Survey Sayz ... St. Louisans Think "Grass is Greener Somewhere Else"
|Pew Research Center|
|Percentage of residents who say they want to live in this city or its surrounding metro area.|
The Pew Research Center study released last week finds that 82 percent of St. Louisans think the "grass is greener somewhere else." Denver ranks best in the study, with 43 percent of its residents preferring to live nowhere else but the Rocky Mountain city.
Unlike other surveys that invariably rank St. Louis last (or first if we're talking murders and venereal diseases), the Gateway City actually finishes above towns like Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Cleveland -- and Detroit, where only 8 percent of the residents are happy where they are.
Local news reacted to the study with man-on-the-street stories. One in particular, KMOV, used the jewel of downtown, Washington Avenue, as its setting. Biased? Thinly veiled boosterism? Naaaaaah.
KMOV's Matt Sczesny admittedly was skeptical about study. I'm guessing to support his skepticism, he apparently went to where the young, affluent St. Louisans reside -- Washington Avenue. Try going to North St. Louis or South or West. I think one might find more honest answers there.