St. Louis | World’s Best Cities

St. Louis

America’s gateway to the west has always been an understated city of sights and landmarks (ranking #13 among America’s largest cities for Neighborhoods) and cultural elegance. It performs well (#20) for Nightlife action in bars and clubs, and ranks #23 for Culture, our measure of concerts, shows and major cultural events (not surprisingly, Miles Davis is a native son.) There’s often a correlation in the rankings between good nightlife and prosperity, and St. Louis is no exception—it’s #15 for Fortune 500 Companies and #32 for Household Income. But humankind can’t live by nightlife alone, especially if children are involved, so there’s always the zoo, and there must be a visit to the mind-blowing (for any age) City Museum. Not surprisingly, the city ranks #16 in our Museums subcategory.