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One of the best places to live Forbes magazine ranked St. Louis the #4 “Most Affordable Place To Live Well” list in their November 2007 list, compiled based on housing affordability, cost of living, quality of life, and best arts and leisure offerings. The Webster Groves community in St. Louis was named one of the “10 Best Towns for Families” by Family Circle magazine August 2008. Webster Groves was noted for its historic Victorian homes, landmark buildings, close community, and small class sizes. Two St. Louis communities, O’Fallon and St. Peters, ranked among the 100 best places to live in the nation on Money magazine’s 2010 list of “100 Best Places to Live” based on job growth, income increases, cost of living, housing affordability, school quality, arts and leisure options, safety, medical care, diversity, and average commute. St. Louis ranked as the 18th smartest place to live on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s first list of “50 Smart Places to Live” in 2006 based on median home price, cost of living, economic vitality, education, health care, local arts scene, and recreational facilities. Forbes magazine ranked the culture in St. Louis #16 of 40 in a 2009 survey of “Best Cities for Singles.”
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A great city for young professionals St. Louis experienced the fastest rate of growth of college-educated young adults living in or near downtown St. Louis over the last decade than in any other major metro area, according to a report from CEOs for Cities. The report notes that the population ages 25-34 with a four-year degree living within three miles of downtown St. Louis grew 87% (2,700 people) from 2000-2009. Forbes magazine named St. Louis the 15th “Best City For Young Professionals” in the July 2008 issue based on the high share of best big businesses and small businesses that call St. Louis home, the number of graduate students attracted to the region, the never-married population, and the salary-to-cost-of-living ratio.
A best place for relocating families St. Louis ranked #9 among large metro areas in the U.S. 2007 Best Cities for Relocating Families ranking by Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation. The study was based on factors such as cost of living, crime rates, education, climate, arts and culture, diversity, and number of physicians per capita.
Favorable place to raise a family The St. Louis region was named one of the top 100 best places to raise a family by Best Life magazine in 2008 based on favorable studentteacher ratios, above-average test scores, plenty of museums, parks, and pediatricians, safety, length of commutes and more. The study evaluated 257 cities. St. Louis ranked #92.
A bicycle friendly community Bicycling magazine named St. Louis #38 on its list of the 50 Top Places to Ride in the United States in the May 2010 issue. Each city was rated on its vibrant and diverse bike culture, as well as its smart, savvy bike shops. Bicycling magazine notes that St. Louis has over 73 miles of on-street bike routes and praised the region’s participation in National Bike to Work Day. St. Louis was ranked as a top “Bicycle Friendly Community” in the United States by the League of American Bicyclists for 2009. Overall, the state of Missouri ranks 17 out of the 50 states, while St. Louis is listed in the top 15 out of 318 cities.
A great place to buy a home In February 2010, Forbes magazine named St. Louis #8 on its “America’s Best Housing Markets” list based on low foreclosures, rising home prices, and affordability.
A most affordable city In August 2007, Forbes magazine named St. Louis the 7th “Most Affordable U.S. Real Estate Market.” St. Louis was named the second-most affordable large metropolitan area in the country by the National Association of Home Builders in 2008. Arnold, just south of St. Louis, ranked #13 out of 25 for “2008 Most Affordable Communities” with fewer than 50,000 residents by Money magazine.
A community of sites and attractions Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals, was named #6 on Fox Sports’ list of The 10 best ballparks in Major League Baseball for 2010. The Pageant ranks #4 on Pollstar’s “Top Club Venues in the World”, according to Pollstar’s 2008 annual lists. The Fox Theatre ranks 11th among the top 100 theater venues in the world. The Saint Louis Science Center was named #5 on the “10 Best Science Centers for Families” in the country by Parents magazine, September 2008. Forbes Traveler magazine recognized the Science Center as one of the nation’s Top 25 Most Visited Museums in 2007.
The Delmar Loop in University City and St. Louis was named among the 10 Great Streets in America for 2007 by the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America program. The Saint Louis Zoo, located in Forest Park, was named #3 on Parents magazine’s “10 Best Zoos for Kids” in the May 2009 issue. The St. Louis City Museum in 2005 was named one of the “World’s 10 Best Public Spaces” by the New York-based Project for Public Spaces.
An area of safe food St. Louis ranked as the 2nd safest city from food borne diseases out of 101 metro areas with an A+ grade by Men’s Health magazine in February 2008. The study looked at the number of outbreaks of food borne illnesses per capita, deaths caused by food borne diseases, and states which have adopted the FDA’s most current Food Code.
A most generous community St. Louis was named one of the nation’s most generous large cities for 2010 ranking 8th, based on 2009 per capita online giving and total amount donated online with total populations of more than $100,000. St. Louis ranked as having the 10th highest volunteer rate in the nation among large U.S. cities for 2010, according to a study published by the
Corporation for National & Community Service. The study found that St. Louis had a volunteer rate of 31% in 2009, with 709,200 adult volunteers contributing an average of 38.7 hours of service per resident.
A most literate area The St. Louis region ranked No. 2 in the country for library services on the 2009 “America’s Most Literate Cities” study published by Central Connecticut State University. St. Louis was also named the 11th most literate city overall for 2009, based on six key indicators of literacy.
A historic preservation destination St. Louis was named as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2010 ”Dozen Distinctive Destinations”, which ranked cities on their offerings of cultural and recreational experiences that differ from those found at the typical vacation destinations.
An eventful city St. Louis ranked in the top 25 “2007 Most Eventful Cities” by Eventful.com, which ranks cities based on the total number of events listed on its site that took place in each U.S. city from August 2006 to August 2007.
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