St. Louis Real Estate & Community Information
St. Louis Real Estate & Community Information
Known around the world as one of the largest cities in America and the cultural and economic heart of Missouri, St. Louis is home to an estimated 315,685 residents. St. Louis’ roots in modern America date back to 1764 when it was founded by fur traders and named after the French King Louis IX. The area was purchased in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Since then, St. Louis became a major port on the Mississippi. During the 1800’s it became the 4th largest city in America. Now as St Louis celebrates its 250th birthday, it continues to grow and improve through award winning urban revitalization.
St. Louis’ economy is multi-faceted and focuses on manufacturing, transportation of goods, tourism, and service industries. It is also home to a large number of major corporations, as well for its medical and research presence.
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Shopping & Dining
As the cultural center of Missouri, it comes as no surprise that St. Louis boasts the best shopping and dining venues in the state. Some of the best shopping in St. Louis can be found in the restored landmark of the St. Louis Station. Once America’s busiest passenger-rail terminal, this 100-year old Romanesque-style building houses more than 80 shops and restaurants, along with a hotel and small lake. Central West End is where you’ll find plenty of galleries, bookstores, boutiques, and antique shops, along with a variety of fine restaurants. And if you love antiques, then you’ll be in heaven in Cherokee Antique Row. With 6 blocks full of over 30 stores selling a massive variety of vintage potter, glassware, military items, jewelry, furniture, clothing and book, you’re certain to find lost treasure. Other major shopping venues include The Loop, Chesterfield Mall, West County Center, St. Louis Mills, Plaza Frontenac, and Saint Louis Galleria, among many others.
St. Louis is a certainly a never-ending source of world-class dining. It would take years to try every restaurant in the city. Some of the top places to eat in St. Louis include Bogart’s Smokehouse, which serves some of the best BBQ in St. Louis. For amazing New Orleans style Cajun food and live entertainment, Broadway Oyster Bar is the place to go. For a romantic night out, Hendel’s offers an historic setting and extraordinary American cuisine. Also not to be missed are St. Louis favorites such as Sugarfire Smoke House, Charlie Gitto's, Rooster, Pi Pizzeria, and The Shaved Duck, among hundreds of other amazing places to dine.
As of 2015, there is an estimated 315,685 residents who call St. Louis home. During the 2010 census, it was reported that there were 142,057 households, with a median income of $29,156. In 2015 the GDP of the city was $155 billion. The Per Capita GDP was $48,738 in 2014, which was an increase of 1.6% from 2013. This is a signal of economic growth in St. Louis. The presence of major companies and institutions, such as Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Monsanto, Reinsurance Group of America, Arch Coal, Scottrade, Wells Fargo Advisors (formerly A.G. Edwards), Energizer Holdings, Post Foods, United Van Lines, and Mayflower Transit further serve to bolster the local economy.
There are 79 government designated neighborhoods in St. Louis. Some of these include Central West End, Holy Hills, Lindenwood Park, Princeton Heights, South Hampton, North Hampton, and St. Louis Hills.
Parks & Recreation
There are more than 100 parks in St. Louis, maintained by the city of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, the National Park Service, or a private entity. Some of these parks include Aloe Plaza, Beckett Park, Carondelet Park, Fairground Park, Forest Park, Memorial Plaza, and Tower Grove Park.
Of course St. Louis is no doubt most famous for its landmarks, especially the unmistakable Gateway Arch. The Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made monument in the entire Western Hemisphere, at 630 feet tall and is the focal point of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Other outstanding landmarks are the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Art Museum, City Hall, St. Louis Science Center, and the St. Louis Zoo.
The 25,000 student in St. Louis attend more than 75 schools, all which are operated by St. Louis Public Schools. Charter schools also operate in St. Louis and are locally sponsored. There are several private schools and parochial schools. The oldest secondary school, St. Louis University High School, is also located in the city.
There are also two national research universities in St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University. Washington is considered one of the top 10 medical schools in the nation by US World & News report.