A unique blend of mid-western values and southern hospitality, Missouri is a state that often stays out of the spotlight. However, there is plenty of unheard-of wealth in the “Show-Me” State. St. Louis County in particular is home to some very affluent and prominent neighborhoods. Many Missourians working in St. Louis prefer to live (if they can afford it) in the quiet, peaceful, and well-to-do suburban neighborhoods of the state’s second largest city. And why not? With the amenities and excitement of St. Louis just minutes away, living in one of these 10 wealthy neighborhoods certainly makes sense. Read on to see where St. Louis’s wealthy are shacking up. (Statistics on population and median household income are cited from the U.S. Census Bureau.
This 334-person neighborhood was once a 650-acre farm in the 1700s. Huntleigh has expanded only by 100 acres in the last few centuries, creating a 1 square mile exclusive community reserved for the most elite people in St. Louis County. In the 1920s, the beer brewing tycoon and president of Anheuser-Busch lived here and helped founded the community’s fox hunting club. Members of this family still live in Huntleigh today. With clout like this, it’s no surprise the median household income is one of the highest in the state at over $200,000. The community itself is strictly residential and has no commercial or industrial use. Huntleigh is just 15 miles away from the big city of St. Louis, allowing residents to enjoy their privacy without sacrificing the amenities of one of the state’s biggest metropolis. Residents here are typically employed in the health or business finance fields.
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2) Country Life Acres
Just a few short miles west of Huntleigh is an even smaller neighborhood of roughly 100 people. Country Life Acres is classified as a village and takes up just 0.11 square mile of space. The majority of folks living here are married couples and nearly a quarter of the population have children living at home who are under 18. The median household income was just under $200,000 in the 2000 census. The majority of residents work in real estate or the sales and management sectors. Homes have sprawling grounds and spacious interiors, often costing well over 1 million dollars. Folks living here can afford it and then some – most households even have three cars. Lastly, residents feel safe and secure as it has one of the lowest crime rates of all the neighborhoods in St. Louis County.