St. Louis’ Rich Background
St. Louis – with the infamous Gateway Arch -- is a port city in the State of Missouri, along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which forms Missouri's border with Illinois. The St. Louis metropolitan area includes the city as well as nearby areas in Missouri and Illinois, and is the largest in Missouri. Founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau the city is named after Louis IX of France. After the United States acquired this territory in the Louisiana Purchase, St. Louis developed as a major port on the Mississippi River. In 1904, it hosted the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the Summer Olympics. Growth has continued and immigration increased, and the city is the center of the largest Bosnian population in the world outside their homeland. The climate in St. Louis is a humid, continental climate with cool to cold winters and long, hot summers.
There are many opportunities for those moving to St. Louis for work. The economy of St. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, trade, transportation of goods, and tourism. The city is home to several major corporations including Express Scripts, Peabody Energy, Ameren, Ralcorp, Monsanto and Sigma-Aldrich, as well as a large medical and research community.
St. Louis has two professional sports teams: the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball, and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.
You will never be bored following your move to St. Louis. You’ll love the city, commonly identified and recognized by the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis. It is also recognized by its vibrant culture and epicurean highlights. Try a steamboat tour, a downtown walking tour, or visit one of the many museums that document and share the area’s rich history from early explorers, through the slave trade-era, and into today’s busy hi tech and hi finance atmosphere.