Best St. Louis Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of St. Louis? Glendale ranks as the best suburb of St. Louis for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Missouri:

The 10 Best St. Louis Suburbs To Live For 2020

Glendale, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,888
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $141,217
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $141,217 a year, which is the 5th highest in the St. Louis region. And only 1.74% are out of work. Homes average more than $385,700 each.

Ladue, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,586
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $192,500
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Ladue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ladue is the second best 'burb we looked at near St. Louis for 2020.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 0.78% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Des Peres, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,567
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $140,658
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Des Peres: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Frontenac, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,525
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $149,643
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Frontenac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Frontenac ranks as the 4th best suburb of St. Louis for 2020.

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

Brentwood, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,023
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $79,469
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Brentwood.

Brentwood gets kudos for having the 24th most expensive homes in the St. Louis area, where houses sell for an average of $222,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Clayton, MO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,448
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Median Income: $97,145
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 7.2%
More on Clayton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clayton 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 3.19% which is 30th best in the area.

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

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,139
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $128,452
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Dardenne Prairie: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Dardenne Prairie.

Dardenne Prairie 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 27.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,640
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $170,952
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
More on Clarkson Valley: Real Estate | Data

Clarkson Valley 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 0.23% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

Kirkwood, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 27,693
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Median Income: $88,378
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Kirkwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Kirkwood?'

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.

Town And Country, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,066
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $178,000
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Town And Country: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Town and Country.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around St. Louis for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 96 suburbs to evaluate around St. Louis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 96 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. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best St. Louis 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best St. Louis Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Glendale, MO 5,888 $141,217
2 Ladue, MO 8,586 $192,500
3 Des Peres, MO 8,567 $140,658
4 Frontenac, MO 3,525 $149,643
5 Brentwood, MO 8,023 $79,469
6 Clayton, MO 16,448 $97,145
7 Dardenne Prairie, MO 13,139 $128,452
8 Clarkson Valley, MO 2,640 $170,952
9 Kirkwood, MO 27,693 $88,378
10 Town And Country, MO 11,066 $178,000
11 Webster Groves, MO 23,029 $94,617
12 Chesterfield, MO 47,663 $106,250
13 Wildwood, MO 35,517 $132,221
14 Creve Coeur, MO 18,445 $100,735
15 Rock Hill, MO 4,637 $80,042
16 Weldon Spring, MO 5,545 $102,105
17 Ballwin, MO 30,332 $91,886
18 Ellisville, MO 9,581 $75,017
19 Richmond Heights, MO 8,457 $78,481
20 Sunset Hills, MO 8,488 $98,450
21 Shrewsbury, MO 6,166 $55,804
22 Cottleville, MO 4,882 $106,321
23 Olivette, MO 7,837 $80,323
24 Eureka, MO 10,575 $106,000
25 O'fallon, MO 86,340 $87,238
26 Fenton, MO 4,034 $92,544
27 Troy, MO 10,356 $69,775
28 Crestwood, MO 11,881 $76,875
29 Waterloo, MO 10,268 $68,911
30 O'fallon, MO 29,277 $89,535
31 Glen Carbon, MO 12,845 $83,505
32 Maryville, MO 7,955 $70,625
33 Millstadt, MO 3,915 $69,231
34 St. Peters, MO 56,838 $76,803
35 Columbia, MO 10,503 $95,354
36 Manchester, MO 18,189 $79,414
37 Shiloh, MO 13,250 $80,271
38 Smithton, MO 3,980 $74,531
39 Swansea, MO 13,863 $77,860
40 St. Charles, MO 69,576 $64,483
41 Maplewood, MO 8,008 $45,095
42 Bethalto, MO 9,311 $64,545
43 Freeburg, MO 4,254 $72,582
44 New Baden, MO 3,258 $69,303
45 Edwardsville, MO 24,868 $69,213
46 Godfrey, MO 17,685 $69,192
47 Green Park, MO 2,628 $60,563
48 Mascoutah, MO 8,007 $78,191
49 Lebanon, MO 4,256 $56,250
50 Valley Park, MO 6,832 $62,467
51 New Athens, MO 2,239 $59,659
52 Brighton, MO 2,215 $66,161
53 Marlborough, MO 2,457 $42,484
54 Maryland Heights, MO 27,128 $63,594
55 Byrnes Mill, MO 2,944 $68,224
56 Fairview Heights, MO 16,360 $62,900
57 Arnold, MO 21,107 $63,702
58 Black Jack, MO 6,943 $56,270
59 Florissant, MO 51,744 $53,750
60 Pevely, MO 5,784 $57,897
61 Collinsville, MO 24,756 $52,394
62 Herculaneum, MO 3,935 $63,824
63 Belleville, MO 41,926 $45,945
64 Hazelwood, MO 25,399 $53,907
65 St. John, MO 6,432 $46,313
66 St. Ann, MO 12,853 $47,825
67 Dupo, MO 3,893 $45,152
68 Northwoods, MO 4,148 $37,823
69 Overland, MO 15,787 $44,860
70 Woodson Terrace, MO 4,062 $54,916
71 Caseyville, MO 4,018 $50,471
72 Wood River, MO 10,234 $44,450
73 Pacific, MO 6,329 $49,451
74 Bridgeton, MO 11,690 $58,854
75 Ferguson, MO 20,931 $41,657
76 Pontoon Beach, MO 5,725 $58,682
77 Dellwood, MO 4,912 $42,729
78 East Alton, MO 6,099 $45,274
79 Normandy, MO 4,931 $34,358
80 Alton, MO 26,884 $38,581
81 Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 10,613 $45,700
82 Breckenridge Hills, MO 4,654 $35,039
83 Jennings, MO 14,794 $32,383
84 Moline Acres, MO 2,355 $31,640
85 Riverview, MO 2,872 $37,149
86 Berkeley, MO 8,991 $33,874
87 Bel-Ridge, MO 2,718 $32,482
88 South Roxana, MO 2,172 $41,250
89 Pine Lawn, MO 3,513 $31,705
90 Pagedale, MO 3,291 $27,017
91 Cahokia, MO 14,271 $29,330
92 East St. Louis, MO 26,647 $23,072
93 Venice, MO 2,128 $25,511
94 Centreville, MO 5,059 $18,955
95 Washington Park, MO 3,962 $22,107
96 Madison, MO 3,714 $24,845

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.