Over the last decade, the rise of the cost of living in large metro areas such as New York City and Chicago has led many college educated millennials to relocate to smaller cities with similar job opportunities and prospects for growth. According to data provided by the U.S. Census in the 2015 American Community Survey, nearly 13% of the residents of the city of St. Louis under the age of 35 have a college education, which is the 4th largest increase for this demographic in a large American city!
Competition for Housing is Increasing in St. Louis
Great job prospects for skilled workers and a lower cost of living as compared to other, larger metro areas are not the only reasons why young, educated professionals are choosing to flock to St.Louis. The city’s real estate and housing market is also growing. While affordable housing is one of the main attractions of the city, increased competition, along with a busy lifestyle, can make it hard for millennials to have the time to find just the right property at a price range that fits their budget.
St. Louis Real Estate, LLC, is making it easier for house hunters to be able to quickly locate their next home, while also assisting homeowners to be able to easily sell their properties, and this is one of the reasons why we buy houses, St. Louis!
St. Louis is Family-Friendly and Fun
St. Louis isn’t just known for its lower cost of living, and affordable housing. There are a number of places to go with kids in St. Louis that make the city an attractive location for young families and couples. Top choices that are great for all ages include checking out the city’s number one landmark, the famous Arch, visiting the St. Louis Zoo, shopping at The St. Louis Outlet Mall, and watching a major league baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals’ play a game on their home field, Busch Stadium.
St. Louis is the Home of Ragtime and the Blues
In addition to family-friendly opportunities for fun and excitement, St. Louis is known for its culture and entertainment. In particular, St. Louis is the city that is often credited with the founding and development of a number musical genres, especially ragtime and the blues.
Many early pioneers of these types of music were drawn to the city, with Scott Joplin, the king of ragtime, moving there in 1901, and writing The Cascades for the World’s Fair held in St. Louis in 1904. What is perhaps the most famous blues song of all time, The St. Louis Blues, was written by long time St. Louis resident, the “father of the blues,” W. C. Handy.
These songs, and the culture that led to their creation, continue to inspire others as they are played today, over a century later. The National Blues Museum as well as clubs, pubs and bars such as Beale on Broadway, BBs Jazz Blues and Soups, and the Broadway Oyster Bar are keeping the tradition of blues, ragtime and jazz alive and well in St. Louis.
You Haven’t Truly Eaten Until You’ve Dined in St. Louis
St. Louis is also known for its hearty cuisine, such as butter cake, and beer, but especially its world famous ribs! While many pork barbecues feature cuts from the upper rib cage, which are better known as baby-back ribs, St. Louis ribs are made from a meatier cut, known as the spareribs.
These ribs are created by cutting away the belly from the breastbone to produce a flatter, meatier rib slab that’s a perfect rectangle. The shape makes the slab easier to coat with spice rubs, and it browns well. Once the spice is applied, the ribs are grilled and then are usually served heavily sauced to create tender, flavorful ribs.
Bogart’s Smokehouse, Pappy’s, Smoki O’s Bar-B-Que, Mom Mae’s BBQ & Fish and The Shaved Duck are just a few of the dozens of restaurants in the St. Louis area where you can enjoy great ribs, traditional sides such as potato salad and coleslaw, as well as a few tasty twists on recipes for classic barbecue dishes.
During the expansion of the country, so many settlers traveled through the city that St. Louis became known as the “gateway to the West.” Now, with a low cost of living, growing job opportunities, affordable housing, incredible culture and so many exciting things to see and do, St. Louis is becoming a “gateway to greatness” because it’s a great place for individuals of all ages to call home!