The 10 Best St. Louis Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 95 places around St. Louis to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best St. Louis suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of St. Louis are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around St. Louis for 2021:

  1. Glendale
  2. Warson Woods
  3. Des Peres
  4. Ladue
  5. Frontenac
  6. Brentwood
  7. Clayton
  8. Clarkson Valley
  9. Webster Groves
  10. Dardenne Prairie

What's the best suburb of St. Louis? Glendale ranks as the best suburb of St. Louis for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Glendale, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 St. Louis 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Missouri:

The 10 Best St. Louis Suburbs To Live For 2021

Glendale, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,891
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $140,184
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glendale is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the St. Louis area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Glendale."

Everyone here is rich; families average $140,184 a year, which is the 7th highest in the St. Louis region. And only 1.27% are out of work. Homes average more than $414,800 each.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,046
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $150,417
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Warson Woods: Real Estate | Data

Warson Woods is the second best 'burb we looked at near St. Louis for 2021.

It ranks 6th for incomes in the area and only 0.44% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Des Peres, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,619
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $150,800
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Des Peres: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Des Peres, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the St. Louis metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Des Peres.

Ladue, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,601
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $214,875
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Ladue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ladue ranks as the 4th best suburb of St. Louis for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Ladue and the schools are some of the best around.

Frontenac, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,513
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $217,768
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Frontenac: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Frontenac.

Frontenac gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the St. Louis area, where houses sell for an average of $694,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Brentwood, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,005
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $81,069
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brentwood is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 1.4% which is 5th best in the area.

According to online reports, Brentwood is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the St. Louis area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Clayton, MO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,588
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $107,596
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 8.3%
More on Clayton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Clayton.

Clayton schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 4.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,614
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $175,125
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.0%
More on Clarkson Valley: Real Estate | Data

Clarkson Valley is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 0.84% of people lack insurance, good for 3rd in the area.

Webster Groves, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 22,951
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $102,759
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Webster Groves: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Webster Groves?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,293
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $132,192
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Dardenne Prairie: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Dardenne Prairie.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around St. Louis for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around St. Louis was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of St. Louis.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 97 suburbs to evaluate around St. Louis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 97 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near St. Louis." We're lookin' at you, Glendale. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best St. Louis 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like St. Louis, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best St. Louis Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Glendale, MO 5,891 $140,184
2 Warson Woods, MO 2,046 $150,417
3 Des Peres, MO 8,619 $150,800
4 Ladue, MO 8,601 $214,875
5 Frontenac, MO 3,513 $217,768
6 Brentwood, MO 8,005 $81,069
7 Clayton, MO 16,588 $107,596
8 Clarkson Valley, MO 2,614 $175,125
9 Webster Groves, MO 22,951 $102,759
10 Dardenne Prairie, MO 13,293 $132,192
11 Chesterfield, MO 47,605 $113,315
12 Kirkwood, MO 27,708 $90,730
13 Wildwood, MO 35,459 $135,202
14 Town And Country, MO 11,077 $192,983
15 Richmond Heights, MO 8,500 $82,261
16 Ballwin, MO 30,252 $98,750
17 Eureka, MO 10,666 $111,058
18 Rock Hill, MO 4,634 $83,398
19 Creve Coeur, MO 18,538 $96,319
20 Weldon Spring, MO 5,531 $107,875
21 Olivette, MO 7,849 $86,250
22 Ellisville, MO 9,661 $79,563
23 Shrewsbury, MO 6,150 $59,313
24 Crestwood, MO 11,865 $84,714
25 O'fallon, MO 29,333 $90,349
26 Cottleville, MO 5,200 $108,036
27 Sunset Hills, MO 8,472 $106,094
28 O'fallon, MO 87,242 $90,025
29 Maryville, MO 7,953 $82,561
30 Troy, MO 10,336 $71,381
31 Fenton, MO 4,025 $96,679
32 Waterloo, MO 10,367 $67,682
33 Manchester, MO 18,110 $77,983
34 St. Peters, MO 57,273 $78,786
35 Shiloh, MO 13,482 $86,021
36 Smithton, MO 3,996 $78,073
37 Columbia, MO 10,752 $98,977
38 Glen Carbon, MO 12,569 $89,236
39 New Baden, MO 3,206 $77,218
40 Millstadt, MO 3,892 $74,375
41 St. Charles, MO 70,171 $68,486
42 Green Park, MO 2,631 $63,250
43 Maplewood, MO 8,051 $48,278
44 Freeburg, MO 4,361 $69,321
45 Lebanon, MO 4,418 $60,962
46 Edwardsville, MO 25,171 $77,411
47 Swansea, MO 13,851 $77,517
48 Godfrey, MO 17,579 $73,238
49 Mascoutah, MO 8,245 $78,468
50 Maryland Heights, MO 27,080 $66,686
51 Bethalto, MO 9,284 $63,200
52 New Athens, MO 2,147 $63,583
53 Byrnes Mill, MO 2,970 $69,583
54 Marlborough, MO 2,567 $44,046
55 Fairview Heights, MO 16,125 $64,495
56 Arnold, MO 21,146 $66,670
57 Brighton, MO 2,272 $63,906
58 Collinsville, MO 24,626 $53,490
59 Herculaneum, MO 4,025 $65,449
60 Florissant, MO 51,455 $54,978
61 Belleville, MO 41,585 $48,099
62 Valley Park, MO 6,799 $56,786
63 Hazelwood, MO 25,319 $54,573
64 St. John, MO 6,396 $53,916
65 Black Jack, MO 6,932 $58,029
66 Pevely, MO 5,893 $55,980
67 St. Ann, MO 12,744 $47,727
68 Overland, MO 15,715 $44,516
69 Woodson Terrace, MO 4,052 $58,272
70 Bridgeton, MO 11,606 $59,940
71 Northwoods, MO 4,121 $38,869
72 Dellwood, MO 5,013 $47,959
73 Ferguson, MO 20,738 $40,000
74 Wood River, MO 10,169 $46,860
75 Normandy, MO 4,883 $40,183
76 Caseyville, MO 4,179 $53,082
77 Pacific, MO 6,339 $49,142
78 East Alton, MO 6,061 $44,830
79 Breckenridge Hills, MO 4,616 $47,077
80 Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 10,517 $46,163
81 Alton, MO 26,640 $40,211
82 Jennings, MO 14,712 $33,425
83 Dupo, MO 3,938 $40,308
84 Pontoon Beach, MO 5,793 $53,341
85 Berkeley, MO 8,927 $33,185
86 Riverview, MO 2,863 $43,119
87 Moline Acres, MO 2,407 $31,426
88 Bel-Ridge, MO 2,703 $32,448
89 South Roxana, MO 2,073 $45,200
90 Cahokia, MO 14,162 $35,663
91 Pine Lawn, MO 3,579 $31,838
92 Pagedale, MO 3,306 $26,932
93 East St. Louis, MO 26,543 $24,343
94 Venice, MO 2,127 $27,981
95 Centreville, MO 4,999 $21,370
96 Washington Park, MO 3,941 $21,821
97 Madison, MO 3,338 $30,316

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.