TERRIFIC QUALITY OF LIFE
- Neighborhoods. Some of the most beautiful suburbs to be found anywhere in the U.S. are located in St. Louis.
- Cultural attractions. St. Louis boasts the best zoo in America (and it’s free!), a top-five science center, one of three best botanical gardens anywhere and an internationally admired symphony orchestra. It has nationally distinguished theater and opera, a vibrant art community, outstanding comprehensive and contemporary art museums, and an acclaimed art fair.
- Sports. St. Louis has three national sports teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals, winner of the 2006 and 2011 World Series; St. Louis Rams, winner of the 1999 Super Bowl; and St. Louis Blues hockey team.
BIG CITY ADVANTAGES ALL WITHIN REACH
- Livable. Centrally located near the population and geographic centers of the U.S., St. Louis has easy access to virtually everything from virtually anywhere. Short commute times. Outstanding schools. Among the most affordable cities in the nation.
- Climate. St. Louis enjoys the advantages of four full seasons, with few extremes. Average monthly temperatures range from 33.8°F in January to 80.0°F in July.
- All-American City. The St. Louis region was named a 2008 All-America City from the National Civic League, the oldest and most prestigious civic recognition in the nation.
GREAT FAMILY AMENITIES
- Greenways, parks and trails. For bicyclists, joggers, hikers and rollerbladers, there are more than 150 miles of off-street trails and dedicated on-street bicycle lanes. A 600-mile network of interconnected greenways, parks and trails known as the River Ring is being developed by the Great Rivers Greenway District in cooperation with numerous public and private partnerships. Area highlights include the 225-mile Katy Trail and three bicycle/pedestrian bridges over the Mississippi River, including the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge and the new McKinley Bridge Bikeway and Trestle at Branch Street.
- Forest Park. Officially opened to the public on June 24, 1876, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. At 1,293 acres, it’s approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York. In 1904, the St. Louis World’s Fair drew more than 20 million visitors from around the world to its location in Forest Park.
- Cultural institutions. Forest Park is home to the region’s major cultural institutions – the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Science Center and The Muny. It also serves as a sports center for golf, tennis, baseball, bicycling, boating, fishing, handball, ice skating, rollerblading, jogging, rugby and more. Forest Park is equally significant from a naturalistic perspective. In a city where 80 percent of the land has been developed for business, industry or residential uses, the park serves as a natural oasis for the city, an important source of green space, a respite for migrating birds and an integrated ecosystem where humans and nature interact.
- Nature areas. In addition to being close to the Ozark area’s streams for canoeing, fishing and recreation, St. Louis is within easy driving distance of many of the most outstanding regional and state parks in the Midwest.