St. Louis gets a bad wrap. It’s known as one of the Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. But ask any long-time St. Louis resident and you will hear otherwise. This moniker is undeserved and has more to do with the way the stats are tallied rather than the crime statistics themselves.
Check out this short clip The Truth About Crime in St. Louis produced by St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation in partnership with the Convention and Visitor Center, RCGA and Partnership for Downtown St. Louis.
Highlight: Crime is down 46% since 2006 in St Louis City
Favorite Quote: “It is an unfair and wholly inaccurate portrait of crime in my community.” from national criminologist Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, University of Missouri-St. Louis as he discusses how crime is reported.
As an example of unbalanced reporting of crime stats, the video compares St. Louis and Memphis. St Louis City is 63 square miles and only includes 11% of metropolitan population compared to Memphis which is 315 square miles and includes 60% of metropolitan population.
If you are preparing to move to St. Louis (or even just a visit), don’t be fooled by the sensational headlines. With more in-depth research you will find that St. Louis is a great place to live, work and play.
St. Louis has a vibrant neighborhood scene, some of the best parks in the country, a thriving arts district and many many culinary options. The cost of living is low compared to other parts of the country and St Louis is home to 9 Fortune 500 Companies and 19 Fortune 1000 Companies.
Here are some resources to help you dig into the real St. Louis