St. Louis is a young frugal family’s dream. There are so many fun and exciting activities to do for free. While most of these places charge for parking, you can easily avoid those charges if you’re willing to take a longer walk.
St. Louis’s low cost of living is attractive to start-up companies. St. Louis seems to constantly show up in articles such as this one by Forbes that highlight the start-up culture in St. Louis.
The St. Louis real estate market doesn’t typically see huge price swings. During the great recession, the St. Louis market definitely felt the pain of the downturn, but it was nothing like what was seen in some coastal cities where prices dropped by half or even more.
One of the things I love most about living in St. Louis is that you can be right in the middle of a large urban area and then drive 20 miles and be out in the country.
If your family is not into sports, this one may not appeal to you. If you are into sports, this is a great city to be in despite only having two major sports teams.
There are several great public schools within St. Louis County. St. Louis also has strong Catholic roots so many families who do not live within the best school districts will opt to send their kids to private school if they can afford it.