This vibrant city on the banks of the Mississsippi has much to offer visitors intrigued by its history, cultural legacy, and geographic location at the viery center of the country.
From its frontier beginnings as a "Gateway to the West," St. Louis has grown into one ot the country's most prominent cities. Its 630-foot tall, stainless steel Gateway Arch- a symbol of the city's historic role in the nation's westward expansion - is the tallest man-made monument in the U.S., attracting thousands of visitors from around the world each year. It has built on its reputation as the second largest producer of auto vehicles in the United States as well as a center for aerospace development and defense production, to emerge today as one of the new centers for high technology industries (particularly in plant and life sciences), information technologies, and advanced manufacturing.
In terms of quality of life, St. Louis embodies a delightful paradox: The metropolitan area, comprising St. Louis City and County as well as surrounding counties such as St. Charles and Jefferson, is the 18th largest population center in the nation, but it maintains a warm, small-town ambience. Cost of living is among the lowest in country's top-20 major metropolitan areas and city's housing market ranks 2nd in the most affordable housing category.
The region boasts outstanding educational institutions, ranging from pre-kindergartens to nationally ranked universities, as well as a rich mix of fine art, music, theater, and museums. St. Louis also offers a wide range of diverse cuisines, served at fine dining establishments, neighborhood restaurants, and charming bistros. Recreational opportunities and leisure time activities abound, and the city proudly proclaims the distinction of being named "The Best Sports City" by the Sporting News. Family life is important in St. Louis, and manageable commutes make spending time at home easier to accomplish. Finally, with approximately three million people, St. Louis boasts a healthy and growing economic climate.
|St. Louis Region At A Glance|
|Total Income:||73 Billion|
|Area:||6,397 sq. mi.|
|Median Home Price:||$254,700|
|Cost of Living (US=100):||94.3|
|Source: RCGA 2004|
With a geographic location in the very heart of the country, St. Louis has an interesting variety of weather conditions. There is something for everyone to enjoy in the four distinct seasons St. Louis offers. Average temperatures range from the mid-80's in summer to mid-30's in winter. Spring and Autumn are especially delightful with moderate temperatures and a minimum of rainfall. These are the seasons when St. Louisans take advantage of the great outdoors! The average annual temperature for St. Louis is 54.1 degress.
The St. Louis metropolitan area, St. Louis City and County and surrounding counties such as St. Charles and Jefferson, is the 18th largest population center in the United States. With approximately three million people, St. Louis boasts a healthy and growing economic climate. Because of its historic role in the nation's westward expansion, St. Louis is nicknamed, "The Gateway to the West." The 630-foot tall stainless steel Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. Each year tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world take the ride to the top of the Arch for a stunning view of the St. Louis metropolitan area.