Best Places To Live In St Louis

Here are the 10 best neighborhoods in St. Louis:

1. Peabody-Darst-Webbe
2. Soulard
3. The Hill
4. Central West End
5. North Hampton
6. Ellendale
7. Lindenwood Park
7. Skinker-Debaliviere
9. Lafayette Square
9. Saint Louis Hills

Why are these areas the best in St. Louis– and what’s with the numbering? Keep reading through to find out the method behind our ranking and for an in-depth breakdown of each neighborhood.
The criteria we used:

  • Restaurants, coffee shops, and bars per capita
  • Median home value
  • Cost of living
  • High school diploma attainment rate
  • Crime rate
  • Median household income
  • Total number of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars

We started with a list of 75 St. Louis neighborhoods and ranked them from one to 75 in each criteria, based on the data, with one being the best possible score. We chose to use both the total number of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, and the number of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars per capita, because while it is important to have a large number of options per individual, we also didn’t want to punish neighborhoods with larger populations.

The rest of the criteria we chose are standard staples of good living; the mark of a happy neighborhood.

Once we rated each community, we averaged the criteria-level scores together and gave each an overall score. The lower this number was, the higher the area ranked. To check out the rankings of all 75 neighborhoods, jump down to the bottom of the post.

1. Peabody-Darst-Webbe
Peabody-Darst-Webbe – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Onegentlemanofverona
Known as the Near Southside Neighborhood, this area of St. Louis came in at No. 1 for scoring well in almost all of our criteria. Where it shined, though, was in education, with a high school diploma attainment rate of 90 percent.

With a population of just over 1,200, this neighborhood boasts more than 100 of such amenities– places like the newly opened Element, which is something of a mix of the three. The thing that most sets this neighborhood apart from the rest?

2. Soulard
Soulard – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Xxovercastxx
Soulard it has a crime rate 52 percent below the city’s average, a total of almost 200 restaurants, taverns, and coffee shops, and the median home price is $187,978– one of the highest values in St. Louis.

Additionally, Soulard is one of the most distinct areas in the city. It is one of the oldest neighborhood in St. Louis; the streets are lined with historic red brick townhomes that contain pubs like the famous International Tap House, coffee shops like Soulard Coffee Garden, and some of the best barbecue around, including Bogart’s Smokehouse; and the whole neighborhood seems to move at a more leisurely pace.

3. The Hill
The Hill – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user TMS63112
Residents of The Hill neighborhood won’t be surprised to find it near the top of our list at No. 3. In fact, to see what makes The Hill unique, just visit the center of this neighborhood, where St. Ambrose Catholic Church is on one corner, Amighetti’s Cafe and Bakery is on another, an import shop sits across the street, and the bocce garden, Milo’s, is on the other corner.

It’s no wonder that The Hill scored well in both restaurants, coffee shops, and bars per capita and total in the area. Residents here also make about $44,434 per household, 32 percent higher than the city’s average.

4. Central West End
Central West End – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Onegentlemanofverona
Coming in at No. 4 on our list is Central West End, which scored major points for low crime, high priced houses, and its total number of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars.

Central West End has a crime rate 59 percent lower than the St. Louis average, making it No. 1 when it comes to safety and security. As far as home prices go, the average home here is valued at $265,892– 117 percent higher than the St. Louis average. With an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars, it is clear that Central West End deserves this spot on our list.

Need further proof? Just grab lunch at the St. Louis Coffee Oasis & Mediterranean Café next time you’re in this neck of the woods. The gyro will be evidence enough.

5. North Hampton
North Hampton – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Google Maps
Our No. 5 neighborhood is North Hampton, which gets a really good grade for its high school diploma attainment rate of 84 percent– that’s 20 percent higher than the city’s average. North Hampton also scored well when it came to its median household income of $49,438– a good 46 percent higher than the St. Louis average.

This neighborhood is a nice area dotted with well-manicured lawns and parks, like Tilles Park, with a sports field, playgrounds, picnic areas, and walking paths. A perfect neighborhood for a picnic– and safe too, with a crime rate 25 percent lower than the city’s average.

6. Ellendale
Ellendale – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Flickr user Shelly smith CBP
This neighborhood scored points for a higher than average median household income of $54,978– 63 percent higher than the city’s average, and its impressive number of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. Considering Ellendale has a population of just 1,635, this is not too shabby.

Ellendale itself is a small neighborhood and is made up mostly of residences and small businesses. Even with its size, though, it does have some important institutions, like the Principle Union Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Railroad— and of course restaurants like the Piccadilly Cafeteria, which some residents might argue is reason enough to live there.

7. Lindenwood Park
Lindenwood Park – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Indrian
At No. 7– or rather our first No. 7– is Lindenwood Park. This neighborhood scored significant points for its high median income of $55,560, its median home price of $148,580, and its crime rate, which is 33 percent below the city’s average.

This neighborhood is located conveniently to downtown, Forest Park, and– perhaps most importantly– Ted Drewes Frozen Custard Store.

7. Skinker-Debaliviere
Skinker-Debaliviere – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Skinkerd
Tying with Lindenwood Park for our No. 7 spot is the Skinker-Debaliviere neighborhood. Quantity doesn’t always mean quality; but this neighborhood seems to have both.

Before we make you too hungry, let’s look at where else Skinker-Debaliviere did well. With an average home valuation of $196,554, and a high school diploma attainment rate 18 percent higher than the city average, it is no wonder Skinker-Debaliviere made our top 10.

9. Lafayette Square
Lafayette Square – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Wikipedia user Whitebox
The final spot on our list is another tie between Lafayette Square and Saint Louis Hills

Lafayette Square came in first in safety, with a crime rate 59 percent lower than the city’s average. This neighborhood also has some of the most valuable real estate in the area, with home prices averaging around $209,228.

This historic community is centered around a set of stately Victorian homes called the painted ladies, which surround the rolling greenery of Lafayette Park. Further back from the park are charming lofts, condos, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, like Park Avenue Coffee with delicious, gooey butter cake.

9. Saint Louis Hills.
Saint Louis Hills – Neighborhoods in St. Louis
Source: Flickr user Eric Weisser
Tying with Lafayette for our No. 9 spot is the Saint Louis Hills neighborhood. This neighborhood also came in first when it comes to safety– its crime rate matches Lafayette Square’s at 59 percent lower than the city’s average.

Saint Louis Hills earned points with a slightly higher median home value than Lafayette, at $239,530, and also for some of the highest median household incomes (an average of $63,646) and high school diploma attainment rates (87 percent) in the city.

Results?

When the numbers were crunched and the scores tallied up, the victor was clear: Peabody-Darste-Webbe is the best neighborhood in the STL.

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