May 2, 2017
Sometimes greatness is closer to home than you think and of the 100 best places to live in the United States, a tenth of them turn out to be right here.
That’s the conclusion of Niche, a website which ranks towns nationwide based on factors like schools and neighborhood quality.
The results, reported on stlouisrealestatenews.com, scored big wins for the central corridor of St. Louis County. Clayton and Creve Coeur had the strongest finishes with both making the top 20 while Richmond Heights clocked in at No. 26. Wildwood and Glendale came in on the far edge of the top 50 while Brentwood and Olivette hit numbers 55 and 57 respectively.
The Wildwood citation wasn’t the only love shown to West County. Chesterfield popped up at No. 73.
Webster Groves ranked 80th. The final hometown entry was Des Peres at No. 92.
The list is compiled based on an index of 14 dynamics including everything from jobs, crime and nightlife to diversity and public schools. Even weather is taken into account. The single biggest factors are educational attainment, cost of living and the municipality’s grade of housing.
Topping this year’s list nationally was Carmel, Ind., with two Pennsylvania towns – Chesterbrook and Houserville – rounding out the top three. Los Alamos, N.M. ranked eighth and Ann Arbor, Mich., finished the top ten.