MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we are taking a closer look at St. Louis, the second-largest city in Missouri. St. Louis has a robust and diverse economy and a rich history showcased in its architecture and tight-knit communities.
‘Gateway To The West’
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Louis was nicknamed “Gateway to the West” after being the starting point for settlers’ westward expansion in the 1800s. Today, the city’s population is nearly 300,000, but the greater metropolitan area population is 2.8 million.
Industry and Research
St. Louis is a “Gamma” global city with a metropolitan GDP of over $160 billion. The area’s top industries include service, manufacturing, trade, transportation, aviation, biotechnology, and medical research. Eight Fortune 500 companies, including Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Emerson Electric, and Monsanto Company, call the city home, along with three major research universities−Saint Louis University, Washington University, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Quality of Life
- Low cost of living
- Median home price of $259,958; below the national average
- Popular neighborhoods – Webster Groves, Shaw, Kirkwood, Soulard, Lafayette Square, and Clayton.
- Public transportation – bus and light rail service
- St. Louis Lambert International Airport
- St. Louis Public Schools – More than 75 schools (including magnet schools) serving over 25,000 students
- One of the first recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council – LEED for Homes Platinum residence
- Four distinct seasons – average low of 21°F (−6°C) in January, average high of 89°F (32°C) in July
There’s plenty to see and do in St. Louis.
The Gateway Arch Take a tram 630 feet up to the top of the Gateway Arch, the tallest monument in the United States. Made of concrete and stainless steel, the Gateway Arch is a symbol of the Westward Expansion of the United States in the nineteenth century.
St. Louis Cardinals Second, only to the New York Yankees for the most World Series wins, the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans are one of the reasons why The Sporting News rated St. Louis the “Best Sports City.” The Cardinals play from April, often into late October, and sometimes November at Busch Stadium.
Saint Louis Art Museum Be one of the half million visitors each year to the Saint Louis Art Museum. The museum has three floors dedicated to paintings, sculptures, cultural objects, and ancient masterpieces.
Missouri Botanical Garden Walk 79 acres of beautiful horticultural displays at the Missouri Botanical Garden. An oasis in the middle of the city, the garden is one of the oldest in the country, opening its doors to visitors more than 160 years ago.
Six Flags St. Louis Thrill seekers can indulge their senses on the Screaming Eagle Wooden Coaster, Batman the Ride, Catwoman Whip, and other rides at Six Flags St. Louis. There are also live shows, concerts, food, and more.
Budweiser Brewery Get face-to-face with a legendary Clydesdale, take a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process, and enjoy a beer and food pairing dinner at the Budweiser Brewery.
St. Louis Station Home to the St. Louis Aquarium, the 200-foot St. Louis Wheel carousel, an 18-hole mini-golf course, a hotel, and more, the St. Louis Station is a multi-purpose entertainment center.
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