Regional and County Profiles
Consisting of 15 counties that are collectively home to more than 2.8 million people, the St. Louis area sits squarely in the Central time zone and spans both sides of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, with a footprint that extends into both Missouri and Illinois.
Population and Demographics
More than 2.8 million people live in Greater St. Louis, making it the nation’s 19th-largest metropolitan area. Companies doing business in the region have access to a growing and well-educated work force.
Work Force and Training
Low cost of living, wages that are higher than the national average, impressive educational resources and exciting local industries contribute to a vibrant and well-educated local work force.
More than 25 universities and colleges produce over 27,000 graduates with bachelor’s, post-bachelor’s, or professional degrees each year.
Transportation and Infrastructure
An international airport, the U.S. third-largest inland port by tonnage, one of the nation's largest rail centers, four Interstates and convenient public transit make getting anywhere in — or from — St. Louis easy.
Ratings and Rankings
Greater St. Louis is a community that shines in numerous areas, from business environment and low cost of living to health care and quality of transportation, the region is consistantly ranked as a destination for a career and family.
Regional Locations and Expansions
Tapping our community’s ever-growing, well-educated and diverse work force, companies in several industries have established locations or grown operations already based here in recent years. Recent examples include the Abengoa Bioenergy, Covidien Ltd. and more.
Regional Map Room
This growing collection of maps provides geographic tools for economic development planning and site selection analysis.
Click here to download a 22-page Executive Summary (2.45 MB) providing a comprehensive overview of region-wide demographic and statistical information. A black and white version (3.5 MB) is also available in the Documents Library, along with versions in Chinese, French, German, and Japanese.