St. Louis, MO
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Living in St. Louis


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, St. Louis isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in St. Louis are a mix 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 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 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 education level of St. Louis citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 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.