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Pros

-Cost of living
-Arts & culture
-Educated population

Cons

-Hot, humid summers
-Employment concerns
-Growth and sprawl


What Bert Has To Say About St. Louis Metro Area


Known since the early days as the “Gateway City” because of its access to transportation routes in all directions, St. Louis continues to be an important center of commerce and culture for the Mississippi River Basin. The area includes a broad assortment of mostly residential neighborhoods to the west and the more industrial East St. Louis and several agricultural counties on the Illinois side of the river. For years the downtown area had few highlights outside of the landmark Gateway Arch and the restored Union Station. The population of the city itself had declined gradually for decades, and most of the infrastructure had declined as people moved into the suburbs or away altogether. But more recently, the downtown has started to come back, with new residential facilities and reclaimed warehouse lofts downtown anchored by new sports venues. Similar restorations are going on in other important inner neighborhoods.

The St. Louis area is known for its parks, and the flagship is Forest Park, the 1,300-acre site of the 1904 World’s Fair, now the location of several high-quality museums. To the west lies a patchwork of mostly quiet, shady neighborhoods, including the University City area, home to the highly rated Washington University. Grittier neighborhoods lie to the north of the city, and good family neighborhoods lie along the I-70 corridor to the northwest across the Missouri River and around the I-270 beltway. St. Louis offers plenty of urban and suburban living choices, and home prices and living costs are quite reasonable for this type of city. The diverse economy is led by such companies as Anheuser-Busch, McDonnell-Douglas (now a part of Boeing), Monsanto, and a number of other manufacturing, distribution and service firms. Due to acquisitions and some relocations, the area is less prominent as a corporate headquarters than in the past, and projected job growth is modest. There is some concern about the auto industry in particular; there are four auto assembly plants in the area.

The St Louis area has a very strong base of cultural and entertainment amenities for a city its size. A number of amenities are directed at children, and St. Louis in general is considered a good place to raise a family. Other advantages include a highly educated population for a large city and popular professional sports teams- MLB Cardinals, NFL Rams, and NHL Blues- which are accessible and inexpensive by national standards. Violent crime rates have dropped significantly. Some may not like the hot, humid summer weather and air quality could be better.

The city is located on a plain on the west bank of the Mississippi River with gently rolling hills and undulating plains rising to the west, and mostly level terrain to the east. Hilly areas are wooded and level areas are mainly farmland. The continental climate is affected by warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and cold air masses from Canada, the mixing of which produces a variety of weather conditions and four distinct seasons. During summer, Gulf air tends to dominate, producing warm, humid conditions. Temperatures of 90 or higher are common. Winters are brisk and stimulating, but prolonged periods of extreme cold are rare. Temperatures of zero or below are infrequent. Summer thunderstorms are common and sometimes severe. Spring is the wettest season. Snow is infrequent, with measurable snowfall on 5 to 10 days in most years. First freeze is mid-October, last is mid-April.


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Quick Facts About St. Louis


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in St. Louis is 8.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. St. Louis jobs have Decreased by 0.26 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, St. Louis's cost of living is 16.30% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, St. Louis's population is 318,527 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -8.40 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 24 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in St. Louis is $98,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 4.90 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    St. Louis public schools spend $14,040 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.4 students per teacher in St. Louis.

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Lived here all my life. I'll keep it short and sweet. Dangerous, Poor housing market, sorry race relations, racism, sagging job market, brutal winters, lazy cops (want... (read more)
re: St. Louis is only good for the well-off. - 10/
Dear Alicia and Lauren, I have not lived or experienced the life that you have and can not fully understand all the tribulation you have been through. I thank you for... (read more)
re: Class spelled with a kapital "K" - 11/13/2012
I doubt the commenter I am replying to comes from Beverly Hills but if they do I would remind them that globally ranked, your metro area is 1 or 2 out on the planet for... (read more)
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