Greater St. Louis
Greater St. Louis is a multi-state metropolitan area that completely surrounds and includes the independent city of St. Louis (its principal city). It includes parts of both the U.S. states of Missouri and Illinois. The city core is on the border with Illinois and collectively the two regions form the combined metropolitan area. St. Louis is the largest metro area in Missouri, and is the second largest in Illinois. St. Louis County is independent of the city of St. Louis and their two populations are generally tabulated separately.
|Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area|
St. Louis–St. Charles–Farmington, MO
A NASA image of the Greater St. Louis area.
|Motto(s): Gateway To The West|
Location in Missouri
|Largest city||St. Louis|
|• Total||8,458 sq mi (21,910 km2)|
|• Land||8,261 sq mi (21,400 km2)|
|• Water||197 sq mi (510 km2) 2.3%|
|Elevation||466–1,280 ft (142–390 m)|
|• Metro density||340.3/sq mi (131.4/km2)|
|• CSA||2,916,447 (19th)|
|MSA/CSA = 2015, Urban = 2013|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|Area code(s)||314, 636, 618, 573|
Depending on the counties included in the area, it can refer to the St. Louis, MO–IL metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or the St. Louis–St. Charles–Farmington, MO–IL combined statistical area (CSA). As well as the city St. Louis, the area serves the Southern Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair (known collectively as the Metro East); the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis County (separate from and not inclusive of the city of St. Louis), Warren, Washington, and a portion of Crawford County. The CSA includes all of the MSA listed above and the Farmington, MO micropolitan statistical area, which includes Washington and St. Francois Counties. The CSA was the 19th largest in the United States in 2015, with a population of 2,916,447, while the MSA was the 20th largest in the country that year with a population of 2,811,588.[full citation needed]
Greater St. Louis is home to ten of Missouri’s eleven Fortune 500 companies: Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Monsanto, Reinsurance Group of America, Centene, Peabody Energy, Ameren, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Graybar Electric, and Edward Jones.
The area received the All-America City Award in 2008.
Counties and cities in Greater St. LouisEdit
|Missouri||St. Louis City||317,419|
|Missouri||St. Louis County||1,001,876|
|Missouri||St. Francois||66,520 (2015)|
|U.S. Decennial Census|
- Crawford County MO: Sullivan
- Franklin County MO: Berger, Gerald, New Haven, Pacific, St. Clair, Sullivan, Union, Washington
- Jefferson County MO: Arnold, Barnhart, Byrnes Mill, Crystal City, De Soto, Festus, Herculaneum, Hillsboro, Pevely
- Lincoln County MO: Elsberry, Moscow Mills, Old Monroe, Troy, Winfield
- St. Francois County MO: Bonne Terre, Desloge, Farmington, Leadwood, Park Hills
- St. Charles County MO: Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, Foristell, Lake St. Louis, O'Fallon, St. Charles, St. Peters, Weldon Spring, Wentzville
- St. Louis (Independent City): City of St. Louis
- St. Louis County MO: Affton, Ballwin, Bel-Nor, Bel-Ridge, Bella Villa, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Bellerive, Berkeley, Beverley Hills, Black Jack, Breckenridge Hills, Brentwood, Bridgeton, Calverton Park, Champ, Charlack, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Clayton, Cool Valley, Country Club Hills, Country Life Acres, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Crystal Lake Park, Dellwood, Des Peres, Edmundson, Ellisville, Eureka, Fenton, Ferguson, Flordell Hills, Florissant, Frontenac, Glen Echo Park, Glendale, Grantwood Village, Green Park, Greendale, Hanley Hills, Hazelwood, Hillsdale, Huntleigh, Kinloch, Kirkwood, Jennings, Ladue, Lakeshire, Mackenzie, Manchester, Maplewood, Marlborough, Maryland Heights, Mehlville, Moline Acres, Normandy, Northwoods, Norwood Court, Oakland, Olivette, Overland, Pacific, Pagedale, Pasadena Hills, Pasadena Park, Pine Lawn, Richmond Heights, Riverview, Rock Hill, St. Ann, St. John, Shrewsbury, Spanish Lake, Sunset Hills, Sycamore Hills, Town & Country, Twin Oaks, University City, Uplands Park, Valley Park, Velda City, Velda Village Hills, Vinita Park, Vinita Terrace, Warson Woods, Webster Groves, Wellston, Westwood, Wilbur Park, Wildwood, Winchester, Woodson Terrace
- Warren County MO: Foristell, Marthasville, Truesdale, Warrenton, Wright City
- Washington County MO: Belgrade, Caledonia, Irondale, Potosi, Richwoods
- Bond County IL: Greenville, Sorento
- Calhoun County IL: Hardin
- Clinton County IL: Carlyle, Centralia, Germantown, New Baden
- Jersey County IL: Grafton, Jerseyville
- Macoupin County IL: Bunker Hill, Carlinville, Gillespie, Staunton, Virden (partial)
- Madison County IL: Alton, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Granite City, Highland, Troy, Wood River, Godfrey
- Monroe County IL: Columbia, Hecker, Valmeyer, Waterloo
- St. Clair County IL: Belleville, Cahokia, Caseyville, East St. Louis, Fairview Heights, Lebanon, O'Fallon, Shiloh, and other municipalities
As noted above, the Greater St. Louis area includes two cities named O'Fallon (in St. Charles County, Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois) and two cities named Troy (in Lincoln County, Missouri, and Madison County, Illinois).
According to the 2010 United States Census, in Greater St. Louis there were 2,787,701 people living in 1,143,001 households, of which 748,892 households were families.
In 2010, 98.2 percent of Greater St. Louis was of one race, while 1.8 percent were of two or more races. Of those of one race, 2,214,298 residents or 76.9 percent of the population were white, 519,221 or 18 percent were African American, 60,316 or 2.1 percent were Asian American, and 32,542 residents or 1.1 percent were American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander American, or some other race. 72,797 residents or 2.5 percent were Hispanic or Latino Americans of any race.
Age and genderEdit
As of 2010, the median age for Greater St. Louis is 38.2, and 47.4 percent of the population was male while 52.6 percent of the population was female.
|Under 5 years||181,691||6.3|
|5 to 9 years||186,507||6.5|
|10 to 14 years||193,331||6.7|
|15 to 19 years||202,140||7.0|
|20 to 24 years||186,331||6.5|
|25 to 29 years||196,659||6.8|
|30 to 34 years||182,406||6.3|
|35 to 39 years||180,523||6.3|
|40 to 44 years||189,696||6.6|
|45 to 49 years||222,982||7.7|
|50 to 54 years||223,937||7.8|
|55 to 59 years||191,601||6.7|
|60 to 64 years||155,990||5.4|
|65 to 69 years||114,805||4.0|
|70 to 74 years||86,043||3.0|
|75 to 79 years||71,860||2.5|
|80 to 84 years||57,691||2.0|
|85 years and over||54,062||1.9|
Income and housing statisticsEdit
As of 2010, Greater St. Louis included 1,264,680 housing units, and 90.4 percent or 1,143,001 units were occupied. Of those units that were vacant, 3.2 percent or 40,553 units were for rent, 1.6 percent or 19,956 were for sale, 1 percent or 12,575 were unoccupied seasonal homes, and .5 percent or 6,771 were sold or rented but unoccupied. 3.3 percent or 41,884 units were vacant and not for sale or rent. Of the occupied housing units, 70.6 percent or 807,431 were owner-occupied with 2,075,622 occupants. 29.4 percent or 335,570 units were rented with 739,749 occupants.
In 2010, the median income for a household in the St. Louis metro was $50,900.
Transportation in Greater St. Louis includes road, rail, and air transportation modes connecting the communities in the area with national and international transportation networks. Parts of Greater St. Louis also support a public transportation network that includes bus, as well as the MetroLink light rail which began operating in 1993. The principal airport serving the region is St. Louis Lambert International Airport, located in St. Louis County.
Education in Greater St. Louis is provided by more than two dozen public school districts, independent private schools, parochial schools, and several public library systems. Greater St. Louis also is home to more than 30 colleges and universities.
Parks in Greater St. Louis are administered by a variety of state, county, and municipal authorities, and the region also includes the state of Missouri's only National Memorial, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which is the site of the Gateway Arch. Several Missouri state parks in the region and parks owned by St. Louis County are larger than 1,000 acres, while one park in the city of St. Louis, Forest Park, also exceeds 1,000 acres.
The 2014 Gross Metropolitan Product (GMP) of St. Louis was $145.958 billion. That makes St. Louis the 21st highest GMP in the United States. The three largest categories of employment in Greater St. Louis are trade, transportation, and utilities with 249,000 workers, education and healthcare services with 225,000 workers, and professional and business services with 185,000 workers. Greater St. Louis has more than 1.3 million non-farm workers, representing roughly 15 percent of the non-farm workforce of Missouri and Illinois combined. As of May 2011, 125,000 non-farm workers were unemployed in Greater St. Louis, with an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent. As of the third quarter of 2010, the Greater St. Louis region had more than 73,000 companies or establishments paying wages, while average weekly wages for that period were $833, slightly lower than the U.S. national average of $870.
The largest industry by business conducted was wholesaling with $71 billion, followed by manufacturing with $67 billion, retail trade with $36 billion, and healthcare with $16 billion. The area's largest employer by sector was healthcare with 174,000 workers, followed by retail trade with 152,000 workers and manufacturing with 134,000 workers. Using available data, the combined value of business conducted in the combined statistical area was $213 billion in 2007. With a gross metropolitan product of $112 billion in 2009, St. Louis' economy makes up 40% of the Gross State Product of Missouri.
As of 2011, the St. Louis area is home to nine Fortune 500 companies, including Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Monsanto, Reinsurance Group of America, Ameren, Charter Communications, Peabody Energy, Graybar Electric, and Centene. Other notable corporations from the area include Edward Jones Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors (formerly A.G. Edwards), Energizer Holdings, Ralcorp, Hardee's, and Enterprise Holdings (parent company of several car rental companies). Significant healthcare and biotechnology institutions with operations in St. Louis include Pfizer, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Solae Company, Sigma-Aldrich, and Multidata Systems International.
Although it was purchased by Belgium-based InBev, Anheuser-Busch continues its presence in the city, as does Mallinckrodt Incorporated in spite of its purchase by Tyco International. The May Department Stores Company (which owned Famous-Barr and Marshall Field's stores) was purchased by Federated Department Stores, but Federated maintained its regional headquarters in the area. General Motors continues to produce cars in the St. Louis area, although Chrysler closed its production facility in the region, which was located in Fenton, Missouri. Despite its purchase by Nestlé, Ralston Purina remained headquartered in St. Louis as a wholly owned subsidiary. St. Louis is also home to Boeing Phantom Works (formerly McDonnell-Douglas). In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis in downtown is one of two federal reserve banks in Missouri.
St. Louis County in particular is home to several area companies. Monsanto Company, formerly a chemical company and now a leader in genetically modified crops, is headquartered in Creve Coeur. Solutia, the former Monsanto chemical division that was spun off as a separate company, is in Town and Country. Express Scripts, a pharmaceutical benefits management firm, has its corporate headquarters in the suburbs of St. Louis, near the campus of the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Energizer Holdings, the battery company, is headquartered in Town and Country. Enterprise Rent-A-Car's headquarters are located in Clayton. Charter Communications is headquartered in Town and Country. Emerson Electric's headquarters are located in Ferguson. Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is headquartered in Berkeley. Trans States Airlines is headquartered in Bridgeton. Edward Jones Investments is headquartered in Des Peres. From 1994 until its acquisition in 2000 by Tyco International, another chemical company, Mallinckrodt, was headquartered in St. Louis County. Many of the former Mallinckrodt facilities are still in operation by Tyco in the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood, Missouri. Others are SSM Health Care, St. John's Mercy, and the Tenet Healthcare Corporation chain.
Companies based in Greater St. LouisEdit
- Amdocs – (Chesterfield, Missouri)
- Ameren – (St. Louis)
- Anheuser-Busch InBev – (St. Louis)
- Arch Coal – (Creve Coeur, Missouri)
- Ascension Health – (Edmundson, Missouri)
- Bissingers – (St. Louis)
- BJC HealthCare – (St. Louis)
- Blazing Sun Inc. – (St. Louis)
- Boeing Defense, Space & Security – (Berkeley, Missouri)
- Brown Shoe Company – (Clayton, Missouri)
- Build-A-Bear Workshop – (Overland, Missouri)
- Centene Corporation – (Clayton, Missouri)
- Concordia Publishing House – (St. Louis)
- Deal$ – (St. Louis)
- Dent Wizard – (St. Louis)
- Dierbergs – (Chesterfield, Missouri)
- Drury Hotels – (Creve Coeur, Missouri)
- Edward Jones Investments – (St. Louis)
- Emerson Electric Company – (Ferguson, Missouri)
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car – (Clayton, Missouri)
- Energizer Holdings – (Town and Country, Missouri)
- Express Scripts – (St. Louis)
- Graybar Electric Company – (St. Louis)
- Hardee's – (St. Louis)
- Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum – (St. Louis)
- Isle of Capri Casinos – (Creve Coeur, Missouri)
- Imo's Pizza – (St. Louis)
- The Korte Company – (Highland, Illinois)
- MB Motorsports – (St. Louis)
- Monsanto Company – (Creve Coeur, Missouri)
- Nestlé Purina PetCare – (St. Louis)
- Novus International – (St. Louis)
- Olin Corp. – (Clayton, Missouri)
- Panera Bread (St. Louis Bread Co.) – (Richmond Heights, Missouri)
- Prairie Farms Dairy – (Carlinville, Illinois)
- Reinsurance Group of America – (Chesterfield, Missouri)
- ReproMAX – (Chesterfield, Missouri)
- Roberts Broadcasting – (St. Louis)
- RoverTown – (St. Louis)
- Save-A-Lot – (Earth City, Missouri)
- SAVVIS – (Town and Country, Missouri)
- Schnucks – (St. Louis)
- Shop 'n Save – (St. Louis)
- Sigma-Aldrich – (St. Louis)
- Simutronics – (St. Charles, Missouri)
- Stifel Nicolaus – (St. Louis)
- Test Drive Technologies (St. Louis)
- Trans States Airlines – (Bridgeton, Missouri) [American Airlines Connection]
- Wells Fargo Advisors – (St. Louis) [formerly Wachovia Securities and prior to that A.G. Edwards]
- Wehrenberg Theatres – (St. Louis)
- World Wide Technology – (St. Louis)
The Greater St. Louis area is currently home to two professional sports teams: the St. Louis Blues (NHL) and the St. Louis Cardinals (MLB). 
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