Called "The Gateway City" for its rich history as a destination from which settlers migrated out west, St. Louis is the 10th largest city in the Midwest, with a population of 343,279. It is Missouri's second largest city, with Kansas City leading the way (442,768) and Springfield (150,867) holding third place. St. Louis County comprises the largest county area, with a population of over 1 million. The Gateway Arch has emerged as St. Louis' official icon, welcoming tourists and locals to the city every day.
Nerve center to 19 of the Forbes' 1,000, the Gateway City ranks 13th on Forbes' list of headquarters locations in the US. Among the major players who call St. Louis home:
- Emerson Electric
- May Department Stores
St. Louis' average income is $34,735 per capita, just above the national average. A steady supply of jobs from the regions automakers and technology firms have helped keep unemployment low and its economy strong.
- Automakers have developed a history in St. Louis, with GM, Chrysler, and Ford operating longstanding assembly plants in the metropolitan area.
- New areas of growth for St. Louis include agriculture and healthcare, both recognized by the government as great industries to grow in the Gateway City.
- Over 1,000 high tech firms have settled in St. Louis, providing 190,000 jobs in advanced technology alone.
Lower cost of business and a central location give St. Louis business owners advantages over west and east coast locations.
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