St. Louis, MO
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St. Louis is a large city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 315,685 people and 137 constituent neighborhoods, St. Louis is the second largest community in Missouri. Much of the housing stock in St. Louis was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

St. Louis is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, St. Louis is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Louis who work in office and administrative support (12.49%), sales jobs (9.92%), and management occupations (8.53%).

Also of interest is that St. Louis has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

St. Louis is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but St. Louis really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, St. Louis citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in St. Louis ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in St. Louis a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

The overall education level of St. Louis citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.91% of adults in St. Louis have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in St. Louis in 2010 was $23,945, which is upper middle income relative to Missouri, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $95,780 for a family of four. However, St. Louis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

St. Louis is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call St. Louis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of St. Louis residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in St. Louis include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in St. Louis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.