St. Louis, MO
St. Louis is the largest city in Missouri and the 20th largest city in the United States. Founded in 1764, it was originally created as a French fur-trading village and was named after French king Louis XV. Many of those French influences can still be seen today in the greater metropolitan area, which boasts a population of more than 2.8 million people. St. Louis is home to many diverse neighborhoods, including ritzy Ladue and the eclectic Central West End, and you’ll find people from all walks of life strolling along its sidewalks. Featuring some of the nation’s top attractions and the affordable cost of living, St. Louis is a great place to live.
The most distinctive figure on the St. Louis skyline is the Gateway Arch, a 630-foot steel monument which was originally built as a tribute to westward expansion. Today, it’s one of St. Louis’ most popular attractions, and the grounds underwent a $176 million expansion to include a massive underground component as well as several eateries. Just down the road from the Arch is Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Inside or near the park, you’ll find several of St. Louis’ other main attractions, such as their award-winning zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, and an outdoor theater known as The Muny. Each one is a rich part of the St. Louis culture and hosts events year-round to bring the community together.
St. Louis also has a surprisingly robust restaurant scene. Food and Wine has regularly named it one of the best places to eat in the country, with special mention paid to places like Balkan Treat Box in Webster Groves and Mexican restaurant Nixta near Tower Grove Park. Home to the Anheuser Busch factory, St. Louis also boasts a large number of craft breweries for beer enthusiasts. Civil Life Brewing and 4 Hands in the popular Soulard neighborhood top the list of places to go for a unique drink and tasty bites. While in Soulard, stroll over their farmer’s market, which has been around for almost 250 years and is home to fresh fruits and vegetables from small farms in the area, as well some delicious stalls filled with spices, tea, and confections.
No conversation about St. Louis would be complete without talking about their professional sports teams. Home to the St. Louis Cardinals, their fans are some of the most dedicated in Major League baseball. The city also rallied around their NHL team the Blues during their winning 2019 season. St. Louis also has a remarkably active soccer base, and they were awarded a Major League Soccer team that same year.
St. Louis prides itself on being a “little big town” where there is plenty to do but it still feels like home. Midwestern hospitality is on display everywhere you go, making you feel like you were always meant to be there.