These Are The 10 Best St. Louis Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best St. Louis suburbs.

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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…

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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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 94 suburbs to evaluate around St. Louis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 94 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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,919
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $131,250
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
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 $131,250 a year, which is the 5th highest in the St. Louis region. And only 1.4% are out of work. Homes average more than $362,800 each.

Ladue, MO

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10
/10

Population: 8,591
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $203,250
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Ladue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ladue is the second best ‘burb we looked at near St. Louis for 2019.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 0.8% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Frontenac, MO

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9.5
/10

Population: 3,543
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $142,679
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Frontenac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Frontenac, 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 Frontenac.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,938
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $128,449
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Dardenne Prairie: Real Estate | Data

Dardenne Prairie ranks as the 4th best suburb of St. Louis for 2019.

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.

Des Peres, MO

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9.5
/10

Population: 8,536
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $125,744
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Des Peres: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Des Peres.

Des Peres gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the St. Louis area, where houses sell for an average of $404,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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5
/10

Population: 2,630
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $166,200
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
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 3.2% which is 22nd 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.

Town And Country, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,030
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $164,649
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Town And Country: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Brentwood, MO

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7.5
/10

Population: 8,025
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,650
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brentwood 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 2.5% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

Weldon Spring, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,534
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $103,140
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Weldon Spring: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Weldon Spring?’

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.

Webster Groves, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 23,069
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $88,619
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Webster Groves: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Webster Groves.

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 2019

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 Median Income
1 Glendale 5,919 $131,250
2 Ladue 8,591 $203,250
3 Frontenac 3,543 $142,679
4 Dardenne Prairie 12,938 $128,449
5 Des Peres 8,536 $125,744
6 Clarkson Valley 2,630 $166,200
7 Town And Country 11,030 $164,649
8 Brentwood 8,025 $74,650
9 Weldon Spring 5,534 $103,140
10 Webster Groves 23,069 $88,619
11 Clayton 16,214 $91,531
12 Creve Coeur 18,259 $101,462
13 Chesterfield 47,660 $99,848
14 Kirkwood 27,659 $79,439
15 Wildwood 35,524 $130,107
16 Eureka 10,554 $102,809
17 Cottleville 4,551 $98,611
18 Richmond Heights 8,466 $76,081
19 Ballwin 30,388 $88,913
20 O’fallon 85,246 $84,580
21 Rock Hill 4,622 $66,311
22 Sunset Hills 8,511 $101,058
23 Fenton 4,042 $87,634
24 Ellisville 9,463 $67,198
25 Glen Carbon 12,776 $84,153
26 Smithton 3,953 $72,063
27 Crestwood 11,921 $72,267
28 Olivette 7,830 $73,478
29 Manchester 18,130 $76,289
30 St. Peters 56,375 $73,604
31 Troy 10,208 $71,346
32 Shrewsbury 6,180 $53,977
33 Shiloh 13,141 $77,963
34 O’fallon 29,095 $83,043
35 New Baden 3,384 $74,207
36 Columbia 10,188 $83,850
37 Maryville 7,844 $83,141
38 Swansea 13,753 $73,534
39 Edwardsville 24,823 $72,832
40 Waterloo 10,202 $65,445
41 Freeburg 4,097 $73,590
42 Godfrey 17,733 $68,530
43 St. Charles 69,026 $62,216
44 Bethalto 9,343 $62,782
45 Green Park 2,630 $55,774
46 Maplewood 7,975 $44,734
47 Millstadt 3,898 $65,875
48 Lebanon 4,136 $54,621
49 Valley Park 6,939 $56,250
50 Maryland Heights 27,246 $62,876
51 Fairview Heights 16,579 $64,611
52 New Athens 2,292 $58,274
53 Mascoutah 7,883 $75,323
54 Florissant 51,952 $52,532
55 Marlborough 2,166 $38,881
56 Black Jack 6,941 $50,329
57 Byrnes Mill 2,900 $67,353
58 Brighton 2,167 $60,455
59 Arnold 21,102 $61,473
60 Collinsville 24,767 $51,968
61 Pevely 5,721 $49,091
62 Herculaneum 3,866 $58,958
63 St. John 6,426 $45,674
64 Dupo 3,937 $45,203
65 Pacific 6,294 $49,778
66 St. Ann 12,864 $46,680
67 Belleville 42,283 $42,406
68 Overland 15,901 $43,757
69 Northwoods 4,164 $38,976
70 Hazelwood 25,505 $51,218
71 Woodson Terrace 4,048 $52,917
72 Wood River 10,326 $43,199
73 Bridgeton 11,712 $58,865
74 Ferguson 20,927 $41,369
75 Caseyville 4,042 $46,250
76 Breckenridge Hills 4,680 $39,596
77 Alton 27,037 $37,495
78 Dellwood 5,005 $42,370
79 Pontoon Beach 5,881 $54,080
80 East Alton 6,158 $46,161
81 Bellefontaine Neighbors 10,751 $41,481
82 Normandy 4,952 $34,177
83 Moline Acres 2,314 $34,432
84 South Roxana 2,232 $41,250
85 Jennings 14,743 $30,947
86 Berkeley 9,014 $32,589
87 Riverview 2,812 $36,745
88 Pine Lawn 3,491 $30,262
89 Pagedale 3,307 $27,720
90 Cahokia 14,408 $30,200
91 East St. Louis 26,678 $20,659
92 Centreville 5,094 $17,441
93 Washington Park 3,989 $25,390
94 Madison 3,898 $25,175

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