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. 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, St. Louis is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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, 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: 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.