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Searching for a Job? Better Move to Wentzville

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Downtown Wentzville.
Sorry, St. Louis, but if you need a job, you're better off in St. Charles County or a western suburb.

NerdWallet published a list of the best Missouri cities for job hunters this week, and the numbers are clear: Go west, young man. (Or woman.)

NerdWallet, the financial number-crunching website headquartered in San Francisco, ranked 52 Missouri cities by population change, median household income, monthly homeowner costs and unemployment rates, according to the 2012 U.S. Census and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Welcome to Wentzville, job hunters.
Wentzville easily tops the list of cities with its low 3.9 percent unemployment rate. Plus, General Motors recently invested $133 million in the city to open a new plant and build two lines of Chevrolet cars, and government contractor is hiring hundreds to enroll people in government healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Judging Wentzville by its booming 33 percent population growth seems unfair to other Missouri cities, impressive as it may be. Like an Arab Emirate, Wentzville sprang up out of practically nothing in the last few decades after O'Fallon and Lake St. Louis saw a similar boom in the 1990s, so it has plenty of elbow room compared to older cities on the list.

"Wentzville is a pretty large city, and they have a lot of undeveloped land, so there's a lot of potential growth," Scott Tate, the president and CEO of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, tells Daily RFT. "Wentzville is where the major growth is happening now."

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Here's a map of the St. Louis suburbs that made the top ten:

Three other St. Charles County cities make it in the top twenty: O'Fallon (No. 5), St. Charles (No. 13) and St. Peters (No. 17).

"The growth has continued west," says Tate. "There are plenty of good opportunities here in St. Charles County right now. We've got it good."

St. Louis County had five cities in the top ten for job seekers: Wildwood (No. 4), Chesterfield (No. 6), Ballwin (No. 7), Kirkwood (No. 9) and Maryland Heights (No. 10).

Wildwood earned its spot by having the highest median household income in the top ten -- $120,507 in 2012.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Christine Brown-Grose
Christine Brown-Grose

I like wntvll just the way it is hope it doesn't get to big for it's britches

Matthew Laws
Matthew Laws

where you can learn to be a perfect american drone...

Michelle Accardi
Michelle Accardi

What else is new? St. Louis has been losing jobs last 15 yrs or so.

Cat Blade
Cat Blade

It's both. North city is a shithole, neglected on every end. They don't even have public utilities - like street lights - at their disposal. Banks sit on the empty buildings and houses, letting them turn to shit. Beyond that, wild dog packs roam free, no city officials address this either. The people born into the area have nothing to work with, no privileges, no real life/social skills that privileged white folks take for granted. Not even decent education, because no local tax money goes into the local school district. Resources wane, accreditation is lost, and you have a third world niche on your hands. But some people don't take all that into account. It hurts their brains too much for them to break it down and think about it. They just segregate their businesses away from "that black neighborhood" and victim-blame the people born into poverty, abuse, violence, and drugs. "Get yourself out! Get a job!" Callously easy words to live by for people who know how to read and write - people with a good education, maybe even private schooling, people who aren't living around (born into a world of) gunfire, rape, and zero money.

CatBlade
CatBlade

Wentzville - where there's a church on every corner and "exotic" food is found on the Olive Garden menu. On the weekends you can have a jolly good time hitting up the Crumbly Burger in Troy. 

Kevin Kreitner
Kevin Kreitner

Great example of correlation not implying causation. They likely don't have jobs BECAUSE they live in Wentzville, but because they live in Wentzville and have a job somewhere else in the metro. Makes no sense to compare unemployment across towns in the same metro.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

or maybe... maybe they don't want to locate their business in the sh@thole of north st. louis?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

pretty sure they are fine with you not being their town.

Scott Plackemeier
Scott Plackemeier

Yeah and 5 yrs. ago it was O'Fallon, before that St. Peters, St. Charles, Florissant, etc. Don't get used to it Wentzville. Next flavor of the half decade will be Troy or Warrenton. Maybe someday we'll realize the folly of this sprawl.

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

Gotta love Methopotamia!


Tyrone
Tyrone

In the bellcurve STL hoods' you are never a "drone", you are a crash test dummy.

Tyrone
Tyrone

The answer to that question is in the demographic of "unmentionables".

Pretend you don't know the obvious.

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