Information about Saint Louis, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri, is part of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. The city itself had a population of 317,400, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, while the larger metropolitan area includes 2.8 million people. The majority of the city's residents (49.2%) identified as black or African American during the 2010 census, followed by white (43.9%), Hispanic or Latino (3.5%) and Asian (2.9%).
Saint Louis' Forest Park features a number of attractions, including a zoo, the Saint Louis Science Center and Observatory, with its associated planetarium, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. The park's municipal theater, The Muny, was constructed in 1916. Visitors also flock to the city's most defining feature, the Gateway Arch, which is the anchor of St. Louis' historic downtown area. And the city hosts three professional sports teams: the NFL's St. Louis Rams, MLB's St. Louis Cardinals and the NHL's St. Louis Blues.
Saint Louis Educational Opportunities
St. Louis houses several well-regarded colleges and universities, including Washington University in St. Louis, which was ranked the 15th best university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Other area schools recognized by U.S. News include St. Louis University, which was ranked 96th among national universities, and Webster University, rated 26th among regional universities in the Midwest. Webster is also one of the largest schools in the city, with more than 16,000 students as of Fall 2014. The University of Missouri's St. Louis campus had nearly 17,000 students.
Other 4-year colleges and universities in the city include Fontbonne University, Maryville University of Saint Louis, Missouri Baptist University, Ranken Technical College and Harris-Stowe State University. As the only nonprofit 2-year school in the city, St. Louis Community College had a student enrollment of about 21,000 students in Fall 2014.
Saint Louis Economy and Industry
Saint Louis is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Edward Jones Investments, Emerson Electric, Express Scripts, Peabody Energy and Monsanto. The city also has become a center for medical and biotechnology research, thanks to affiliations among its many medical schools and medical centers, including the Washington University in St. Louis and St. Louis University schools of medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the St. Louis Children's Hospital and St. Louis University Hospitals.