St. Louis, Missouri
Beer (Anheuser-Busch), Aerospace (Boeing), Agricultural Biotechnology (Monsanto), Conglomerates (Emerson Electric), Batteries (Energizer), Rental Cars (Enterprise), Financial Advisors (Edward Jones), Education (Washington University)
Cost of Living
$150,000 median home price vs. $217,000 national average
St. Louis has long been considered the “Gateway to the West”, a name solidified in 1963 when the 630 ft. stainless steel Gateway Arch was completed in downtown St. Louis on the banks of the Mississippi River. This title originated when Lewis and Clark departed in 1804 on their journey up the Missouri River to map the Louisiana Purchase territory from St. Charles, MO which currently sits one county west of St. Louis. The city eventually grew to become the 4th largest U.S. metropolitan area at the turn of the 20th Century, and was the first city in the U.S. to host the World’s Fair and Olympic games in 1904.
Things to do
Catch a Cardinals baseball game at the new Busch Stadium (home of the 2009 All-Star Game), tour the Budweiser brewery and tasting room, take a ride to the top of the St. Louis Arch, gamble at one of several riverboat casinos, and grab drinks on the Mississippi Riverfront at Laclede’s Landing.
In addition to a rich cultural history, the city also has a rich professional baseball history with the St. Louis Cardinals franchise. As the undisputed leader of the National League, the Cardinals 10 World Series titles (most recently 2006) place them second to the Yankees (26) and ahead of the Red Sox (7) in number of World Series titles won.