A thriving metropolitan area of 2.8 million people, the Gateway to the West is a big city that retains the small-town, friendly character of the Midwest. Living here is simple and affordable.
Like all great cities, St. Louis is a collection of diverse neighborhoods, and within their confines, natives and transplants alike can find easy access to housing, food, fun and a variety of activities.
Forest Park, one of more than 140 parks in the greater St. Louis area, is located adjacent to Washington University Medical Center. A haven for St. Louisans, it is home to St. Louis' zoo, science center, and art museum, the Missouri History Museum, and the Muny, America's oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre. The park also offers public tennis courts and golf courses, an outdoor ice rink, a nearly eight-mile paved trail, picnic areas, athletic fields, and a system of scenic lagoons and waterways.
St. Louis is a sports-minded city that enthusiastically supports Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey, as well as a number of semi-pro and amateur teams. Many other types of entertainment also are available. The Missouri Botanical Garden offers beautiful displays and exhibits year-round, as well as several annual festivals, including the Japanese Festival held each Labor Day weekend. The Saint Louis Symphony is among the country's best, and several first-rate theater companies practice their art here. The Fox Theatre and the Peabody Opera House present Broadway shows, concerts and family shows. Blues, jazz, and rock bands are hot attractions in local clubs, and large outdoor venues draw major concerts.
Getting around St. Louis is easy, without the stressful commute that is a feature of other major metropolitan areas. Driving in the city and county is a breeze on its major thoroughfares, and our light rail system (MetroLink) serves St. Louis, St. Louis County, as well as Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois. For those who love the outdoors, activities can be found within and around the metropolitan area; bike trails line both the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, and the Ozark mountains and river valleys are perfect for backpacking, camping, fishing, and canoeing.
Finally, St. Louis is affordable. Housing prices in the city and surrounding areas are considerably lower than in other areas of the country; residents both own and rent property. This, combined with its wide variety of professional opportunities and cultural attractions, make St. Louis a most desirable place in which to work and live.
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