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Greater St. Louis

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Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area
St. Louis, MO-IL
A NASA image of the Greater St. Louis area
A NASA image of the Greater St. Louis area
Gateway to the West
Location in Missouri and Illinois
Location in Missouri and Illinois
Country United States
State(s) Missouri
Largest city St. Louis
 • Total8,458 sq mi (21,910 km2)
 • Land8,261 sq mi (21,400 km2)
 • Water197 sq mi (510 km2)  2.3%
466–1,280 ft (142–390 m)
 • Metro density339.8/sq mi (131.2/km2)
 • MSA
2,805,473 (20th)
 • CSA
2,909,003 (20th)
 MSA/CSA = 2020
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code(s)314, 636, 618

Greater St. Louis is a bi-state metropolitan area that completely surrounds and includes the independent city of St. Louis, the principal city. It includes parts of both Missouri and Illinois. The city core is on the Mississippi Riverfront on the border with Illinois in the geographic center of the metro area. The Mississippi River bisects the metro area geographically between Illinois and Missouri; however, the Missouri half is much more populous. St. Louis is the focus of the largest metro area in Missouri and the Illinois portion known as Metro East is the second largest metropolitan area in that state. St. Louis County is independent of the City of St. Louis and their two populations are generally tabulated separately.

The St. Louis, MO-IL metropolitan statistical area (MSA)—and the focus of this page—includes the City of St. Louis; the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair (known collectively as the Metro East); and the Missouri counties of Crawford (only the City of Sullivan),[2] Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis (separate from and not inclusive of the city of St. Louis), and Warren.[3][4]

The larger St. Louis–St. Charles–Farmington, MO–IL combined statistical area (CSA) includes all of the aforementioned MSA, plus the Farmington, MO micropolitan statistical area, which includes St. Francois County, Missouri, and the Centralia, IL micropolitan statistical area, which includes Marion County, Illinois.

As of 2020, the St. Louis MSA is the 21st-largest in the nation with a population of 2,820,253. The larger CSA is ranked 20th-largest in the United States, with a population of 2,909,003.[5] Due to slow growth in the St. Louis area paired with comparatively rapid growth in the Sun Belt, the St. Louis MSA fell out of the top 20 largest MSAs in the United States in 2017 for the first time since 1840.[6][7] [8]

As of 2018, Greater St. Louis is home to the headquarters of ten of Missouri's eleven Fortune 500 companies,[9] six Fortune 1,000 companies, and two of the top 30 largest private companies in America, as ranked by Forbes.[10] The metropolitan area received the All-America City Award in 2008.


The history of St. Louis, Missouri began with the settlement of the St. Louis area by Native American mound builders who lived as part of the Mississippian culture from the 9th century to the 15th century, followed by other migrating tribal groups. Starting in the late 17th century, French explorers arrived. Spain took over in 1763 and a trading company established the settlement of St. Louis in February 1764. The city became part of the U.S. through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The American Civil War saw St. Louis had a small skirmish on its outskirts, but was held under Union control. After the war, the city expanded its railroad connections and industrial activity.

Counties and municipalities in Greater St. Louis

Population of counties in Greater St. Louis (July 2018 estimate) [11]
State County Population
Illinois Bond 16,630
Illinois Calhoun 4,802
Illinois Clinton 37,639
Illinois Jersey 21,847
Illinois Macoupin 45,313
Illinois Madison 264,461
Illinois Monroe 34,335
Illinois St. Clair 261,059
Missouri Crawford 23,957
Missouri Franklin 103,670
Missouri Jefferson 224,347
Missouri Lincoln 57,686
Missouri St. Charles 399,182
Missouri St. Louis City 302,838
Missouri St. Louis 996,945
Missouri Warren 34,711
Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
1790–1960[13] 1900–1990[14]
1990–2000[15] 2010–2014[16]



As noted above, the Greater St. Louis area includes two municipalities named O'Fallon (in St. Charles County, Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois), two municipalities named Troy (in Lincoln County, Missouri and Madison County, Illinois), and two municipalities named Chesterfield (in St. Louis County, Missouri and Macoupin County, Illinois).

The nearby HannibalQuincy micropolitan areas are technically not located within the metropolitan area, but are regionally associated due to their proximity and accessibility to Greater St. Louis.[18]


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 the population of Greater St. Louis considered themselves of one race, while 1.8 percent considered themselves of two or more races (e.g. biracial). 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.


Religion in the St. Louis metropolitan area (2014)[19]

  Protestantism (47%)
  Mormonism (2%)
  Other Christian (1%)
  No religion (21%)
  Judaism (1%)
  Islam (1%)
  Hinduism (1%)
  Other religion (1%)

According to a Pew Research study conducted in 2014, 75% of St. Louis metro area residents identify with Christianity and its various denominations, and 4% are adherents of non-Christian religions. 21% have no religion. Of those, about 3% specifically identify as atheists, about 3% identify as agnostics, and about 16% identify as "Nothing in particular".[19]

The religious demographics of the St. Louis metro area are as follows:[19]

Age and gender

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.

Income and housing statistics

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.[20]

In 2010, the median income for a household in the St. Louis metro was $50,900.[21]


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. It also includes MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.


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[quantify] 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 Park, Gateway Arch National Park. 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.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24] Using available data, the combined value of business conducted in the combined statistical area was $213 billion in 2007.[24] With a gross metropolitan product of $112 billion in 2009, St. Louis' economy makes up 40% of the Gross State Product of Missouri.[25]

Companies and major employers

As of 2018, Greater St. Louis is home to ten of Missouri's eleven Fortune 500 companies: Express Scripts (#25), Centene (#61), Emerson Electric (#178), Monsanto (#199), Reinsurance Group of America (#234), Edward Jones (#376), Graybar (#426), Olin Corporation (#448), Ameren (#453), and Peabody Energy (#491).[9] In addition, the area is home to six Fortune 1,000 companies: Post Holdings (#512), Stifel (#734), Caleres (#778), Belden (#851), Arch Coal (#870), Edgewell Personal Care (#876). As well as two of the Top 30 Largest Private Companies in America, as ranked by Forbes: Enterprise Holdings (#12) and World Wide Technology (#27).[10]

Other notable corporations from the area include Wells Fargo Advisors (formerly A.G. Edwards), Energizer Holdings, and Ralcorp. 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. 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.[26] St. Louis is also home to Boeing Phantom Works (formerly McDonnell-Douglas).[27] In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in downtown is one of two federal reserve banks in Missouri.[28]

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.[29] 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.[citation needed] Energizer Holdings, the battery company, is headquartered in Town and Country.[30] Enterprise Rent-A-Car's headquarters are located in Clayton.[31] Charter Communications was formerly headquartered in Town and Country, until the executive team moved to Stamford, Connecticut; however, Charter has continued to grow in St. Louis and has upwards of 4,000 employees in the region as of mid-2018.[32] Emerson Electric's headquarters are located in Ferguson.[33] Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is headquartered in Berkeley.[34][35] Edward Jones Investments is headquartered in Des Peres.[36][37] 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.[citation needed] Others are SSM Health Care, Mercy Hospital, and the Tenet Healthcare Corporation chain.

Companies headquartered in Greater St. Louis


The Greater St. Louis area is currently home to two professional sports teams: the St. Louis Blues (NHL) who won the Stanley Cup in 2019, and the St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), who have won 19 National League Pennants, and 11 World Series Championships.[38]

Club Sport First season League Venue
St. Louis Cardinals Baseball 1882 Major League Baseball Busch Stadium
St. Louis Blues Ice hockey 1967 National Hockey League Enterprise Center
St. Louis City SC Soccer 2023 (planned) Major League Soccer St. Louis MLS stadium
Saint Louis FC Soccer 2015 USL Championship World Wide Technology Soccer Park
St. Louis BattleHawks American football 2020 XFL The Dome at America's Center

See also


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