Saint Louis County Real Estate Information
The most highly populated county in the state of Missouri, St. Louis County is home to a population of more than 995,000, according to estimates taken in 2007, with the larger St. Louis metro area accounting for almost 3 millions residents. The county seat is Clayton, and though the county borders the city of St. Louis, the two are interdependent from each other and have been since 1876, when the city of St. Louis seceded itself to become independent of the county. The median annual household income for residents of St. Louis County is just over $50,000. The county makes up an area of about 525 square miles, with 16 square miles being water.
The county originated as a district in 1812 when the area was split up into French colonies, and it was thus named after Saint Louis, King of France. Its northern border is formed by the Missouri River, and the southern border is followed mostly along theMeramec River. The Mississippi River and the city of St. Louis sit to the east of the county. The county is generally split into four areas by resident: mid, north, west and south. The north part is that which lies above Interstate 70; West is the part before hitting Interstate 270; South is below I-44; and the mid part is what lies in between the three.
St. Louis County is home to 13 companies of the Fortune 1000. It is home to the headquarters of such national companies as Scottrade, Edward Jones, Energizer Batteries, and Enterprise Rent A Car. The county's largest employer is Boeing, and other companies with large operations include Pfizer and Monsanto. The county accounts for nearly one quarter of all the jobs in the state, and about half of the jobs in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
The county has more than 20 school districts as well as countless prestigious private schools, both large and small. It is home to a number of higher education institutions, like the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Webster University-Webster Groves,Fontbonne University, Missouri Baptist University, Lindenwood University and parts of Washington University in St. Louis (the other parts are in the city). It is home to more than two dozen parks, including Jefferson Barracks,Laumeier Scultpure Park and McDonnell Park, the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site.
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