The St. Louis region is becoming a magnet for smart, entrepreneurial and wonderfully upbeat young professionals. The best and the brightest are building interesting careers here balanced with a high quality of life.
Attractor factors include:
- Lowest cost of living among nation's 20 largest metropolitan areas - Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) (1Q 2012).
- Best city for recent college graduates - Careerbliss (2012).
- Best city for cheapskates (for those on a budget!) - Kiplinger (2012)
- Growth rate in Downtown for young adults (25-34) with college degrees is the fastest by percentage rate in the nation (2000 to 2005-2009).
- 2nd Most affordable housing market among the 20 largest U.S. metropolitan areas - National Association of Home Builders "Housing Opportunity Index" (1Q 2012).
- 19th Largest metro area.
- 31% Single – U.S. Census Bureau.
- Home to St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Blues.
- Exciting, diverse and affordable restaurant scene.
- World-class art museum, symphony, zoo, botanical garden.
- Forest Park, the city centerpiece, is 500 acres larger than New York’s Central Park.
- More than 100 parks and greenways; 200 miles of biking trails.
To learn what bright young professionals are saying about St. Louis, please view “Best and Brightest:
St. Louis Attracts Young Professionals.” Also, note links to more detail on the things young professionals find particularly compelling here: professional sports, the arts, the entertainment scene, outdoor activities, social connections and more.