Best Cities 2010: St. Louis, MO

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Best Cities 2010: St. Louis, MO

Home of the first sky scraper, St. Louis, Missouri has had a hand in building more than 40 breweries

City: St. Louis

State: Missouri

Best Cities Overall Rank: 87

About St. Louis:

The city has had a hand in building more than 40 breweries.
The first skyscraper was born in this city.

The city has four quality children’s hospitals and ranks very high in health care. Its 11.5 to 1 ratio of teachers to children is one of the highest in the country.


County: St. Louis

Population: 354,361

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis blogs:

STL Mommy
STL Working Mom
Saint Louis Daily Photo


St. Louis‘s Facebook page: Follow St. Louis on Facebook

St. Louis‘s Twitter page: Follow St. Louis on Twitter


Education rank:16

High School graduation rate 2008: 53.10%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 8

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 2.25

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 8

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.25

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 267

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 11.5

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,749


Health rank: 20

Quality children’s hospitals: 4

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 1.13

Quality Pediatricians: 18

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 5.08

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 2


Safety rank: 99

Violent Crimes, 2008: 7,383

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 2,083.47

Sex Offenders: 1,329

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 375.04


Economy rank: 64

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 24.30

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 10.69

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1,115.95

Median Home Sale Price: $125,500

5-Year Home Value Index: 1.05%

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 21.65%


Recreation Rank: 65

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 3,001

Parkland per 100,000: 846.88


Photo courtesy of Daniel Schwen