St. Louis – commonly referred to as the “Gateway to the West” – is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Midwest with nearly three million residents and growing. It has made Forbes Magazine’s top 100 list for “Best Places for Business and Careers,” “Best in Education” and “Best in Cost of Doing Business.” With affordable home prices, a cost of living below the national average and access to award-winning public school systems, St. Louis continues to be a draw for young professionals and families alike.
St. Louis is rich in history – famous for its roots in the Louisiana Purchase deal and position as the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States in the 19th century. Today, St. Louis continues to develop both economically and culturally and is the largest city in the state of Missouri. Residents and tourists are drawn to St. Louis’ nationally acclaimed city landmarks and wide array of attractions – ranging from fairs, festivals, theater and music to the beloved sports teams – the St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Cardinals. Particularly of interest is St. Louis’ growing and flourishing downtown area, which is full of award-winning restaurants, shopping, entertainment and attractions, one of which is the City Arch project, which will expand the beloved St. Louis Arch grounds with the addition of a one-of-a-kind outdoor space and museum.
St. Louis’ growing business community is built from a workforce that promotes innovation, team work, and success and is where several fortune 500 companies are headquartered.
With nearly 40 colleges, universities and technical schools in the area, including Washington University, St. Louis University and Webster University among others, St. Louis offers access to a diverse array of talent that feed into the city’s growth.