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St. Louis metropolitan area

Greater St. Louis
St. Louis-St. Charles, Farmington, MO-IL
NASA image of the Greater St. Louis area.
Motto: Gateway To The West

Location in Missouri and Illinois
Country  United States
State(s)  Missouri
Largest city Template:Country data St. Louis
 • Total 21,910 km2 (8,458 sq mi)
 • Land 21,400 km2 (8,261 sq mi)
 • Water 510 km2 (197 sq mi)  2.3%
Elevation 142–390 m (466–1,280 ft)
Population (2012)[1]
 • Metro density 130.7/km2 (338.4/sq mi)
 • MSA 2,795,794 (19th)
 • CSA 2,900,605 (19th)
  MSA/CSA = 2012, Urban = 2000
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CST (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 314, 636, 618, 573

Greater St. Louis is the metropolitan area that completely surrounds and includes the independent city of St. Louis and includes parts of the U.S. states of Missouri and Illinois. Depending on the counties included in the area, it can refer to the St. Louis, MO-IL metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or the St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, MO-IL combined statistical area (CSA).[2][3] Included in the MSA is the city of St. Louis; the Southern Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair, which are collectively known as the Metro East; the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis County (separate from and not inclusive of the city of St. Louis), Warren Washington, and part of Crawford County.[2] The CSA includes all of the MSA listed above and the Farmington, MO micropolitan statistical area, which includes Washington County, Missouri and St. Francois County, Missouri.[2] The CSA was the 19th largest in the United States in 2012, with a population of 2,900,605, while the 2012 MSA estimate was the 19th largest in the country with a population of 2,795,794.[4][5]

The region is home to several major corporations: Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Monsanto, Reinsurance Group of America, Centene, Peabody Energy, Ameren, Graybar Electric, and Edward Jones. Those nine are in Fortune's list of the Top 500 companies.,[6] plus other smaller companies: Sigma-Aldrich, Anheuser-Busch, Scottrade, Nestle Purina, Enterprise Holdings, and Rawlings.

Counties and cities in Greater St. Louis

Population of counties in Greater St. Louis (July 2012 estimate) [4]
State County Population
Illinois Bond 17,644
Illinois Calhoun 5,014
Illinois Clinton 38,061
Illinois Madison 267,883
Illinois Macoupin 47,231
Illinois Monroe 33,357
Illinois Jersey 22,742
Illinois St. Clair 268,858
Missouri Franklin 101,412
Missouri Jefferson 220,209
Missouri Lincoln 53,354
Missouri St. Charles 368,666
Missouri St. Louis City 318,172
Missouri St. Louis County 1,000,438
Missouri St. Francois 65,917
Missouri Warren 32,753
Missouri Washington 25,095

Cities in counties in Greater St. Louis

  • Clinton County IL: Carlyle, Centralia (smaller part), Germantown, New Baden

As noted above, the Greater St. Louis area includes two cities named O'Fallon (in St. Charles County, Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois) and two cities named Troy (in Lincoln County, Missouri, and Madison County, Illinois).

The nearby Hannibal-Quincy micropolitan areas are not technically located within the metropolitan, but is regionally associated due to its proximity and accessibility to the Greater St. Louis Area.[8]


According to the 2010 United States Census, in Greater St. Louis there were 2,878,255 people living in 1,143,001 households, of which 748,892 households were families.

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20122,900,6052.5%

Deccenial Census


In 2010, 98.2 percent of Greater St. Louis was of one race, while 1.8 percent were of two or more races. Of those of one race, 2,214,298 residents or 76.9 percent of the population were white, 519,221 or 18 percent were African American, 60,316 or 2.1 percent were Asian American, and 32,542 residents or 1.1 percent were American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander American, or some other race. 72,797 residents or 2.5 percent were Hispanic or Latino Americans of any race.

Age and gender

As of 2010, the median age for Greater St. Louis is 38.2, and 48.4 percent of the population was male while 52.6 percent of the population was female.

Income and housing statistics

As of 2010, Greater St. Louis included 1,264,680 housing units, and 90.4 percent or 1,143,001 units were occupied. Of those units that were vacant, 3.2 percent or 40,553 units were for rent, 1.6 percent or 19,956 were for sale, 1 percent or 12,575 were unoccupied seasonal homes, and .5 percent or 6,771 were sold or rented but unoccupied. 3.3 percent or 41,884 units were vacant and not for sale or rent. Of the occupied housing units, 70.6 percent or 807,431 were owner-occupied with 2,075,622 occupants. 29.4 percent or 335,570 units were rented with 739,749 occupants.[5]

In 2010, the median income for a household in the St. Louis metro was $50,900.[9]


Main article: Transportation in Greater St. Louis
For information on transportation in the city of St. Louis, see Transportation in St. Louis.

Transportation in Greater St. Louis includes road, rail, and air transportation modes connecting the communities in the area with national and international transportation networks. Parts of Greater St. Louis also support a public transportation network that includes bus and light rail service.


Main article: Education in Greater St. Louis
For information on education in the city of St. Louis, see Education in St. Louis.

Education in Greater St. Louis is provided by more than two dozen public school districts, independent private schools, parochial schools, and several public library systems. Greater St. Louis also is home to more than thirty colleges and universities.


Main article: Parks in Greater St. Louis
For information on parks in the city of St. Louis, see Parks in St. Louis.

Parks in Greater St. Louis are administered by a variety of state, county, and municipal authorities, and the region also includes the state of Missouri's only National Memorial, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which is the site of the Gateway Arch. Several Missouri state parks in the region and parks owned by St. Louis County are larger than 1,000 acres, while one park in the city of St. Louis, Forest Park, also exceeds 1,000 acres.


Main article: Economy of Greater St. Louis
For information on the economy of the city of St. Louis, see Economy of St. Louis.

The 2011 Gross Metropolitan Product (GMP) of St. Louis was $133.1 billion.[10] That makes St. Louis the 21st highest GMP in the United States. The three largest categories of employment in Greater St. Louis are trade, transportation, and utilities with 249,000 workers, education and healthcare services with 225,000 workers, and professional and business services with 185,000 workers.[11] Greater St. Louis has more than 1.3 million non-farm workers, representing roughly 15 percent of the non-farm workforce of Missouri and Illinois combined. As of May 2011, 125,000 non-farm workers were unemployed in Greater St. Louis, with an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent. As of the third quarter of 2010, the Greater St. Louis region had more than 73,000 companies or establishments paying wages, while average weekly wages for that period were $833, slightly lower than the U.S. national average of $870.

The largest industry by business conducted was wholesaling with $71 billion, followed by manufacturing with $67 billion, retail trade with $36 billion, and healthcare with $16 billion. The area's largest employer by sector was healthcare with 174,000 workers, followed by retail trade with 152,000 workers and manufacturing with 134,000 workers.[12] Using available data, the combined value of business conducted in the combined statistical area was $213 billion in 2007.[12] With a gross metropolitan product of $112 billion in 2009, St. Louis' economy makes up 40% of the Gross State Product of Missouri.[13]

As of 2011, the St. Louis area is home to nine Fortune 500 companies, including Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Monsanto, Reinsurance Group of America, Ameren, Charter Communications, Peabody Energy, Graybar Electric, and Centene.[14] Other notable corporations from the area include Edward Jones Investments, Scottrade, Wells Fargo Advisors (formerly A.G. Edwards), Energizer Holdings, Ralcorp, Hardee's, and Enterprise Holdings (parent company of several car rental companies). Significant healthcare and biotechnology institutions with operations in St. Louis include Pfizer, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Solae Company, Sigma-Aldrich, and Multidata Systems International.

Although it was purchased by Belgium-based InBev, Anheuser-Busch continues its presence in the city, as does Mallinckrodt Incorporated in spite of its purchase by Tyco International. The May Department Stores Company (which owned Famous-Barr and Marshall Field's stores) was purchased by Federated Department Stores, but Federated maintained its regional headquarters in the area. General Motors continues to produce cars in the St. Louis area, although Chrysler closed its production facility in the region, which was located in Fenton, Missouri. Despite its purchase by Nestle, Ralston Purina remained headquartered in St. Louis as a wholly owned subsidiary.[15] St. Louis is also home to Boeing Phantom Works (formerly McDonnell-Douglas).[16] In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis in downtown is one of two federal reserve banks in Missouri.[17]

St. Louis County in particular is home to several area companies. Monsanto Company, formerly a chemical company and now a leader in genetically modified crops, is headquartered in Creve Coeur.[18] Solutia, the former Monsanto chemical division that was spun off as a separate company, is in Town and Country.[19] Express Scripts, a pharmaceutical benefits management firm, has its corporate headquarters in the suburbs of St. Louis, near the campus of the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Energizer Holdings, the battery company, is headquartered in Town and Country.[20] Enterprise Rent-A-Car's headquarters are located in Clayton.[21] Charter Communications is headquartered in Town and Country.[22] Emerson Electric's headquarters are located in Ferguson.[23] Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is headquartered in Berkeley.[24][25] Trans States Airlines is headquartered in Bridgeton.[26] Edward Jones Investments is headquartered in Des Peres.[27][28] From 1994 until its acquisition in 2000 by Tyco International, another chemical company, Mallinckrodt, was headquartered in St. Louis County. Many of the former Mallinckrodt facilities are still in operation by Tyco in the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood, Missouri. Others are SSM Health Care, St. John's Mercy, and the Tenet Healthcare Corporation chain.

List of companies based in Greater St. Louis

See also

  • List of high schools in Greater St. Louis
  • List of colleges and universities in Greater St. Louis
  • Missouri census statistical areas


External links

  • East-West Gateway Council of Governments
  • 2006 U.S. Census estimates
  • St. Louis County Economic Council

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