New residents and even visitors come to the St. Louis Metro Area and the communities located within it because of the amenities and public services that are located here. The St. Louis Metro area is known for its many wonderful amenities, as well as the public services, such as the good highway and mass transit systems, the many wonderful parks, excellent schools, the large number of public libraries and even the convenience of the local post offices.
The highway systems and roadways in the St. Louis Metro Area make it very easy to get around town. There are a few pockets of congestion during each morning and evening commute, but overall, the ride to and from work is fairly easy. St. Louis also has a mass transit system, Metro Transit, which includes MetroBus and MetroLink . MetroBus has routes throughout St. Louis City and County and in the near Metro east. MetroLink has two light rail lines, one, the Red Line, that extends from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in North St. Louis County all the way to Scott Air Force Base in Shiloh Illinois. The other line, the Blue Line, runs from Shrewsbury in South St. Louis County all the way to Fairview Heights Illinois. Both lines run through Clayton, the St. Louis County seat, and through downtown St. Louis City.
Leisure time can be spent at one of the hundreds of parks that dot the Metro St. Louis area. The crown jewel of the region would be, without a doubt, Forest Park in the City of St. Louis. Visitors to Forest Park can enjoy a picnic in the 1,293 acres of green space, or play a round of golf at the public Forest Park Golf Course, or visit the seals or the elephants in the St. Louis Zoo where admission is always free, or see the life-sized replica of Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" airplane at the Missouri History Museum, or enjoy art from around the world at the St. Louis Art Museum, or maybe explore space at the Planetarium or get "hands-on" with science or see a movie in the OMNIMAX Theater at the St. Louis Science Center. Forest Park is also home to the Muny, an outdoor amphitheater which hosts live theatrical performances during the summer. During the winter, the Steinberg Skating Rink, an outdoor ice-skating rink, is the fun place to be in Forest Park. Also, each of the counties and cities in the St. Louis Metro Area have their own system of parks. St. Louis County alone has over 40 parks sprinkled throughout the county. Parks provide many amenities for residents and visitors such as camping, fishing, boating, hiking and biking trails, athletic fields, playgrounds and picnic facilities. See our Parks page for a list of some of the parks located in the Metro area.
Education options in the St. Louis Metro Area are many and varied. Public school districts provide excellent free education for the many communities in the area. Some of the larger districts include the Parkway School District and Rockwood School District in West St. Louis County, the Francis Howell School District in St. Charles County and the St. Louis Public School District in the City of St. Louis. Many private school options are also available. The St. Louis Archdiocese Catholic School system is the largest school system in Missouri. In fact, St. Louis is said to have the highest concentration of Catholic high schools of anywhere in the United States. There are over 100 Catholic elementary schools, over 70 Catholic middle schools and 28 Catholic high schools in the Metro St. Louis area. Lutheran schools are found in the area with over 25 Lutheran elementary schools, 15 Lutheran middle schools and 4 Lutheran high school. There are also private independent schools with no religious affiliation, as well. Many secondary education options are located in the Metro area with 37 colleges or universities and 27 vocational schools to choose from. Washington University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis University and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville are just a few of the larger colleges found here. See our Schools page for more information.
Post Offices might not be considered important at first, at least not until you need one! The St. Louis area has conveniently placed local post offices in most, if not each of the communities in the Metro area. In years past, it was the Post Office that distinguished each community, with many of the communities actually building up around the post office! Check out our Post Office page for a list of the local post offices.
Libraries enrich and enhance a community. Most communities either have a branch of the local library system or they might have their own community library. St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis County Library are examples of large library systems that cover the whole county with multiple branches. The cities of Ferguson Missouri, East Alton Illinois, Kirkwood Missouri and Millstadt Illinois are examples of communities with their own libraries. See our Library page for the list of libraries located in the Metro area.