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     Where Does Saint Louis Rank?

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Ever wonder how Saint Louis ranks compared to other American cities in the US and around the world?

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Saint Louis Moving Up in Global Economic Rankings

Saint Louis Metro ranks 54 of 150 regions worldwide on the "Global MetroMonitor" compiled by the Brookings Institution and the London School of Economics. Saint Louis ranks 11th among USA metro areas behind only Austin, Dallas, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, Seattle, Nashville, San Antonio, and Charlotte. The Global MetroMonitor ranks regions on the context of past economic performance, employment trends, and projected economic growth.








   Photos by Dr. Charles D. Schmitz

Where Saint Louis Ranks on Quality of Life Indicators?

star  Saint Louis Region Named All-American Region 2008

star  Saint Louis Region Named a Four-Star Quality of Life Metro 2007, Expansion Management magazine

star  Saint Louis Region Named One of the Most Underrated Destinations of the World, Los Angeles Times, 2009

star  Saint Louis Region Has the Best Value of any Urban Destination Anywhere, Los Angeles Times, 2009

star  Saint Louis Region's Crime Ranking (103) is Among the Lowest in the Nation for Large Metropolitan Areas

star  Saint Louis Region named as one of the National Trust for Historical Preservation's 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations

star  Saint Louis is one of the "100 Cities of the World," Falco Brenner and published by Parragon

1st - Saint Louis was Voted "Happiest City in America" by jetpack city guides, 2013

1st - Washington University of Saint Louis was Number 1 in the annual Lumosity ranking of the smartest colleges in America. (Lumosity Smartest Colleges, 2013)

1st - Saint Louis ranks number 1 on the list of America's "fastest-growing cities for tech jobs" according to Fortune Magazine (March 20, 2013)

1st - US Cities with the Cheapest Cost of Living (, 2011)

1st - Saint Louis boasts more museums and libraries per capita than any city in the Top 10 (and it beats New York and Washington, D.C., by a factor of 25!)

1st - Missouri ranks as the Best State in the Country for Manufacturing and Logistics (Ball State University's Bureau of Business Research, 2011)

1st - Lowest Cost of Living in the United States, US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), 2009

1st - Total non-profit arts industry spending and volunteers for the arts in markets with a population of greater than One Million (Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, 2005)

1st - Best Tasting City Water in America (blind taste test for taste, clarity, and aroma), Veolia Water North America Central LLC, 2007

1st - Shortest wait in a supermarket line among the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the USA, 2009

1st - The Muny in Saint Louis is America's oldest and largest outdoor theatre devoted exclusively to musical theatre,

1st - Best Large City for a Weekend Getaway in the Midwest (AAA Midwest Traveler, July-August 2011)

1st - List of the 10 Happiest Cities for Job-Seeking College Grads (, 2012)

1st - Saint Louis Zoo, America's Number One Rated Zoo (The Zagat Survey in Association with Parenting Magazine, 2012). Rated America's #1 Zoo, the Saint Louis Zoo is the region's best-loved and most-visited family attraction - the Zoo welcomed a record 3.5 million visitors in 2012

1st - Saint Louis has Missouri's Top Five High Schools according to US News and World Report (2013) (

1st - Saint Louis Voted "Best Large City for a Weekend Getaway" in the Midwest for 2013 (AAA Best of the Midwest Annual Reader Poll, 2013)

1st - Saint Louis and Missouri ranks Number 1 in America in 2013 when it comes to wine access laws (

2nd - Saint Louis was selected number 2 of the Top Ten Best Places to Retire 2013 (Livability Top 10 Best Places to Retire 2013)

2nd - Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra is the 2nd oldest in the United States

2nd - America's Most Literate Cities, Central Connecticut State University, 2009

2nd - Most Affordable Large Metropolitan Area in the Country, National Association of Home Builders, 2008

2nd - Safest City from Food Borne Diseases, Men's Health magazine, February 2008

2nd - Top U.S. Cities with the Biggest Bang for your Buck (, 2012)

3rd - The Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis, MO -- a World Class Botanical Garden founded in 1859 -- was rated as the Third Best public garden in America by MoBot is known for having one of the biggest Orchid collections in the world. (, 2013).

3rd - Saint Louis Zoo, 10 Best Zoos for Kids, Parent's Magazine, May 2009

3rd - Annual List of "Top 50 Labor Day Destinations" for 2010,

3rd - Lowest Cost of Living (among America's 40 largest metropolitan areas, October 2009)

3rd - America's Recession-Proof Cities to Retire In (among America's 40 largest metropolitan areas, October 2009)

4th - Saint Louis Art Fair, Art Fair Source Book for Top 25 Fine Art Events in the Nation for 2009

4th - Most Affordable Places to Live Well (housing affordability, cost of living, quality of life, best arts and leisure offerings), Forbes Magazine 2007

4th - Lowest Median Monthly Housing Cost (among America's 40 largest metropolitan areas), October 2009)

4th - St. Louis is the fourth most romantic city in the United States, according to Foursquare, a social media site established in 2009 to enable location-based social networking for mobile devices, such as smartphones (2012).

5th - Recession-Proof Cities to Retire In, Forbes magazine, October 2009

5th - Saint Louis Science Center, 10 Best Science Centers for Families, Parents magazine, September 2008

5th - St. Louis' home ownership rate of 72.9% ranks it 5th out of the top 67 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the USA (US Census Bureau, 2010)

5th - Average annual total attendance among American cities at live theater performances (Google; various theater publications - on-line and in print, 2011) Link: Top 10 US Cities for Live Theater

5th - Saint Louis Zoo, America's Top 10 Zoos (Travel and Leisure, 2011)

5th - Pageant Concert Club in Saint Louis, Pollstar's Annual List of Top 100 Club Venues in the World, 2011

6th - Lowest Median Home Price (among America's 40 largest metropolitan areas, October 2009)

6th - St. Louis ranks as the 6th most Cost-Effective Location to do Business among 22 U.S. metros with populations exceeding two million. (KPMG, 2011)

7th - Saint Louis Region Ranks 7th as a location for Fortune 500 and 1000 companies (n=21) ahead of Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,Richmond, San Antonio, and San Francisco. Source: Saint Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association 2010

7th - Most Affordable U.S. Real Estate Market (houses affordable to median income-earning households), Forbes magazine, 2007

7th - Top 10 "Great Cities for Older Singles" (AARP, 2012) -

8th - Eighth Largest American City -- when Saint Louis City and County are combined with 1.3 million people

8th - Missouri ranks 8th lowest of the largest metropolitan areas in the Cost of Business. (CNBC, 2011)

8th - Danforth Plant Science Center Ranked 8th in Top 10 Best Places to Work in Academia, Scientist Magazine, 2011,

8th - Most Generous Large Cities, per capita on-line giving 2010

8th - America's Best Housing Markets, Forbes magazine, February 2010

8th - Real Estate Investing, HomeVestors of America Inc., 2008

8th - Saint Louis is listed among the top 8 The Strongest Markets for Technology Hiring in 2012 (, January 2012)

9th - Most Courteous City (least road rage), AutoVantage 2009 Road Rage Survey

9th - Best U.S. Cities for Relocating Families (cost of living, crime rates, education, climate, arts and culture, diversity, physicians per capita), Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation,2007

10th - Highest Volunteer Rate in the Nation, Corporation for National & Community Service, 2010

10th - Saint Louis is listed among the top 10 Great Cities for Starting a Business (, December, 2011)

11th - 2011 Best Cities for Families (to live and raise a family based on great schools, affordable homes, low crime rates, jobs, and parkland),

15th - Best City for Young Professionals, Forbes Magazine, July 2008

15th - Bicycle Friendly Community, League of American Bicyclists for 2009

16th - Best Cities for Singles, Forbes magazine, July 2008

18th - Most Populated Metropolitan Statistical Area in the USA with nearly 3 million people, US Census Bureau

18th - Smartest Place to Live (median home price, cost of living, economic vitality, education, healthcare, local arts scene, recreational facilities), Kiplinger Personal Finance 2006

Top 25 - Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the Top 25 art museums in America, Travel Holiday's Best Art Museums in America, 2009

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