A mix of lush plains and grand mountains makes Missouri’s landscape one of the most beautiful in the country. A long history and strong culture also add to this unique state. But how do you decide which city is best for you? From afar, they all look like winners. We looked at employment, income, school systems, cost of living, amenities, and cost of living to narrow down a list of 7 places you can be proud to call home.
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There are a lot of suburbs on this list, and our number one city of Wildwood, a western suburb of St. Louis, is one of them. But it doesn’t have so much of a suburb feel as a standalone, smaller city. There is plenty of shopping and dining to be found, and you can find plenty of outdoor events and activities in one of their many parks. Plus, the clean, quiet streets are virtually crime-free and the school system is one of the best in the state.
Glendale slides into the #2 spot by ranking extremely high in for employment (unemployment is just over 2%) and high school graduation rate (97% diploma attainment rate. Residents also enjoy one of the state’s lowest crime rates. The only thing that bumps it below #1 Wildwood is that, being so small (just under 6,000 people), it doesn’t offer a lot by way of amenities or density.
Chesterfield is booming. It seems people and businesses alike can’t get enough of this medium-sized ‘burb outside of St. Louis. It might have something to do with the high graduation rate, the low unemployment rate, or the median household income that is sixth highest in the state. Whatever the reason, Chesterfield shows no signs of slowing down.
The cost of living in Ballwin is well below the national average, but you certainly won’t be sacrificing anything by saving a few dollars. Crime rates are among the lowest in the state, and unemployment rates are decent as well. Plus, the community is known for strong city government committed to the wellbeing of its residents.
On the flip side, #5 Ladue is one of the most affluent cities on this list. But you get what you pay for here, as the schools are some of the very best (tied with Glendale for the highest ranking in Missouri). The median household income and home values are also tops in Ladue. It’s another small city, however with an unemployment rate and crime rate slightly higher than you would expect.
#6 Town and Country
Another city where expensive homes are the norm, Town and Country scores with its low crime rate and solid school system. And for golfers, it doesn’t get much better. The local Bellerive Country Club has seen the PGA Tour pass through, and you’ll be in good company when looking to practice your swing. It’s not cheap to settle here; the cost of living is well above average.
For those looking for a little more to do around town, Clayton is a fantastic choice. A thriving arts scene, that features the annual St. Louis Art Fair, keeps the landscape colorful and brings the community together. The city also has a high graduation rate, and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. The only factor isn’t something to brag about is the crime rate, though it’s still a very safe place to live.