St. Louis ranks 100 of 150 ‘Best Places to Live’ in the U.S.

ST. LOUIS — U.S. News and World Report recently published their annual ranking of “Best Places to Live.” They reviewed some of the most populated U.S. cities and graded them on quality of life, value, crime, job market, and other scores.

The St. Louis area may be among the top 25 U.S. cities in terms of population but ranks much lower on the Best Places to Live list. U.S. News and World Report ranked it 100 out of 150 cities.

Here’s how they summarize St. Louis:

St. Louis is a historic metro area of 2.8 million with a family-friendly reputation and tight-knit communities. St. Louisans are loyal to their hometown. Many return permanently after going away to school or living elsewhere.

The area’s low cost of living and central U.S. location are draws for many, including companies looking to relocate. St. Louis businesses run the gamut from tech startups to financial asset managers to aircraft manufacturing. On a smaller scale, a homegrown iconic favorite is the Blueberry Hill restaurant and bar in the Loop, where the father of rock ‘n’ roll himself, Chuck Berry, used to wow the crowds.

The charm of St. Louis’ neighborhoods may be a pleasant surprise to newcomers. Homes range in style from three-story Victorians to wood-framed farmhouses to traditional ranch and two-story colonials.

U.S. News and World Report

The publication says they base the data on sources like the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI, Department of Labor, and more. The rankings are determined by four main indexes: Quality of Life (36%), Value (23%), Desirability (22%), and Job Market (19%), each weighted according to a public survey. These indexes evaluate factors like crime rates, education quality, affordability, resident satisfaction, and job market strength.

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