St. Louis is a large city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 308,626 people and 137 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 (12.23%), sales jobs (9.50%), and management occupations (8.82%).
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 one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although St. Louis is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
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 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: 34.12% of adults in St. Louis have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in St. Louis in 2010 was $26,739, 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 $106,956 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.