St. Louis is a livable, mid-size city with a burgeoning startup community and big-city attractions.

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​About St. Louis

Big city meets small town.

St. Louis has so much to offer residents. It has the best of a big city with things like major league sports, cultural venues, parks of all sizes, and a multitude of ethnic and fine dining. Yet it also has homey neighborhoods, easy transportation, Midwestern friendliness and a low cost of living.

St. Louis is as diverse as its most famous citizens—people like Nelly, John Goodman, Maya Angelou, Andy Cohen, Chuck Berry, Yogi Berra and Jon Hamm. It’s also the headquarters for nearly two dozen Fortune 1000 companies, eight of which are in the Fortune 500, including Centene, Edward Jones Investments, Emerson Electric and Post Holdings. Home to four of the nation’s leading brokerage firms, St. Louis is a financial hub of the Midwest. It’s also home to some of the country’s largest privately held companies and has a thriving startup ecosystem.

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Want more? Take a look at what the St. Louis Region has to offer:

Olin has a vast corporate network in St. Louis—and beyond—that:

  • Provides internships
  • Hires our graduates
  • Sponsors students in Olin’s Executive Programs
  • Provides guest speakers, course projects and mentoring
  • Consults with faculty
  • Supports Olin Business School financially

St. Louis facts and figures

  • 14 Fortune 1000 company headquarters
  • 3.0 million residents
  • Top 20 lowest cost of living (, 2019)
  • 38 stations on the MetroLink light rail connecting the airport, Washington University, downtown St. Louis and beyond
  • More than 200 parks in the city of St. Louis city and the surrounding counties

St. Louis area attractions

Visitors and residents find plenty to enjoy, with a wide array of dining, music, cultural events, and outdoor and sporting activities.

  • Forest Park, one of the nation’s largest urban parks (500 acres larger than Central Park) is literally across the street from Washington University
  • 120 miles of paved bikeways
  • St. Louis has more free major tourist attractions than any other city in the United States outside of Washington, DC
  • 140 stars on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in the University City Loop
  • Professional sports include 11-time World Series Champion Cardinals baseball, Stanley Cup-winning Blues hockey and Major League Soccer expansion team St. Louis City SC
  • Dozens of museums and music, dance, and theater companies

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