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September 21, 2017



Calling it “an ideal place to start a family,” Money Magazine has ranked the City of St. Peters No. 15 in its Top 100 Best Places to Live in America for 2017. The publication announced the Top 100 list this week, giving St. Peters its highest ranking ever in its fourth time on the list. St. Peters was Money Magazine’s highest-rated community from Missouri for 2017.


The publication previously ranked St. Peters among its Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2008, 2010 and 2012.


“We have so much to celebrate in St. Peters and so many reasons to be proud to call St. Peters ‘My Hometown.’ And, it’s really wonderful when you hear that a respected national publication like Money Magazine has crunched the numbers and visited our community to see that we truly are one of the best places you could live,” said Mayor Len Pagano.


Recent reports support the findings that St. Peters, population 56,000, is a great place to live—as well as a great place to open a business. St. Peters sold the most homes in the St. Louis area in 2016 (1,317 homes) at the fourth-fastest rate (43 median days on the market), according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Earlier this year, Wallethub ranked St. Peters the nation’s 28th best small city to start a business. In 2017, more than 2 million square feet of commercial space is slated to open in the City of St. Peters, including large projects at Premier 370 Business Park and the 270,000-square-foot Shoppes of Mid Rivers retail development at I-70 and Mid Rivers Mall Drive. These new developments will provide more jobs for the people living in St. Peters and neighboring communities. The Shoppes of Mid Rivers, where stores are expected to open soon, will account for 1,200 new jobs when combining construction and ongoing full- and part-time retail positions, according to development group GBT Realty.


Money Magazine says on its website that its search for the Top 100 Places to Live in America considered 2,400 places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000 that met thresholds for crime risk, median household income and ethnic diversity. The magazine then narrowed the list by collecting 170,000 different data points concerning each place’s economic health, cost of living, public education, crime, ease of living and amenities. Finally, reporters for the publication “researched each spot, interviewing residents, checking out neighborhoods and searching for the kinds of tangible factors that aren’t revealed by statistics.” Click here to learn more about this process.


“St. Peters is an ideal place to start a family in the greater St. Louis area—it’s just 25 miles from downtown (commutes average 25 minutes), and the cost of housing is very affordable, with median home prices clocking in at $208,666,” Money Magazine said.


The publication touted St. Peters’ schools and our community’s cultural opportunities, from the programs at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre to the Celebrate St. Peters festival at 370 Lakeside Park to the 1,200-plus acres of parkland and wonderful community amenities, including the 236,000-square-foot St. Peters Rec-Plex fitness and recreation center that hosted the 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.


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