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New Study Lists 10 Suburbs to Move to Because St. Louis Has "Bad Reputation"

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St. Louis suburbs dominate this year's list of the top ten places to live in Missouri, but the study's authors couldn't help throwing St. Louis a jab over its violent crime and other "sinful" attributes.

Real estate website Movoto released the list Thursday, analyzing Missouri's cities based on seven criteria: cost of living, crime rate, high school diploma attainment, median household income, median home value, median rent price and unemployment rate.

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Glendale ranked No. 1 on Movoto's list.
Glendale -- the city so small and quaint it's more of a Webster Groves suburb than a St. Louis suburb -- tops the list with high scores in employment and high school diploma attainment. Living in Missouri's "best" city comes at a price: The cost of living is 32 points above the national average.

St. Louis appears to be nowhere near the top 50 cities in Missouri, according to Movoto, which named St. Louis as the No. 1 most sinful city in America -- beating out Las Vegas, even -- in June.

"While St. Louis may have acquired a bit of a bad reputation in recent years for a few reasons, it's worth repeating that all of these cities [in the top ten] are actually suburbs of it," Randy Nelson writes for Movoto. "They are the silver -- or in the case of Glendale, platinum -- lining, if you will."

See also: St. Louis No. 1 "Most Sinful" City In America, Report Says; RFT Chooses Top 7 Places To Sin

That "bad reputation" comes from St. Louis' sins, such as having more strip clubs (lust), violent crime (wrath), obese people (gluttony) and cosmetic surgeons (pride) per capita than other American cities.

(These top ten cities don't have such squeaky-clean records themselves. Remember that Town & Country millionaire murder last year? Or the Clayton parking garage bombing? Talk about envy and wrath!)

Here are Missouri's top ten cities to live in, all located just outside St. Louis, according to Movoto:

1. Glendale
2. Town & Country
3. Ladue
4. Wildwood
5. Chesterfield
6. Creve Coeur
7. Dardenne Prairie
8. Clayton
9. Ballwin
10. Manchester

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

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162 comments
Bill Roth
Bill Roth

U would have to bee crazy to live in st.louis.remember u only have one life

Quinn Travis
Quinn Travis

I live in the "suburbs" versus city because of the schools. Period. My kids are biracial, and still yet, do not want to go to completely urban schools, they want diversity. Its about balance. Too much of either has its down side if u ask me. I want to live in a peaceful community that I feel safe in. Their is nothing wrong with that.

Matthew Susick
Matthew Susick

Jesus, just stay south of Delmar and you'll be fine in St. Louis. Just be alert of your surroundings. I live in St. Charles but I still travel to St. Louis from time to time.

Katherine Law
Katherine Law

I moved from the county TO the city, and I LOVE it!

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

I live where I play. Tell me again about the interesting things to do in suburbs where you can't hardly get a drink after 9pm on a weekend?

Joshua Young
Joshua Young

WTFH? Saint Louis is just fine. Oh that's right! I help make Saint Louis's bad repuatation! Right!

John Null
John Null

For us millennials, I don't know anybody, and I literally mean ZERO people, who have any intentions of living in the suburbs. It's the City or nothing for us young folks. The sin is fun.

lakotagrem
lakotagrem

Also, every city you've listed is expensive.

lakotagrem
lakotagrem

I was jumped outside a theater near Winghaven subdivision (in Dardenne Prairie).

Kayleigh Vogelgesang
Kayleigh Vogelgesang

Oh so all the suburbs you had better pray you don't end up working retail in because all of the people are spoiled rotten brats and will make your life hell for no better reason than you wont bend over backwards to kiss their asses and give them all your stock for free? Oh and nevermind the fact that I used to work in Ballwin/Manchester: there are more thefts in the stores that corporate won't let you report and more damn meth heads stealing from the Walgreens than I've ever seen in my life? Yeah. 'Safe'. Sure.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

It appears you dont have much to live for.

Justice Rising
Justice Rising

naw, st. louis is crazy and i fit in just fine. therefore, st. louis does not have a bad reputation. lol

Chuck Averill
Chuck Averill

All these are areas where people with money live.

Bryon Ramos
Bryon Ramos

People get older, have kids, come to appreciate dullness as peace and quite. It's not necessarily about race but sometimes being in a community of like minded people. I have a wife and 4 kids. Makes more sense to live in St Peters. If it was me flying solo, I'm sure I'd be all for living downtown.

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

Stupid article. There are lots of people in every metro area that prefer the suburbs.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

I'd commit suicide before living in the suburbs again

John Anderson
John Anderson

Especially if you are talking about North or East St. Louis. I used to live in North St. Louis. My car was broken into twice. Crime is high in East St. Louis too. It is safer to live in South or West St. Louis.

Mark Jones
Mark Jones

And by "Bad Reputation" you mean "Not White Enough"...and by "Suburbs" you mean "Completely White". Nice to see someone benefiting from their journalism degree in "Rich White College Student 101"

PhilS
PhilS

What's with this medieval preoccupation with sin and what does it have to do with living location. I choose to live where I do for a multitude of reasons without consideration for sin. WTF!

Mercy Grace Howell
Mercy Grace Howell

Haha! I love living in the suburbs! I'm a Fenton girl all the way. :) (Course, where I live we have a movie theater, five restaurants, and eight stores just down the road and many more down the next road: downtown Fenton rocks)

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

Stupid article. Some people enjoy living in the city, while others prefer the suburbs.

Cindari Mackenslap
Cindari Mackenslap

Glendale is an awesome place!! Everyone is friendly. I've never lived there but did work there and I can assure you it really is one of the safest cities around!

John B Badd
John B Badd

I'm very glad they were able to pick good neighborhoods yet maintain ethnic diversity. (sarcasm)

Dennis Murphy
Dennis Murphy

No way in hell you can find me living any where on this list, everyone is stuck up and think they better than everyone else.

tammysw
tammysw

A correction is needed.  Dardenne Prairie is not a suburb of St. Louis but is located in the Southwest section of St. Charles County.  It is an excellent place to live.  However, as a Realtor, I have sold homes throughout St. Louis County and overall, St. Louis is a great place to live.  Sure, all cities have their bad pockets, but it is still one of the most affordable places to buy a home and you can't beat it's Midwest hospitality.  Just always be ready to answer the question "Where did you go to high school?" 

Megan Berlener
Megan Berlener

I liked Columbia, it wasn't too big, and I could reach everything by bike if I wanted to. I don't like the idea of living in a big city, but I don't mind visiting.

Rob Compton
Rob Compton

There, everyone's dying on the inside.

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

Downtown resident here, and proud of it. Anyone that clumps downtown in with North City and East Saint Louis has obviously never lived downtown. I would never trade this for any of the burbs on that list.

Austin Simion Hargraves
Austin Simion Hargraves

If I ever did consider moving out of the city, it definitely wouldn't be to any of these suburbs.

max_in_missouri
max_in_missouri

I don't know about the "den of sin" thing, but obviously it is nicer to live in a suburb than the chitty of St. Louis.

Molly Price
Molly Price

Love my city, love my neighborhood(s)

Bethany Hope Bollinger
Bethany Hope Bollinger

Not all of St.Louis is sinful to live in and not all are bad to live in ethier. South City where I live is a lot safer then North City that is more bad and sinful. And South County is really safe and not sinful to live in at all. So this guy who wrote this article does not know what he is talking about. Their is nothing wrong with living in South city or South County area they are safest to live in

Charles Brazeale
Charles Brazeale

I'll take the City and my walkable neighborhood any day....and especially on days like today!

jmachiejr
jmachiejr

Didn't you get the memo? According to a bunch of people on here you must be a racist and not want to be around non whites based on your decision to live outside the city :)

jmachiejr
jmachiejr

It's people like you that keep racism going. I am a white male and I have no college degree. Do you know why? Because I grew up poor and had no money. I moved out of my parents home when I was 17 and joined the Marine Corp. When I got out I worked for minimum wage while I taught myself a career. And now I'm doing very well financially. Yeah I'm white but no one gave me anything. I had to work for it. I know plenty of black friends of mine that are quite successful as well and they worked for what they have too. So quit crying with your bullshit "rich white college student" comments. Get off your ass and work your way to a financially successful career instead of blaming your troubles on others.

annlena49
annlena49

All plus or minus 300,000 people in these suburbs are stuck up. That's a dumb flat assertion. What's the matter? Jealous?

annlena49
annlena49

Me too and it's on that list!

bdhamilton9
bdhamilton9

I never got a clarification on the sinful nature of the city. If it is strip clubs they are not allowed in MO, gambling is all over the area. So, what is the specific sin that only happens in the city?

annlena49
annlena49

I live in a listed suburb and there are trails to take me to 2 major grocery stores, over a dozen restaurants, parks, banks, movie theater, doctors office , dentist, city hall, ice cream store, beauty shop, card shop, hardware store, kohls, 2 Walgreens, all less than a mile away.

jmachiejr
jmachiejr

@annlena49  I guess when you are lazy and sit on your ass and don't get anywhere in life it's easy to point the finger at some of us that did and cry about it :) Jealousy for sure.

poplockanddropit
poplockanddropit

@annlena49 I live the The City, not listed, and I can walk to 3 grocery stores, over a dozen restaurants that AREN'T fast food, but actually original top rated eating establishments, award winning parks, banks, doctors offices, dentists offices (ow are these different than doctor's offices...aren'te they usually located in the same building?), ice cream stores (the best in the region: Ted Drewes), beauty shop (?), card shop (?), hardwares store(s), defintiely NOT Kohl's (why...why would you want to walk there?) a Walgreen's, all less than a mile away. So. What's your point?

jmachiejr
jmachiejr

@poplockanddropit @annlena49  I'm pretty sure her point is that you don't have to live in the city to have amenities available to you. A little difficult for you to grasp, I know.

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