Relocating to St. Louis

St Louis cityscape

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New to St. Louis? Welcome! Soon enough you'll learn why St. Louis is considered one of the nation's most "livable" cities, but right now you're probably just anxious to get settled.

We'll try to make your move easier by providing some tools and information to help you find a job, find a home, get established, and ultimately find the things in town that make living here very enjoyable.

Find a Job

National talk of hot job markets rarely includes St. Louis. It's not Raleigh Durham's "Golden Triangle" or a boomtown for job growth like Las Vegas. But that's just because St. Louis is a modest Midwestern town that doesn't like to brag. According to Forbes, St. Louis is actually one of the best cities for young professionals.

Find a Home

The St. Louis area has very distinct regions and neighborhoods, spread out over more than six counties. Many locals will have definitive opinions about where you should live. In fact, St. Louis is infamous for not only categorizing people based on what part of town they call home but also by where they went to high school. Regardless, finding the right area for you isn't that difficult, once you know a little about the St. Louis region.

Get Connected

One of the most stressful parts of any move or relocation is hooking up all the utilities, or even just knowing who to call. Here are the main utilities that serve the St. Louis area:

  • Gas: Laclede Gas Company
  • Electric: Ameren Missouri
  • Water (St. Louis City): City of St. Louis Water Division
  • Water (St. Louis County): Missouri American Water Company
  • Local Telephone: AT&T
  • Trash & Recycling (St. Louis City): City of St. Louis Department of Streets
  • Satellite: DIRECTV
  • Cable/Internet: Charter Communications

Drivers Licenses and Car Registration

If you're moving to St. Louis from out-of-state, you'll need to get a new driver's license and new license plates for your car. If you're planning on living on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River, you'll need to to get a Missouri drivers license and register your car. If you'll be living on the Illinois side of the river, you'll need to get an Illinois drivers license and register your car.

Explore the City

Once you’re settled in, you’ll want to explore the city and have some fun. Start with the city’s top attractions including the zoo and botanical garden. There’s more to see in town than just the Gateway Arch.