St. Louis is a large city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 301,578 people and 166 constituent neighborhoods, St. Louis is the second largest community in Missouri. St. Louis has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
St. Louis is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. 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 (10.26%), management occupations (9.26%), and sales jobs (8.42%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in St. Louis telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.61% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
St. Louis is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of St. Louis. This makes St. Louis a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, St. Louis presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.
St. Louis, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of St. Louis are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
The population of St. Louis is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 37.24% of adults in St. Louis have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in St. Louis in 2018 was $31,930, which is wealthy relative to Missouri, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,720 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in St. Louis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.