St. Louis Is Among the Nation's Best Cities for Recreation, Study Finds

Photo by Jason Stoff
Midwest Mayhem at the City Museum -- proof we know how to do recreation in St. Louis.

When it comes to recreation, St. Louis is among the top ten cities in the nation, a new study has concluded.

In fact, we came in at No. 8 -- well ahead of Las Vegas, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

How? Well, the study, by WalletHub, surveyed factors like a city's number of basketball hoops, the cost of its movie tickets and its number of coffee houses. It also factored in one area where St. Louis totally kicks ass: our number of music venues per 100,000 residents.

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25 Sentences St. Louisans Have Never Said

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National Parks Service
"Wait, which arch?" said no St. Louisan, ever.
Sometimes it's hard to explain to St. Louis to a non-St. Louisan. Outsiders struggle to understand why we're naturally drawn to A-B products, why we have fond memories of 1904, why our favorite pizza looks more like pizza-flavored nachos and why we're so curious about where everyone went to high school.

So rather than explain what St. Louis is, Daily RFT thought we'd take a stab at explaining what St. Louis isn't.

See also: 13 Words That Have A Different Meaning in St. Louis

Here are 25 sentences we're pretty sure no one in St. Louis has ever said, ever:

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St. Louis Ranked 4th Most Creative City in U.S.

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Bryan Sutter
St. Louis ranked No. 9 for the percentage of the working population in arts, entertainment and recreation.
St. Louis' love for music and abundance of art-supply stores earned the city a No. 4 ranking on a list of the most creative cities in America.

San Francisco tops the list of most creative cities, published by the rankings-happy real estate blog Movoto. St. Louis ranks between No. 2 Orlando and Portland (tied) and No. 5 Atlanta.

"Given that this Missouri city has such a strong tie to music (come on, even its hockey team is called The Blues) it makes total sense that the locals would embrace creativity," according to Movoto. "There were a ton of music instructors and stores, the third most art supply stores, and even the 11th most performing arts."

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Cry-Over City: The 17 Best Places to Cry in St. Louis

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Orin Zebest via Flickr
She's crying because her friends keep calling it Panera instead of St. Louis Bread Company.
Whether you're sniffling or sobbing, blubbering or bawling, everyone needs a good cry in public sometimes. Break-ups, student loans, layoffs, the death of a pet -- any of these can throw us into a full-blown crying jag.

So when the tears threaten to take over, don't run to your car and hide. Embrace your emotions and weep your way to one of these spots.

Here are Daily RFT's picks for top places to cry in St. Louis:

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13 Words That Have A Different Meaning in St. Louis

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Sometimes it feels like St. Louis has its own language.

Sure, the words may be the same as English words, but the meanings are totally different. You'll see what we mean after reading a few of our favorite words with a unique St. Louis meaning:

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16 Badass Women Who Made St. Louis A More Interesting Place in 2014

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Miranda Duschack & Mimo Davis, badass ladies No. 3 & 4.
As 2014 winds down, Daily RFT thought we'd take a look back at some of the strong, artistic, dedicated, daring and inspiring women who didn't waste this year taking any shit.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of female badassery. Rather, consider this list a highlight reel of our favorite lady-power moments of the year.

In no particular order, meet fifteen badass ladies who ruled the news this year:

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The 10 Most Read Riverfront Times News Stories of 2014

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Mitch Ryals
This Riverfront Times photo went viral when someone edited it to say "robs a store" instead of "leaves the house."
What a year.

As 2014 comes to a close, Daily RFT thought we'd take our readers on a tour of the year's biggest stories -- the good, the bad and the blackface. It's been a good year if you like to read about racism and a bad year if you wanted to wear a sleeveless shirt to Ballpark Village.

Here, in reverse order, are the ten most read stories on the Riverfront Times news blog, Daily RFT, for 2014:

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St. Louis Comes Last on List of Happiest Cities in Missouri

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Danny Wicentowski
Washington University student protesters march against police brutality in University City.
There's a lot to love about living in St. Louis, especially when the toasted raviolis are hot, the craft-brewed beer is cold and the dogs are dressed in Halloween costumes for pet parades.

Here at Daily RFT, that's typically all we need in life to put a smile on our faces. But the truth is the problems facing River City lately have been too staggering for our city to describe itself as "happy."

Since August 9, the day Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, St. Louis has become the epicenter for protest in the fight against police brutality and racism. Now the city waits for a grand jury to announce whether Wilson will go free -- potentially setting off more violent unrest -- or charge him with a crime.

The pursuit of happiness in St. Louis and across Missouri was the subject of one of the latest Show-Me State studies from real estate blog Movoto, which uses data from the census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Centers for Disease Control to produce semi-scientific reports.

Movoto's latest study says that while eight St. Louis suburbs (and two Kansas City suburbs) are the happiest places in Missouri, St. Louis comes in noticeably last.

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Stray Rescue Named One of America's "Most Amazing" Stray Dog Shelters

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Danny Wicentowski
Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim, center, shares updates on St. Louis' problems with cruelty to animals next to Mayor Francis Slay.
One of St. Louis' most beloved and passionate non-profit organizations got a national shoutout last week for being amazing.

One Green Planet, a site dedicated to protecting animals and the environment, named Stray Rescue of St. Louis as one of the five most amazing rescues working in the U.S.

"This tireless rescue group saves stray dogs left on county roads or city streets, abandoned in empty houses or public parks, chained to fences or behind buildings," writes Hannah Sentenac. "They've saved puppies living in decrepit houses, dogs with gunshot wounds, victims of fighting rings and so many more."

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Scottrade Center: St. Louis Is Better for Watching Hockey than Chicago, New York, LA

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Herkie on Flickr
Scottrade Center: The sixth best place to watch Hockey in the U.S., says Stadium Journey Magazine.
Die-hard fans, an exciting atmosphere and relatively cheap snacks and tickets make Scottrade Center the sixth best hockey stadium in the country, says Stadium Journey Magazine.

The magazine ranked the home of the St. Louis Blues at No. 6 between the New York Rangers' Madison Square Garden (No. 7) and the Philadelphia Flyers' Wells Fargo Center (No. 5). Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, topped the chart at No. 1. United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks, is No. 9.

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