St. Louis is the second-largest city in the state of Missouri and in 2017 was estimated to have a population of 308,626.
The St. Louis metropolitan area, which covers parts of both the states of Missouri and Illinois, has a population of nearly 3,000,000 and is the 22nd-largest in the U.S.
It is situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, which merges with the Missouri just north of the city, and it still remains an important port, the third-largest inland port by tonnage in the U.S.
The city was an important place when Americans were expanding their territory in the 19th century, so it’s no wonder that it acquired the nickname The Gateway to the West!
Not least in the city’s history were the hosting of the World’s Fair and the Olympic Games, both in 1904.
The city’s population was greatly swelled by immigrants from Ireland and Germany in the 19th century who established its fame as the center of the brewing industry.
The St. Louis real estate market has a wide range of properties available, ranging from condos to mansions, and it remains comparatively affordable compared to many other U.S. cities.
Nickname(s): "The Gateway to the West"
Population: 308,626 (2017 estimated)
Land: 61.9 sq. miles
Urban: 923.6 sq. miles
Metro: 8,458 sq. miles
With St. Louis’ long and distinctive history, locals tend to be proud of their city. This is often shown in the loyalty to their baseball team, the Cardinals, who have won 11 World Series championships, the second-most of all Major League teams. The Gateway Arch, which soars over Downtown, it is a powerful symbol of St. Louis’ role in America’s westwards expansion, and it also provides a spectacular light show every evening.
Currently the populations of African-American and white residents in St. Louis are of approximately equal size, and a high percentage of the population speak English as a first language. The African-American influence here shows itself particularly in the city’s very strong tradition of blues, jazz, and ragtime music.
A little way from Downtown, Forest Park is known as the "Heart of St. Louis" and features several important attractions. The city zoo is here and features sharks, penguins, bears, big cats and much more, and there is also a steam railway that stops at some of the attractions. There is also the Missouri History Museum which has many items of local interest. The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the most famous in the U.S. and sees up to a half million visitors annually. For relaxation, there are also running trails and quiet places to have a picnic.
The Fox Theatre is probably the city’s most famous and it presents Broadway shows and other events. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis summer festival are both well-regarded. St. Louis cuisine is famous for gooey butter cake and for a certain style of pizza which is very thin and often square.
The city of St. Louis is divided into 79 officially recognized neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are grouped together in three regions: South City, North City and the Central Corridor.
The South Side—also known as South City— is the part of the city south of interstate I-44 and comprises neighborhoods such as Benton Park, Bevo Mill, Boulevard Heights, Dutchtown, Carondelet and many others. Several breweries used to be located here due to the caves in where the beers could be stored at a cool temperature.
The North Side—also known as North City— is defined as being north of Delmar Boulevard and is comprised of neighborhoods such as West End, Penrose, Baden, and Greater Ville. This region boasts a vibrant community, and used to have large populations of Polish and German people—they left their mark on the area with the distinctive churches they built here.
The Central Corridor is defined as being between Delmar Boulevard and interstate I-44 and encompasses neighborhoods such as Central West End, Downtown, and Midtown. It has many of central St. Louis’ attractions, businesses and shopping opportunities, and, as you would expect, very good transport connections.
The Central West End neighborhood—which is part of the Central Corridor—deserves a special mention. It offers visitors a chance to unwind as it is adjacent to Forest Park, and the neighborhood grew in popularity from the time when the 1904 World’s Fair was held there. In addition, the famous writers Tennessee Williams, T. S. Eliot and William S. Burroughs were all raised here.
On the South Side, in neighborhoods like Dutchtown, Bevo Mill and Lindenwood Park, there are many splendid detached houses to choose from, though some apartments may also be found in low-rise blocks. Properties can be found at a range of prices.
Property for sale in the North Side tends to be less expensive than in other parts of the city, and there are some very nice detached houses available here for reasonable prices.
Central St. Louis, as you might expect, has its share of quality properties and tends to be comparatively pricey. There are also more high-rise blocks here, and so more apartments and condos on offer.
Not surprisingly, the Central West End neighborhood has some real mansions among its properties, including some with very interesting architectural design. Some of these have price tags to match, but there are reasonably priced properties here too.
Property sales figures source: St. Louis REALTORS®, December 2018.
St. Louis Public Schools operates more than seventy-five schools, which include many magnets schools, and it currently has as enrollment of more than 25,000 students. There are also a number of charter schools which are sponsored by local companies and institutions and offer education starting from kindergarten all through high school. Parochial schools are also to be found.
The public University of Missouri-St. Louis and the Jesuit-run Saint Louis University are both national research institutions in town. The Washington University School of Medicine is also located in St. Louis and is a top-10 ranked US medical school.
St. Louis is a big player in the bio-tech sector, and its port still has a big role to play in transporting goods. The city is known as a business center, and of late there has been a vibrant start-up community here that is expected to continue. Of the ten Fortune 500 companies in Missouri, nine are located in the St. Louis metropolitan area, two of the most famous being Emerson Electric and Monsanto.
The unemployment rate in St. Louis tends to hover around the national average, and has been decreasing in recent times. The St. Louis job market is expected to grow in the coming years, and with the city’s stated commitment to renewal energy this is expected to be an area of increasing importance.