A GREAT PLACE FOR BUSINESS
- Workforce. Strong scientific and technological skills, excellent training opportunities and an energetic Midwestern work ethic in a community with more graduate, professional and bachelor’s degrees than the U.S. average and 24 percent more individuals dedicated to computer and math than the U.S. average.
- Cost of living. Considerably more affordable than comparable metropolitan regions. In fact, for the second quarter of 2008, St. Louis had the second-lowest cost of living among the nation’s 20 largest metropolitan areas, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research.
- Business affordability. The seventh-lowest business cost and moderate labor costs.
- Health care leadership. One of the nation’s leading health care centers. Hospitals and medical schools – including the renowned St. Louis University and Washington University medical schools – consistently rank among the top-recognized in the U.S. As of September 2007, the St. Louis Metro Area included 58 hospitals, 45 of which were general acute-care hospitals. These area hospitals have over 12,500 beds, including approximately 7,700 medical-surgical beds.