Greater St. Louis

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Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area

St. Louis, MO-IL
A NASA image of the Greater St. Louis area.
A NASA image of the Greater St. Louis area.
Gateway To The West
Location in Missouri
Location in Missouri
Country United States
State(s) Missouri
Largest city St. Louis
 • Total8,458 sq mi (21,910 km2)
 • Land8,261 sq mi (21,400 km2)
 • Water197 sq mi (510 km2)  2.3%
466–1,280 ft (142–390 m)
 • Metro density339.8/sq mi (131.2/km2)
 • MSA
2,807,338 (21th)
 • CSA
2,911,945 (19th)
 MSA/CSA = 2017
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code(s)314, 636, 618, 573, 217

Greater St. Louis is a bi-state metropolitan area that completely surrounds and includes the independent city of St. Louis (its principal city). It includes parts of both the U.S. states of Missouri and Illinois. The city core is on the Mississippi Riverfront on the border with Illinois in the geographic center of the metro area. The Mississippi River bisects the metro area in half geographically between Illinois and Missouri; however, the Missouri half is much more populous. St. Louis is the largest metro area in Missouri and the second largest in Illinois. St. Louis County is independent of the City of St. Louis and their two populations are generally tabulated separately.

The St. Louis, MO-IL metropolitan statistical area (MSA)—and the focus of this page—includes the City of St. Louis; the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair (known collectively as the Metro East); and the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis County (separate from and not inclusive of the city of St. Louis), and Warren.[2][3]

The larger St. Louis–St. Charles–Farmington, MO–IL combined statistical area (CSA) includes all of the aforementioned MSA, plus the Farmington, MO micropolitan statistical area, which includes all of St. Francois County, Missouri, and the Centralia, IL micropolitan statistical area, which includes Marion County, Illinois.

As of 2017 data, the MSA is the 21th-largest in the country that year with a population of 2,807,338 [4]; however, the CSA is the 19th-largest in the United States, with a population of 2,911,945.[5] Due to nearly zero growth in St. Louis paired with rapid growth in the Sun Belt and Florida, the St. Louis MSA fell out of the Top 20 Largest MSAs in the United States in 2017 for the first time since 1840.[6][7]

As of 2018, Greater St. Louis is home to the headquarters of ten of Missouri’s eleven Fortune 500 companies,[8] six Fortune 1,000 companies, and two of the top 30 Largest Private Companies in America, as ranked by Forbes.[9] The area received the All-America City Award in 2008.


Counties and cities in Greater St. Louis[edit]

Population of counties in Greater St. Louis (July 2017 estimate) [10]
State County Population
Illinois Bond 16.948
Illinois Calhoun 4,833
Illinois Clinton 37,614
Illinois Jersey 21,941
Illinois Macoupin 45,446
Illinois Madison 265,428
Illinois Monroe 34,097
Illinois St. Clair 262,479
Missouri Crawford 1,473
Missouri Franklin 103,330
Missouri Jefferson 223,810
Missouri Lincoln 56,183
Missouri St. Charles 395,504
Missouri St. Louis City 308,626
Missouri St. Louis County 996,726
Missouri Warren 34,373
Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20152,878,108[11]0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
1790–1960[13] 1900–1990[14]
1990–2000[15] 2010–2014[16]



As noted above, the Greater St. Louis area includes two cities named O'Fallon (in St. Charles County, Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois) and two cities named Troy (in Lincoln County, Missouri, and Madison County, Illinois).

The nearby HannibalQuincy micropolitan areas are technically not located within the metropolitan, but are regionally associated due to their proximity and accessibility to Greater St. Louis.[18]


According to the 2010 United States Census, in Greater St. Louis there were 2,787,701 people living in 1,143,001 households, of which 748,892 households were families.

Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20172,807,338[19]0.7%
Deccenial Census


In 2010, 98.2 percent of Greater St. Louis was of one race, while 1.8 percent were of two or more races. Of those of one race, 2,214,298 residents or 76.9 percent of the population were white, 519,221 or 18 percent were African American, 60,316 or 2.1 percent were Asian American, and 32,542 residents or 1.1 percent were American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander American, or some other race. 72,797 residents or 2.5 percent were Hispanic or Latino Americans of any race.

Age and gender[edit]

As of 2010, the median age for Greater St. Louis is 38.2, and 47.4 percent of the population was male while 52.6 percent of the population was female.

Income and housing statistics[edit]

As of 2010, Greater St. Louis included 1,264,680 housing units, and 90.4 percent or 1,143,001 units were occupied. Of those units that were vacant, 3.2 percent or 40,553 units were for rent, 1.6 percent or 19,956 were for sale, 1 percent or 12,575 were unoccupied seasonal homes, and .5 percent or 6,771 were sold or rented but unoccupied. 3.3 percent or 41,884 units were vacant and not for sale or rent. Of the occupied housing units, 70.6 percent or 807,431 were owner-occupied with 2,075,622 occupants. 29.4 percent or 335,570 units were rented with 739,749 occupants.[20]

In 2010, the median income for a household in the St. Louis metro was $50,900.[21]


Transportation in Greater St. Louis includes road, rail, and air transportation modes connecting the communities in the area with national and international transportation networks. Parts of Greater St. Louis also support a public transportation network that includes bus, as well as the MetroLink light rail which began operating in 1993. The principal airport serving the region is St. Louis Lambert International Airport, located in St. Louis County.

Brookings Hall, the administrative building for Washington University in St. Louis


Education in Greater St. Louis is provided by more than two dozen public school districts, independent private schools, parochial schools, and several public library systems. Greater St. Louis also is home to more than 30 colleges and universities.


Parks in Greater St. Louis are administered by a variety of state, county, and municipal authorities, and the region also includes the state of Missouri's only National Memorial, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which is the site of the Gateway Arch. Several Missouri state parks in the region and parks owned by St. Louis County are larger than 1,000 acres, while one park in the city of St. Louis, Forest Park, also exceeds 1,000 acres.


The 2014 Gross Metropolitan Product (GMP) of St. Louis was $145.958 billion.[22] That makes St. Louis the 21st highest GMP in the United States. The three largest categories of employment in Greater St. Louis are trade, transportation, and utilities with 249,000 workers, education and healthcare services with 225,000 workers, and professional and business services with 185,000 workers.[23] Greater St. Louis has more than 1.3 million non-farm workers, representing roughly 15 percent of the non-farm workforce of Missouri and Illinois combined. As of May 2011, 125,000 non-farm workers were unemployed in Greater St. Louis, with an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent. As of the third quarter of 2010, the Greater St. Louis region had more than 73,000 companies or establishments paying wages, while average weekly wages for that period were $833, slightly lower than the U.S. national average of $870.

The largest industry by business conducted was wholesaling with $71 billion, followed by manufacturing with $67 billion, retail trade with $36 billion, and healthcare with $16 billion. The area's largest employer by sector was healthcare with 174,000 workers, followed by retail trade with 152,000 workers and manufacturing with 134,000 workers.[24] Using available data, the combined value of business conducted in the combined statistical area was $213 billion in 2007.[24] With a gross metropolitan product of $112 billion in 2009, St. Louis' economy makes up 40% of the Gross State Product of Missouri.[25]

Companies & Major Employers[edit]

As of 2018, Greater St. Louis is home to ten of Missouri’s eleven Fortune 500 companies: Express Scripts (#25), Centene (#61), Emerson Electric (#178), Monsanto (#199), Reinsurance Group of America (#234), Edward Jones (#376), Graybar (#426), Olin Corporation (#448), Ameren (#453), and Peabody Energy (#491).[8] In addition, the area is home to six Fortune 1,000 companies: Post Holdings (#512), Stifel (#734), Caleres (#778), Belden (#851), Arch Coal (#870), Edgewell Personal Care (#876). As well as two of the Top 30 Largest Private Companies in America, as ranked by Forbes: Enterprise Holdings (#12) and World Wide Technology (#27). [9]

Other notable corporations from the area include Wells Fargo Advisors (formerly A.G. Edwards), Energizer Holdings, and Ralcorp. Significant healthcare and biotechnology institutions with operations in St. Louis include Pfizer, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Solae Company, Sigma-Aldrich, and Multidata Systems International.

Although it was purchased by Belgium-based InBev, Anheuser-Busch continues its presence in the city, as does Mallinckrodt Incorporated in spite of its purchase by Tyco International. The May Department Stores Company (which owned Famous-Barr and Marshall Field's stores) was purchased by Federated Department Stores, but Federated maintained its regional headquarters in the area. General Motors continues to produce cars in the St. Louis area, although Chrysler closed its production facility in the region, which was located in Fenton, Missouri. Despite its purchase by Nestlé, Ralston Purina remained headquartered in St. Louis as a wholly owned subsidiary.[26] St. Louis is also home to Boeing Phantom Works (formerly McDonnell-Douglas).[27] In addition, the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis in downtown is one of two federal reserve banks in Missouri.[28]

St. Louis County in particular is home to several area companies. Monsanto Company, formerly a chemical company and now a leader in genetically modified crops, is headquartered in Creve Coeur.[29] Express Scripts, a pharmaceutical benefits management firm, has its corporate headquarters in the suburbs of St. Louis, near the campus of the University of Missouri–St. Louis.[citation needed] Energizer Holdings, the battery company, is headquartered in Town and Country.[30] Enterprise Rent-A-Car's headquarters are located in Clayton.[31] Charter Communications was formerly headquartered in Town and Country, until the executive team moved to Stamford, Connecticut; however, Charter has continued to grow in St. Louis and has upwards of 4,000 employees in the region as of mid-2018.[32] Emerson Electric's headquarters are located in Ferguson.[33] Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is headquartered in Berkeley.[34][35] Trans States Airlines is headquartered in Bridgeton.[36] Edward Jones Investments is headquartered in Des Peres.[37][38] From 1994 until its acquisition in 2000 by Tyco International, another chemical company, Mallinckrodt, was headquartered in St. Louis County. Many of the former Mallinckrodt facilities are still in operation by Tyco in the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood, Missouri.[citation needed] Others are SSM Health Care, Mercy Hospital, and the Tenet Healthcare Corporation chain.

Companies Headquartered in Greater St. Louis[edit]


The Greater St. Louis area is currently home to two professional sports teams: the St. Louis Blues (NHL) and the St. Louis Cardinals (MLB). [39]

See also[edit]


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