St. Louis Is…
- located in a major metropolitan area of 2.8 million, though it is also a "city of neighborhoods" with 79 distinct neighborhoods recognized by the City.
- a midwestern city that also has a diverse population composed of many ethnic groups, including Bosnian, Vietnamese, Hispanic, and Ethiopian populations.
- affordable. St. Louis currently has the 2nd lowest cost of living among the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the US according to data from the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. Additionally, there are multiple free events throughout the year, especially downtown and in Forest Park and during the summer.
- a business center. St. Louis is the home of nine Fortune 500 companies, including Express Scripts, Monsanto, and Jones Financial. The area is also home to major divisions of the Boeing Company, Anheuser-Busch/In-Bev, and Charter Communications among others.
- a college city. More than 20 universities and colleges are located in the area, with over 100,000 students enrolled in four-year universities.
St. Louis Is…
- a sports town. The city has an unwavering devotion to the 122-year-old St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball team, winner of 11 world series. It is also home to the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Blues hockey team. In addition, St. Louis hosts multiple college sporting events, including the men's basketball final four in 2004, the women's basketball final four in 2009, and is yearly host to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and the annual University of Illinois and University of Missouri Braggin' Rights games.
- a place for foodies. Whether you’re looking for restaurants focused on local ingredients or fine dining headed by chefs featured as Food & Wine's Best New Chefs in 2011 and 2008, classic Italian cooked by the man that has catered multiple presidential inaugurations, pizza that’s been flown by special request to the White House, soul food that’s so delicious that it’s featured on the Food Network and OWN, local BBQ or ice cream haunts, or a monthly food truck extravaganza known as "Food Truck Fridays", there is dining in St. Louis to suit any taste.
- a beer town. In addition to being the long-time home of Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis has undergone a micro-brew resurgence with 19 microbreweries in the metro area alone and an active home-brewing community. The city is the home of multiple beer festivals throughout the year, such as the St. Louis Brewer’s Heritage Festival, and the Repeal Prohibition Festival.
- a cultural hot-spot. The city is home of the world-renowned St. Louis Symphony, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, a professional ballet company, two theaters hosting national touring companies, more than 40 local professional theater companies, hundreds of local music venues, both large and small, the St. Louis Art Museum, multiple world-renowned art institutions, and many art collectives.
- full of festivals. Summer is festival season in St. Louis, with performance festivals where you can picnic in Forest Park and watch free Shakespeare, picnic in the Missouri Botanical gardens listening to live jazz, spend days watching alternative performances at the St. Louis Fringefest, or see a variety of local and national indie acts at LouFest. Diversity is celebrated at events such as PrideFest, the Festival of Nations, the Japanese Festival and the St. Nicholas Greek Festival. St. Louis hosts one of the nation’s most highly rated art festivals, as well as multiple local art fests including Let them Eat Art and Art Outside. Food is featured prominently at the Taste of St. Louis and the neighborhood versions such as Taste of the CWE. St. Louis also hosts the second largest Mardi Gras celebration every winter in the old French neighborhood of Soulard and a summer fair with a month of free concerts and fireworks downtown.
St. Louis Is…
- close to nature. There are 111 parks in St. Louis City and 65 St. Louis County Parks, including Forest Park, a 1200+ acre park next to Barnes-Jewish Hospital containing the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Municipal Theater, and Science Center (all of which can be experienced for free), as well as miles of running and bike trails, an ice skating rink, a playground, baseball, rugby, and soccer fields and visitors center. The renowned Missouri Botanical Garden is located just south of BJH. Two state parks are located in west St. Louis County, with mountain bike trails, hiking trails, and river access. Additional state parks with camping options, natural rock formations, hiking, canoeing and rock climbing are located within several hours of the city.
St. Louis Is…
- way more than we can list on this page! While this page details many of the awesome features of St. Louis, it can’t begin to show all of the possibilities, from amazing playground museums and farmer’s markets that can’t be categorized, to the many events that would make this page even longer than it already is. If you’re looking for more information about St. Louis we suggest you check out information from the My St. Louis website hosted by the university, the St. Louis visitor’s information center, the local newspaper or npr website for local news and events, Sauce and Feast magazines for food and entertainment news, or nextSTL for a local perspective.
If you’re still not convinced you should visit St. Louis, check out this video and we think you’ll see why we love the city and think you will too!