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Saint Louis is an independent city.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Louis IX, king of France.

The latitude of Saint Louis is 38.627N. The longitude is -90.197W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 466 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 332,223.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$27,156
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Saint Louis demographic reports
Saint Louis is on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
Pierre Lacl?de established a trading post here in 1763. The site quickly became a major fur-trading center. Steamboat traffic peaked in the 1850s.

Gateway for the great western expansion. Became a leading aerospace supplier in the 1970s-1980s, but lost thousands of defense-related jobs in the next decade.

Public transportation: Metro (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 6,325. The number of murders and homicides was 73. The violent crime rate was 18.6 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 10 among big cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked third most dangerous city in America 2005, by Morgan Quitno Press
Filming location for:
· 1981 movie, "Escape from New York"
· 1983 movie, "Vacation"
· 1991 movie, "The Silence of the Lambs"
Well-known residents have included:
· Chuck Berry, musician
· Kevin Kline, actor
· Yogi Berra, baseball player and wordsmith
Well-known students have included:
Ryan Howard, baseball player
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Big Muddy Blues Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
  • Fair Saint Louis - July 3-4, 2007
  • Japanese Festival - Sept. 1-3, 2007
  • Pridefest - June 23-24, 2007
  • Chinese Culture Days - May 19-20, 2007
  • Saint Louis Art Fair - Sept. 7-9, 2007
  • Rib America Festival - May 25-28, 2007
  • Strassenfest - Aug. 3-5, 2007
  • Festival of Nations - Aug. 25-26, 2007
Dates often change. Check Saint Louis web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Dance St. Louis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Louis Shakespeare, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Tower Grove Park, Forest Park
Saint Louis attractions: Gateway Arch, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Zoo, Sachs Butterfly House
Sports teams: Cardinals (NL), Rams (NFL), Blues (NHL)
Historic sites and museums: Missouri History Museum, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Museum of Westward Expansion, Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, City Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Missouri, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis University, Fontbonne University, Maryville University of St. Louis, Missouri Baptist College, Washington University in St. Louis
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 156
Quotes:
We lived in a third floor apartment on Maple Street in Saint Louis, on a block which also contained the Ever-ready Garage, a Chinese laundry, and a bookie shop disguised as a cigar store.
-- "In Memory of an Aristocrat"
Tennessee Williams
Songs:
· "Meet Me in St. Louis"

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Neighborhoods in Saint Louis include Academy/Sherman Park, Baden, Benton Park, Benton Park West, Bevo, Boulevard Heights, Carondelet, Carr Square, Central West End, Cheltenham ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Saint Louis include Academy/Sherman Park, Baden, Benton Park, Benton Park West, Bevo, Boulevard Heights, Carondelet, Carr Square, Central West End, Cheltenham ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Saint Louis demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Saint Louis City economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, St. Louis area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 63104 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

15% of Saint Louis residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Saint Louis ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Saint Louis was $16,108, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

19% of Saint Louis residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Saint Louis include Benton Park District, Murphy-Blair District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Saint Louis, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $347.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $750.


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Libraries

Libraries in Saint Louis include Baden Branch, Barr Branch, Buder Branch Library, Cabanne Branch, Carondelet Branch, Carpenter Branch, Central Library, Charing Cross Branch, Cliff Cave Branch, Divoll Branch ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Saint Louis include Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

TV stations in Saint Louis include KDNL, KETC, KMOV, KNLC, KPLR, KPTN-LP, KSDK, KTVI.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KWMU.

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Politics

Saint Louis City supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Saint Louis political report.

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Restaurants

Saint Louis restaurants taking online reservations include Busch's Grove, Charlie Gitto's 'On the Hill', Clark Street Grill - the Westin - St. Louis, Dierdorf & Hart's Steakhouse Downtown, Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Finale, Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood, Monarch Restaurant, Mosaic - St. Louis, Niche ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Saint Louis workers is 25 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 136 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Saint Louis between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.

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“ We lived in a third floor apartment on Maple Street in Saint Louis, on a block which also contained the Ever-ready Garage, a Chinese laundry, and a bookie shop disguised as a cigar store. ”
~ "In Memory of an Aristocrat"
Tennessee Williams

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