St Louis

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Post # 2
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Sugar bee

I live in St. Louis and can answer a lot of questions! What company is the offer with, or at least what zip code is it in? That would guide some of my answers. You can PM me if you prefer.

I also want to note that the frequent ranking of St. Louis as the most dangerous city is very misleading. It only takes into account the city of St. Louis, and not the St. Louis metro area. The population of the city of St. Louis is about 300,000 and there are pretty bad areas.The population of St. Louis County is 2.2 million – if all crimes are combined, St. Louis’ ranking would be dramatically better. And the County isn’t huge, so it’s not a case of me watering down statistics to make St. Louis look better.

Things I love about St. Louis:

  • Wonderful historical homes. Plenty of new ones too, but if you like interesting/unique/well built homes there are a huge amount of them.
  • Things to do: Many museums, free world-class Zoo, stunning botanical garden, amazing variety of restaurants, (restricted due to Covid, but hoping that changes soon..) Great hiking trails, many parks all over – including Forest Park which is bigger than Central Park in NY, but situated similarly…smack in the middle of the City/County. Some of the buildings there are from the 1904 World’s Fair. And the Arch of course.
  • I can get anywhere in about 20 minutes. I live pretty centrally in the County, but even when I lived a litte more North or East, I could still get where I was going in 30 min.
  • Walkable neighborhoods exist.
  • World class hospitals and Universities, many excellent school districts.
  • 4 seasons, although summers can be brutal with very high humidity.
  • Feels like a big metro area, but it’s really not compared to other places. So it’s “cozy” in some way.

I could go on…but really feel free to PM me any questions including what kind of living you enjoy. If you get a real estate agent to help guide you, many many many of them point people to St. Charles and points West because “you can get more house for the money”, which drives me crazy. There is nothing interesting out there…to me it’s just a bunch of strip malls and crappy new builds. Then you have to drive an hour to do anything cool, and traffic can be miserable because you have to cross the Missouri river with thousands of other commuters.

eta: There are a good amount of nice homes you can rent. It might be good to rent for a year to really get the feel of where you’d like to live. Although that applies to any city.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I was in a long distance relationship with a guy who lived in St. Louis and I loved it there. I believe he lived in central west end. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

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@emsie:  That area is beautiful! Historic homes, historic apartment buildings – some with apartments bigger than my house, great restaurants, nightlife, fairly diverse, and just a minute from Forest Park.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I live in St. Louis and would be happy to answer any questions! Feel free to send me a PM! 

I agree with the bee above. A couple things to add: The parks here are amazing, plentiful and well kept. If you live in the city there is literally a park within walking distance no matter where you live. And the big parks: Forest and Tower Grove are awesome and have so much going on all the time. 

One other thing is the food!! Seriously, some world class restaurants here. The food is so good, there is a variety of ethnic options and its all relatively affordable! 

There are some areas to avoid and some areas that are better to live in depending on what you are looking for. Feel free to PM me and ask any questions! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

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@katebluestone:  Yay! Another St. Louisan! What neighborhood do you live in?

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I work in STL and live in a rural area just outside of the city. I will agree with EVERTHING katebluestone said!  And Sunshine024!

As with any new position or place, research, research research! Good luck! Feel free to message about anything… I’m in accounting, in the manufacturing industry, but have helped place quite a few people in other industries, locally. I’m also very involved in local public education and state level lobbyng and state school board 🙂 I have LOTS of info about schools, if you are looking in any specific area and are in that place in life!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’m also in the area. I live outside the city but go into the city for things occassionally. The botanical garden is amazing and I really enjoy the fabulous fox (back prepandemic when they had shows!). Like any city there are good areas and bad areas. I’m originally from the northeast as well and tend to be pretty liberal and I run into a lot of conservatives in the area, but that may be due to my line of work more than anything. That’s my biggest pet peeve about the area! The further you get from the city, the more conservative it gets.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

 

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@mrsyoung18:  Agree that there are a lot of conservatives which is distressing so I just ignore them 😉

But the other cool thing about St. Louis is despite the conservatives, there are a ton of more liberal people and many pockets of social modernists who don’t GAF in a fabulous way. So you can always find your people, whoever they may be.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

I’m from Saint Louis. My husband is in the Air Force, so we are currently living in Mississippi and I miss Saint Louis EVERY SINGLE DAY. I love it there. It’s home. There’s so much to do and discover, and the food is amazing. Good Chinese, good Mexican, good Italian, good Korean, good pizza, good barbecue. Can’t go wrong.

I was a cop there and I can verify it’s more safe overall than the media would lead you to believe. Like every other larger city, it has good and bad areas. I’ve lived in West County, Dogtown and Rock Hill. Never had any problems with crime. The crime stats are often inflated because they include East Saint Louis, which is across the river in ILLINOIS, as part of Saint Louis’ crime stats. Makes absolutely no sense to me. 

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Sugar bee

 

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@schmeebee85:  Agree about the food!! There are large ethnic pockets and many restaurants have the real deal, not Americanized crap.

RE: ESTL crime – I didn’t know that. I know that a lot of bad actors come here from there, but it makes no sense to include stats from a different state!

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

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@katebluestone:  The Hill. My god, The Hill. My mouth is watering just remembering those places. 

Must be a Midwest/heartland thing that there are so many high quality cuisine options available. I’m getting so homesick right now. 

It doesn’t make a bit of sense, but it has definitely happened. The handful of cops I knew that worked for St. Louis City Metro PD hated it because it affected their budgets and perceptions from the public.

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