These Are The 10 Best St. Louis Suburbs


We analyzed over 63 places around St. Louis to identify the most kickass place 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:

  1. Glendale
  2. Des Peres (Photos)
  3. Webster Groves (Photos)
  4. Clayton (Photos)
  5. Brentwood (Photos)
  6. Town And Country (Photos)
  7. Ballwin (Photos)
  8. Dardenne Prairie
  9. Manchester (Photos)
  10. Sunset Hills (Photos)

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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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around St. Louis

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

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the St. Louis, Mo–Il Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 63 suburbs to evaluate around St. Louis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 63 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.

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1. Glendale


Population 2014: 5,926
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
Median Home Price: $323,600
Median Income: $113,565

2. Des Peres


Population 2014: 8,443
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Median Home Price: $362,600
Median Income: $116,173

3. Webster Groves


Population 2014: 23,084
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $241,100
Median Income: $86,205

4. Clayton


Population 2014: 15,912
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $606,600
Median Income: $95,500

5. Brentwood


Population 2014: 8,048
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Median Home Price: $191,700
Median Income: $73,358

6. Town And Country


Population 2014: 10,890
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $657,700
Median Income: $162,500

7. Ballwin


Population 2014: 30,478
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $237,000
Median Income: $82,685

8. Dardenne Prairie


Population 2014: 12,116
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Median Home Price: $261,300
Median Income: $112,663

9. Manchester


Population 2014: 18,125
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Median Home Price: $211,900
Median Income: $81,489

10. Sunset Hills


Population 2014: 8,523
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Median Home Price: $365,800
Median Income: $100,682

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

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 Burbs To Live Around St. Louis

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Glendale 1 5,926 2.0% $323,600 $113,565
Des Peres 2 8,443 4.1% $362,600 $116,173
Webster Groves 3 23,084 4.4% $241,100 $86,205
Clayton 4 15,912 5.0% $606,600 $95,500
Brentwood 5 8,048 3.1% $191,700 $73,358
Town And Country 6 10,890 2.9% $657,700 $162,500
Ballwin 7 30,478 5.2% $237,000 $82,685
Dardenne Prairie 8 12,116 6.0% $261,300 $112,663
Manchester 9 18,125 3.3% $211,900 $81,489
Sunset Hills 10 8,523 3.5% $365,800 $100,682
Kirkwood 11 27,587 3.2% $242,600 $77,420
Ladue 12 8,549 3.0% $741,500 $179,464
Weldon Spring 13 5,496 0.5% $314,100 $96,402
Chesterfield 14 47,651 4.7% $329,900 $94,263
Olivette 15 7,809 6.8% $288,800 $71,573
Richmond Heights 16 8,526 3.8% $241,300 $65,728
Wildwood 17 35,701 4.1% $351,400 $123,578
Creve Coeur 18 17,841 3.5% $348,200 $92,033
O’Fallon 19 81,978 5.0% $192,300 $78,634
Lake St. Louis 20 14,759 6.5% $234,000 $71,462
Ellisville 21 9,162 5.2% $217,700 $75,054
Crestwood 22 11,934 7.1% $182,000 $66,842
St. Peters 23 54,236 6.4% $168,100 $69,854
Wentzville 24 31,591 4.6% $187,300 $72,095
Glen Carbon 25 13,095 6.1% $204,200 $69,419
Valley Park 26 6,980 5.6% $169,300 $57,252
Maryville 27 7,727 8.1% $189,600 $80,504
Shiloh 28 12,706 5.7% $209,400 $81,731
University City 29 35,226 8.6% $200,100 $53,667
Edwardsville 30 24,464 5.0% $185,800 $70,791
Shrewsbury 31 6,217 5.7% $171,300 $54,307
Swansea 32 13,870 6.2% $162,300 $66,491
O’Fallon 33 29,100 9.0% $193,300 $79,795
St. Charles 34 66,900 7.2% $173,300 $56,622
Troy 35 9,931 7.5% $168,400 $69,467
Columbia 36 9,889 7.1% $188,200 $65,286
Maryland Heights 37 27,420 7.3% $155,100 $58,744
St. Ann 38 12,988 10.8% $93,100 $37,617
Florissant 39 52,353 9.2% $99,500 $51,415
Mascoutah 40 7,675 10.3% $146,600 $66,701
Fairview Heights 41 17,250 5.7% $126,800 $60,427
Maplewood 42 7,987 10.4% $143,900 $34,510
Belleville 43 43,296 7.0% $103,600 $46,558
Arnold 44 21,020 8.4% $145,900 $56,329
Hazelwood 45 25,671 11.1% $105,900 $44,855
Bellefontaine Neighbors 46 10,823 11.7% $76,800 $36,823
Overland 47 16,043 7.3% $94,900 $45,246
St. Louis 48 318,727 14.1% $118,600 $34,800
Pevely 49 5,566 10.7% $115,000 $41,087
Festus 50 11,740 10.2% $135,300 $45,752
St. John 51 6,486 9.0% $83,700 $38,937
Ferguson 52 21,151 12.3% $89,600 $40,660
Collinsville 53 25,282 10.2% $123,300 $52,821
Black Jack 54 6,924 17.7% $132,500 $52,472
Dellwood 55 5,010 25.0% $81,300 $42,284
Jennings 56 14,730 26.4% $65,400 $27,785
Centreville 57 5,208 24.4% $54,300 $17,396
Granite City 58 29,764 10.6% $82,000 $43,759
Bridgeton 59 11,654 11.0% $159,700 $44,822
East St. Louis 60 26,697 16.4% $57,000 $19,856
Berkeley 61 9,120 13.8% $69,100 $32,182
Pontoon Beach 62 5,804 10.9% $87,500 $47,121
Cahokia 63 14,905 15.9% $53,900 $30,394

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