St. Louis is a large city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 301,578 people and 166 constituent neighborhoods, St. Louis is the second largest community in Missouri. St. Louis has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
St. Louis is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, St. Louis is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in St. Louis who work in office and administrative support (10.26%), management occupations (9.26%), and sales jobs (8.42%).
Also of interest is that St. Louis has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in St. Louis telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.61% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
One thing noticeable about St. Louis, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because St. Louis is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes St. Louis a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, St. Louis is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.
St. Louis, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of St. Louis are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.
The citizens of St. Louis are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.24% of adults in St. Louis have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in St. Louis in 2018 was $31,930, which is wealthy relative to Missouri, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,720 for a family of four. However, St. Louis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
St. Louis is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call St. Louis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of St. Louis residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in St. Louis include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in St. Louis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.