Description of St. Louis and Metro Area

Greater St. Louis is an area of Missouri and Illinois that surrounds and includes the independent city of St. Louis, also encompassing St. Louis County, and parts of Eastern Illinois. The people of both St. Louis and Missouri enjoy a high quality of life in both education, health care, recreation, and rapid commute times. In Q1 2012, Missouri was shown to have the 12th lowest cost of living in the United States, benefiting both residents and local business development. Local business and residents also benefit from the high education standards of the region, supported by the presence of such prestigious universities as Washington University and Saint Louis University. Transportation in St. Louis is done via rail and road routes that connect the area both on a local area and a national one. Lambert St. Louis also acts as a connector to the rest of the United States and abroad. St. Louis is also one of the leading metropolitan areas for building green, ranking 9th in America for LEED-certified building, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The 2011 Gross Metropolitan Product (GMP) of Greater St. Louis was a total of $133.1 billion, ranking it 21st in the United States. In 2011, St. Louis was the chosen home for nine Fortune 500 companies: Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Monsanto, Reinsurance Group of America, Ameren, Charter Communications, Peabody Energy, Graybar Electric, and Centene. The top three sources of employment in the area are trade/transportation/utilities with 249,000, education/healthcare services with 225,000, and professional/business services with 185,000 workers.

For more information on the region, please visit the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership