St. Louis is the 18th largest metropolitan area in the United States with more than 2.6 million people living in the Greater St. Louis region, which includes 12 counties covering 6,375 square miles in Missouri and Illinois.
Greater St. Louis boasts the sixth lowest cost of living among metropolitan areas. The region offers 115 public school districts located in its close-knit, friendly communities, and over 300 of the finest private primary and secondary schools in the nation.
St. Louis is home to 19 Fortune 1000 companies and ranks seventh in the United States as headquarters for Fortune 500 companies. Area companies of note include Anheuser-Busch, Emerson, May Department Stores, Monsanto, Boeing and Graybar Electric. These companies are valuable resources for Maryville and offer many career opportunities for students after graduation.
Five state parks and hundreds of neighborhood parks make St. Louis one of the greenest regions in the nation. Forest Park, site of the 1904 World’s Fair, is larger than New York’s Central Park. In addition to roller-blading, biking and jogging on the trails throughout the park, many free-to-the-public attractions, such as the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center and the Missouri History Museum are located in the park. A 12,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, the Muny, is another favorite Forest Park destination.
St. Louis has it all from A (the Arch) to Z (the St. Louis Zoo) including culture, entertainment and dining opportunities of all types. Theater-goers will fall in love with the Fabulous Fox, which features a Broadway series of shows every year. Connoisseurs of fine dining will savor the authentic Italian cuisine on The Hill. And no matter what the season, sports fans are set. St. Louis has three professional sports teams to cheer for: Cardinals baseball, Rams football and Blues hockey.