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Living in St. Louis, Missouri:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

25 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit St. Louis, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 25 people living in St. Louis what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If you’re moving to St.Louis you’re in for a beautiful historic city. For me this city gives you a taste of everything. Good food, plenty of places to hang out like Forest Park or Downtown. All the museums and even the zoo are free to visit. If you’re moving there I suggest you do make yourself aware of the crime rate in the area you are looking to visit or relocate. Safety is always important in a busy city like this. Make sure to try the authentic St.Louis style pizza, ribs and gooey butter cakes!

St. Louis is a fabulous city to live in or near. We have THE best free zoo in the country. Very good private schools and excellent universities. We host the national blues museum. Our blues, soul and yes country local music communities are second to none. Try ‘free events in St. Louis’ or some portion of there in. Well St. Louis has it all from A to Z. Come see

It’s an affordable city. Nice attractions such as the Central West end downtown St Louis Clayton Missouri and also Bridgeton and Maryland Heights. We have the best pizza, the best Chinese food and we are very family-oriented.

People should know that, while St. Louis is a little sleepy as a town, it can be lots of fun! We have nice parks and a free zoo. The City Museum is a must for kids of all ages. And if you’re looking for nightlife fun, you should check out the Loop, or the Grove!

Elizabeth, says: 2020

St. Louis is a city with a great amount of cultural history and enough diversity for anyone to feel comfortable. In recent years, there have been many developments to both daylight activities and the nightlife scene. While many view St. Louis as a turbulent city, I have come to know it as a place where one can find an activity to satisfy their every need. Whether it be trying new exotic restaurants, hiking above a river or enjoying one of the many wineries that surround the city, there will always be a way to make great memories.

Elizabeth, says: 2020

If someone were to move to Saint Louis, he or she should know that, though officially a city, Saint Louis does not have the same vibes as such large cities as Chicago or New York. By this, I mean to say, Saint Louis’ personality is closer to that of a very large town. She is a quiet city, with little noise and traffic; she defies the expectations that her towering skyline inspires within first time visitors. All this changes, though, come Mardi Gras weekend.

St. Louis is many things to many people, but I would argue that it’s one of the best places to raise a family. We offer a lot of cultural opportunities for those who seek them. Each of our neighborhoods has its own distinct feel, and families can find which best suits them.

Ryanne, says: 2020

St. Louis is known for the Gateway Arch. This particular city is located in the Midwest, so there are typically four distinct seasons that can be experienced with regard to weather. This city is also situated, roughly, in the center of the country. This makes travel to and from this metropolitan area rather easy.

Rebecca, says: 2020

Saint Louis is a nice city to live especially for families. There’s lots of parks and historical places to visit. My favorite place to visit is our local zoo, which has free admission. During the summer time there’s food trucks in the park every Friday. The summers are hot and in the winter it can get very cold.

Brandon, says: 2020

Life in the midwest may not seem as glamorous or fun to some who adore life in coastal or mountain regions. However, you are looking in the right place if you want cheaper places to stay and to escape the fast life of grander cities. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from enjoying jazz and blues or one of our famous restaurants, Fritz. Plus, if you are an animal lover or enjoy historical sites and museums, you won’t have to pay a penny to enter any museums or zoos while you’re here.

Ailing, says: 2020

St. Louis is a city rich in history. The city is nearly as old as New Orleans, our southern neighbor downriver. Some say that our state is the most eastern of the western states. Others say that we are southern, with the blues and jazz music from the Mississippi Delta influencing the ragtime born in this city.

Athena, says: 2020

St. Louis, Missouri, is a unique place with a lot to offer. We have many unique foods, such as gooey butter cake, toasted ravioli, and bread-sliced bagels. St. Louis also is the birthplace of Panera, which here we call St. Louis Bread Company. in St. Louis there are many interesting places to go to. In Forest Park, we have many fun destinations such as the zoo, science center, and art museum, all of which are free to visit! Our most memorable structure, however, is the St. Louis Arch, known as the gateway to the West. St. Louis is a wonderful place–as long as you don’t mind humidity!

Kendra, says: 2020

St. Louis, Missouri, has a lot to offer. St. Louis is extremely affordable. Housing and the cost of living are reasonable, compared to other large cities. St. Louis offers a multitude of things to do with museums, theaters, parks and fabulous restaurants. People here are friendly and welcoming to new people and families.

Robert, says: 2020

If you are moving to St. Louis, know the people here are incredibly friendly. You can’t go anywhere without making a friend – even in the grocery line. You should also know that we have excellent local restaurants and lots of great attractions, such as the zoo, the art museum, the city museum, and the science center. The best part is that many of these places have free admission!

Brandy, says: 2020

When moving to St. Louis, it’s important to keep in mind that it is unlike any other large city you may be accustomed to. The population within the actual city limits is dwindling, and the city itself is small, but the surrounding county is populous and sprawling. There is a strong disconnect between the two, and the socioeconomic structures within the city and the county cause frequent friction both socially and politically.

Jarlin, says: 2020

Saint Louis does not have a broad public transportation system. Therefore, be mindful if you do not have a driver’s license, a vehicle, or if you are intimidated by walking on nearly non-existent sidewalks. My city is also infamously rated as a top city for violent crime, and there are shootings regularly.

Christy, says: 2020

St. Louis is a spectacular city with diverse and immersive attractions. The St. Louis Zoo is rated among the most satisfying free attractions available. Additionally, newcomers to the city should be prepared for the widespread love and adoration of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

Eugene, says: 2020

Saint Louis, nicknamed The Gateway City, is known for many attractions, but the most compelling is the Gateway Arch. After-all the city was nicknamed after the magnificent 630-foot monument, it’s the tallest arch in the whole world and the tallest man-made monument in the Western-Hemisphere of the United States of America.

Catherine, says: 2020

St. Louis is one of the more diverse cities in the Midwest. Saint Louis contains many types of urban landscapes that transition into suburbs as you navigate from the heart of the city. The cuisine in my city is as diverse as the people within, and you’ll find a delicious meal wherever you go.

St. Louis is the perfect, mid-sized city. Locals and visitors can get to almost any area within the region in just 20 minutes. Filled with locally-owned businesses, an incredible restaurant scene, some of the best museums in the nation, and 100s of unique shops, St. Louis is a city with a small- town feel.

Kathleen, says: 2020

Saint Louis is a big city in Missouri and is along the Mississippi River. It is known for the Gateway Arch National Park and is home to many sports fans. The Blues and Cardinals are two of the city’s sports teams. Saint Louis has a wide variety of restaurants and music throughout the city as well.

St. Louis, an overlooked city, is up and coming. People looking in from an outside perspective may not see much, but anyone moving here should know St. Louis has endless options for adventurers and foodies. The best Asian cuisine is on Olive Boulevard. The best burger’s are downtown. The city garners the interest of many musical artists who travel to places such as the Scottrade Center to perform. Free concerts are even available such as during the Fourth of July at Forest Park. Even free movies are a hit with food trucks to assist at Art Hill during summer. Nonetheless, St. Louis has grown and continues to progress as a city. St. Louis isn’t a busted town. It has so much to offer.

Mikayla, says: 2020

Move to a place that is west or southwest of the main city because this is where the good public schools reside and where crime is minimal. The places north of Saint Louis is where most of the crime takes place, excluding the areas of Ladue and Clayton.

Arianna, says: 2020

Saint Louis is a city in the Midwest, right in the middle of the United States. It is a large city with a thriving with enthusiastic sports fans that love baseball and hockey. The only negative aspect of Saint Louis is the lack of an efficient public transportation system.

Roxanne, says: 2020

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