These Are The 10 Best St. Louis Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 95 places around St. Louis to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of St. Louis are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around St. Louis for 2018:

  1. Glendale (Homes)
  2. Ladue (Photos | Homes)
  3. Des Peres (Photos | Homes)
  4. Dardenne Prairie (Homes)
  5. Frontenac (Homes)
  6. Clarkson Valley (Homes)
  7. Town And Country (Photos | Homes)
  8. Webster Groves (Photos | Homes)
  9. Brentwood (Photos | Homes)
  10. Creve Coeur (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Glendale, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 St. Louis ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around St. Louis for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around St. Louis was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of St. Louis.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 95 suburbs to evaluate around St. Louis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 95 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near St. Louis.” We’re lookin’ at you, Glendale.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Glendale

Population: 5,917
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Median Home Price: $345,400
Median Income: $128,571
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data

Glendale is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the St. Louis area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Glendale.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $128,571 a year, which is the 5th highest in the St. Louis region. And only 1.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $345,400 each.

2. Ladue

Ladue, Missouri

Population: 8,579
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Median Home Price: $771,500
Median Income: $186,371
More on Ladue: Real Estate | Data

Ladue is the second best ‘burb we looked at near St. Louis for 2018.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 0.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

3. Des Peres

Des Peres, Missouri

Population: 8,507
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $384,700
Median Income: $119,517
More on Des Peres: Real Estate | Data

Here in Des Peres, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the St. Louis metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Des Peres.

4. Dardenne Prairie

Population: 12,692
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $267,800
Median Income: $123,942
More on Dardenne Prairie: Real Estate | Data

Dardenne Prairie ranks as the 4th best suburb of St. Louis for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Dardenne Prairie and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Frontenac

Frontenac, Missouri

Population: 3,527
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Median Home Price: $692,100
Median Income: $149,821
More on Frontenac: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Frontenac.

Frontenac gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the St. Louis area, where houses sell for an average of $692,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Clarkson Valley

Population: 2,638
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Median Home Price: $592,500
Median Income: $164,286
More on Clarkson Valley: Real Estate | Data

Clarkson Valley is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.5% which is 8th best in the area.

According to online reports, Clarkson Valley is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the St. Louis area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Town And Country

Town And Country, Missouri

Population: 11,001
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Median Home Price: $659,700
Median Income: $156,899
More on Town and Country: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Town and Country.

Town and Country schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 12.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Webster Groves

Webster Groves, Missouri

Population: 23,111
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Median Home Price: $250,500
Median Income: $85,856
More on Webster Groves: Real Estate | Data

Webster Groves is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.2% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

9. Brentwood

Brentwood, Missouri

Population: 8,030
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Median Home Price: $208,700
Median Income: $72,903
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Brentwood?’

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,072
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $359,400
Median Income: $93,398
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Creve Coeur.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best St. Louis ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like St. Louis, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best St. Louis Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Glendale 5,917 1.7% $345,400 $128,571
2 Ladue 8,579 2.0% $771,500 $186,371
3 Des Peres 8,507 3.1% $384,700 $119,517
4 Dardenne Prairie 12,692 3.6% $267,800 $123,942
5 Frontenac 3,527 1.1% $692,100 $149,821
6 Clarkson Valley 2,638 2.5% $592,500 $164,286
7 Town And Country 11,001 1.9% $659,700 $156,899
8 Webster Groves 23,111 3.8% $250,500 $85,856
9 Brentwood 8,030 2.4% $208,700 $72,903
10 Creve Coeur 18,072 2.9% $359,400 $93,398
11 Weldon Spring 5,545 2.7% $322,500 $94,551
12 Kirkwood 27,614 2.9% $263,200 $77,917
13 Chesterfield 47,717 3.9% $347,000 $97,090
14 Clayton 16,034 4.9% $577,300 $88,250
15 Ballwin 30,431 4.2% $238,400 $86,494
16 Cottleville 4,205 3.3% $261,900 $92,188
17 Wildwood 35,764 3.5% $358,300 $125,444
18 Sunset Hills 8,515 2.0% $358,100 $100,771
19 O’Fallon 84,018 3.7% $198,100 $81,004
20 Richmond Heights 8,486 4.5% $237,600 $71,323
21 Manchester 18,183 4.2% $216,100 $77,978
22 Ellisville 9,188 4.4% $227,700 $74,074
23 Rock Hill 4,628 2.9% $176,700 $64,306
24 Fenton 4,036 3.6% $228,800 $88,309
25 Olivette 7,830 5.5% $291,700 $68,700
26 Eureka 10,497 4.8% $239,200 $92,125
27 St. Peters 55,820 4.6% $168,400 $72,927
28 Shiloh 13,050 5.6% $214,500 $81,146
29 Glen Carbon 12,782 5.3% $202,400 $81,658
30 Troy 10,041 4.5% $169,800 $72,054
31 Smithton 3,792 4.4% $168,400 $73,250
32 Crestwood 11,941 5.8% $186,100 $65,547
33 Shrewsbury 6,197 3.9% $166,000 $52,335
34 O’Fallon 29,078 7.5% $190,700 $80,329
35 Waterloo 10,197 3.7% $177,900 $70,534
36 Columbia 10,193 4.9% $198,100 $73,442
37 Maryville 7,837 8.6% $191,400 $82,392
38 Swansea 13,722 6.0% $166,000 $70,615
39 Freeburg 4,111 4.0% $160,400 $72,393
40 Edwardsville 25,044 7.1% $194,300 $68,454
41 St. Charles 68,341 4.7% $179,200 $59,059
42 New Baden 3,358 4.9% $129,800 $65,335
43 Millstadt 3,911 6.1% $168,000 $66,537
44 Green Park 2,625 6.3% $149,800 $51,094
45 Valley Park 6,956 3.2% $171,400 $54,854
46 Lebanon 4,369 2.0% $118,800 $60,273
47 Godfrey 17,809 6.3% $137,000 $62,845
48 Bethalto 9,364 6.1% $132,600 $59,643
49 Brighton 2,316 6.1% $109,400 $64,267
50 Florissant 52,218 7.3% $94,700 $51,603
51 Maplewood 7,948 6.2% $154,800 $41,469
52 Maryland Heights 27,359 5.7% $153,300 $60,566
53 Mascoutah 7,917 10.5% $153,500 $70,957
54 Black Jack 6,956 9.6% $119,700 $53,506
55 Herculaneum 3,831 5.8% $154,300 $63,425
56 Fairview Heights 16,793 6.5% $121,000 $62,165
57 Arnold 21,196 7.1% $147,400 $60,535
58 Collinsville 24,855 9.4% $128,600 $52,675
59 Dupo 3,966 4.9% $84,200 $45,851
60 New Athens 2,106 6.0% $106,700 $53,233
61 Byrnes Mill 2,847 6.6% $198,700 $62,656
62 Pevely 5,616 4.0% $124,600 $47,813
63 Belleville 42,729 7.5% $97,200 $42,348
64 Woodson Terrace 4,051 13.2% $71,300 $50,175
65 St. Ann 12,931 8.1% $87,500 $38,234
66 Pacific 6,246 3.9% $136,200 $45,262
67 St. John 6,459 6.9% $81,800 $39,596
68 Overland 15,932 6.2% $88,500 $43,799
69 Northwoods 4,199 21.7% $69,000 $37,716
70 Hazelwood 25,604 10.9% $106,100 $45,851
71 Ferguson 21,035 10.5% $87,100 $41,572
72 Dellwood 5,020 18.6% $74,500 $44,583
73 Bridgeton 11,698 10.1% $158,500 $51,908
74 Wood River 10,360 7.4% $84,500 $41,143
75 East Alton 6,171 8.1% $82,000 $44,722
76 Pontoon Beach 5,753 10.2% $86,500 $55,494
77 Alton 27,175 14.6% $79,600 $37,108
78 Bellefontaine Neighbors 10,785 10.4% $69,600 $38,472
79 Breckenridge Hills 4,707 7.7% $72,000 $38,230
80 Normandy 4,973 14.2% $65,400 $32,830
81 Moline Acres 2,409 11.3% $69,000 $35,492
82 Caseyville 4,263 6.7% $76,300 $46,029
83 Hanley Hills 2,026 21.6% $57,800 $33,654
84 Jennings 14,749 21.4% $64,900 $31,981
85 South Roxana 2,316 14.7% $65,100 $40,896
86 Pine Lawn 3,423 19.8% $63,400 $28,573
87 Riverview 2,835 17.2% $55,600 $36,371
88 Berkeley 9,068 14.1% $65,900 $30,262
89 Bel-Ridge 2,710 13.3% $58,700 $30,912
90 Pagedale 3,306 17.4% $53,200 $27,000
91 Cahokia 14,574 13.3% $50,300 $28,439
92 East St. Louis 26,731 15.8% $53,500 $19,946
93 Centreville 5,127 22.2% $48,400 $16,715
94 Washington Park 4,029 26.2% $47,500 $23,787
95 Madison 3,825 19.1% $48,700 $24,352

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