Known for its music and performing arts scene, the city of St. Louis has roots in everything from Roman Catholicism to blues, jazz, and ragtime music. The city's vibrant downtown area has a unique vibe and its own regional cuisine, which has been influenced by ethnic groups and its immigrant past over time.
With a population of 317,419 in 2014, St. Louis was Missouri's second largest city. Key industries in the area include service, manufacturing, trade, tourism, and transportation. The city's location on the Mississippi River makes it a key player in logistics and supply management, but it is mostly known for the unique "arch" that graces its skyline.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 25 institutions of higher education reside in the St. Louis, Missouri area. While that figure includes some traditional, four-year schools, it also includes an array of trade schools, community colleges, and beauty schools. Together, all institutions combined hosted a student population of 108,608 in 2014.
As a private, four-year school, Fontbonne University offers undergraduate and graduate programs aimed at helping students achieve their personal and professional aspirations. Student enrollment was 1,819 in 2014, and students enjoyed a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1. Popular degree programs included those in accounting, supply chain management, education, and computer science.
At Missouri Baptist University, total student enrollment included 5,322 individuals in 2014. Students studied a variety of interdisciplinary majors and pursued a wide range of career-oriented degree programs, some of which can be completed online. Popular degree programs were in fields such as business administration, public relations, education, and health sciences.
As a two-year community college, St. Louis Community College offers programs that prepare students for real-world careers or a transfer to a four-year school. Student enrollment included 21,218 students in 2014, and popular programs were in fields such as nursing, office information systems, dental hygiene, and accounting. In addition to its on-campus programs, SLCC also offers eight programs that can be completed entirely online.
With a student population of 17,052 in 2014, Saint Louis University was one of the area's largest private schools. In addition to its popular degrees in fields like aerospace engineering and education, the school offers fully-online degree programs for busy, working adults. A few of its most popular online programs are its B.S. in Computer Information Systems and B.S. in Nursing - RN to BSN.
Webster University is a global pioneer in higher education, with its array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in forward-thinking fields such as data analytics, biological sciences, game design, and information systems. In addition to its fabulous on-campus programs, Webster also offers 25 online master's degrees and five fully-online bachelor's degrees as well as a number of online certificate programs meant to improve one's skills and bolster one's resume. Student enrollment included 16,769 individuals in 2014.
Due to a sagging economy, 27.4 percent of St. Louis residents lived below the poverty line through 2013. Further, the median household income in the area was just $34,582 through 2013, which doesn't fare well against the state average income of $47,280 that year. Low housing prices keep the St. Louis area affordable, however. Through 2013, the median housing value in St. Louis was just $119,200.
The St. Louis area was home to 317,419 residents through 2014. Approximately 29.6 percent of the adult population held a Bachelor's degree through 2013, and 82.9 percent held a high school diploma. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 6.7 percent of the St. Louis population was foreign-born through 2013.
With its St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, and St. Louis Blues, St. Louis has a professional sporting team for each of the top three attractions in the U.S. - baseball, football, and hockey. Further, the city is known as home to more than 100 parks, which include playgrounds, sports facilities, natural areas, picnic areas, and concert arenas.