Best Places to Live

St. Louis , MO

Population: 317,850
Photo: St Louis CVC

It's hard to say whether recent retirees or their grandchildren enjoy St. Louis, MO more. This centrally located city is filled with activities that capture imaginations, inspire and engage. From hard-hitting sports teams and high-flying thrill rides to beautiful parks and a thriving cultural scene, St. Louis keeps all ages entertained.

The largest city on our list of the best places to retire, St. Louis scored well in health care, parks, and cultural and age diversity. The city also scores well for its infrastructure, and a study by the Milken Institute found St. Louis to offer the lowest fares for public transportation to those 65 and over. In addition, Walk Score gives downtown St. Louis and its surrounding neighborhoods high marks. Not only does the St. Louis metro area have 54 hospitals, but U.S. News & World Report ranked Barnes-Jewish Hospital best in the state.

More than 100 neighborhood parks provide opportunities to walk, play games and just enjoy the sunshine. St. Louis is surrounded by natural areas and parks for hiking, hunting, boating, and fishing. Forest Park, the site of the 1904 World's Fair, draws thousands of residents each day who come to golf, play tennis, fish, bike or visit the city's museum campus.

When it comes to dining, a rich mix of cultures creates a diverse culinary scene in St. Louis, where diners can venture well beyond the city's signature Italian dining to Bosnian and Vietnamese cuisine. Though Anheuser-Busch and the Budweiser Clydesdales get top billing among St. Louis breweries, the city's smaller brew pubs like Schlafly, Square One and Six Row Brewing Company make it an ideal spot for craft beer lovers. 

And again, there's just so much to do. More than 40 professional theater companies, dance and improve troupes put on shows throughout the year. Music venues sprinkled throughout town range from the cozy confines of Focal Point to the grand stages of the Fox Theatre and Sheldon Concert Hall. Art galleries and museums like the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts feature collections of paintings, sculptures and contemporary works. Besides retirees expanding their own personal horizons, when it comes time to entertain the grandchildren, St. Louis delivers. Kids go wild for the Saint Louis Zoo, the City Museum, Six Flags St. Louis, the frozen custard at Ted Drewes or riding to the top of the Gateway Arch.

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St. Louis , MO Highlights

Population 65 and Over: 11%
Colleges: Washington University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri – St. Louis and Webster University
Top 100 Rank 2014: 100
Liv Score: 577