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The St. Louis region - Gateway to business

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Though the city of St. Louis covers just 65 square miles, the 4-county metro area is the largest in population in the state of Missouri. St. Louis – often called the western-most eastern U.S. city – provides a colorful backdrop for leading companies in plant science, IT, advanced manufacturing and financial services. Nationally ranked hospitals, universities and research centers make this area a magnet for talent in the biosciences and keep the city on the leading edge of advancements in human health.  

St. Louis is home to first rate art and history museums and a 90-acre zoo, all located in the city’s treasured Forest Park – and all free. Professional sports teams, a world class symphony and live equity theater round out the picture for those living and working in the area. 

St. Louis shares the state’s business benefits: 
  • Low business costs and taxes
  • A large, high-value work force
  • A low cost of living
  • A strong transportation network: 
    • Interstates 44, 55, 64, 70 and U.S. highways 40, 50, 61 and 67
    • Class I rail via KCS, NS, BNSF, CNR, CSX and UP
    • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
    • Missouri and Mississippi River access
    • City of St. Louis Port Authority (northernmost ice-free Mississippi port) 

Major cities

St. Louis (Pop: 318,416)
O’Fallon (82,809)
St. Charles (67,569)
St. Peters (54,842)
Florissant (52,363)
Chesterfield (47,749)
Wildwood (35,787)
University City (35,148)
Ballwin (30,498)
Kirkwood (27,596)
Maryland Heights (27,436)
Hazelwood (25,668)
Webster Groves (23,203)
Ferguson (21,111)
Arnold (21,134)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013


Businesses and industry

The region's major employers include:

St. Louis profile


Educational attainment:

High School Diploma  343,011
Some College 308,196
Associate's Degree 104,785
Bachelor's Degree 281,447
Graduate Degree 181,363
Total Degrees 1,218,802

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Population 2014 2,023,588
Population Projection 2030 2,182,345
Civilian Labor Force (July 2015) 1,902,253
Employment (July 2015) 1,030,145
Unemployment (July 2015) 62,090
Unemployment Rate (July 2015) 5.70%


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Recent investment projects

In just one year, the St. Louis region has announced expansions worth nearly $400 million, adding over 3,300 new jobs. Companies include:

Monsanto - adding 65 new jobs
KPMG - adding 175 new jobs
Mid America Logistics  - adding 120 new jobs
Menards - opening new manufacturing and distribution facility, creating 129 jobs
Square - opening a new office and creating 200 jobs
Evogene - opening new U.S. headquarters at BRDG Park
ProPharma Group - opening new medical information contact center
Forrest Innovations - third Israili agtech company in seven months
Seventh Wave - building new 50,000 sf facility
Schnucks Markets - new $100 million distribution center
Silgan Plastics -  adding 120 new jobs at a new manufacturing facility
World Wide Technology - announced plans to add over 700 jobs
Spectrum Brands - expanding St. Louis headquarters and creating 45 new jobs
Metal Container Corp. - $150 million expansion
Davidson Surface/Air - 100 new jobs
SKF - investing $34.2 million and creating 73 new jobs
Boeing - relocating 500 jobs to Missouri and creating 700 new jobs for 777x parts production

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