Where to Live in St. Louis

Where to Live

A community with a remarkably low cost of living for all the comforts and attractions it affords, St. Louis is a big city with the convenience and sense of connectedness of a smaller one.

Much of Greater St. Louis’ character and charm arises from its neighborhoods, which foster a connectedness among people that is rare today among large metropolitan areas. Whether it is to their immediate communities, to their parishes, or to their particular municipalities within the 16-county region, St. Louisans tend to develop strong ties to their close surroundings.

There are hundreds of distinct neighborhoods and mini-communities in the area, far too many to list individually. Here’s a snapshot:

Within the City, a few of the more prominent include the rapidly emerging downtown loft district centered on Washington Avenue; Lafayette Square, with its gorgeous Victorian townhouses and mansions; Soulard, with its historic farmers’ market and 19th century French-inspired architecture; the Hill, an historic Italian neighborhood that spawned baseball’s Yogi Berra; the Central West End, with its eclectic combination of mansions, townhouses, restaurants and shops; and The Ville, a cradle of African-American culture that produced Chuck Berry, among others.
St. Louis County, meanwhile features some of the most beautiful suburbs to be found anywhere in the United States, and University City, home of the Delmar Loop shopping and entertainment area and, at one time, two Poet Laureates of the United States. Further out in the Missouri portion of the region, St. Charles County provides a more exurban and offer small-town feel.
The Illinois part of the region offers its charms, from beautiful, small-town communities like Edwardsville, which features a campus of Southern Illinois University, to larger cities like Belleville, Collinsville, and Alton, all within easy reach of the downtown St. Louis area.
For all that Greater St. Louis has to offer, the cost of living here is considerably low. The community is the fourth lowest cost of living among the nation’s 20 largest metropolitan areas in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association.