9) Grantwood Village
This village, with a population of under 900 people, may be small but it holds a several significant sites. The Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, also known as White Haven, is located here. It was the childhood home of Grant’s wife and the couple lived in the house off and on during the 1950s. The home is now a museum commemorating the life and career of former-President Grant. A log cabin built by Ulysses, known as Grant’s Farm, is another historical site that Grantwood lays claim to. Prominent people have continued to cultivate this village with August Anheuser-Busch Sr. eventually purchasing the farm. It’s now a tourist attraction with many animals such as buffalos, elephants, kangaroos, and the iconic Budweiser Clydesdale horses. Residents here enjoy a high-quality of life with local restaurants and the 8-mile long paved Grant’s Trail running through town. The median household income is around $92,000.
Holding the largest population of people at roughly 16,000, Clayton is the county seat of St. Louis County sitting on the cusp of the big city itself. This city’s setup is a far cry from the smaller communities on this list. Clayton is known for its business district with multiple skyscrapers and bustling downtown full of galleries, boutiques, and fine restaurants. Clayton houses many wealthy and educated young professionals. The median age here is 29 – roughly 20 years younger than all the above-mentioned locations. The demographics in Clayton are also the most diverse in terms of race and family composition. The median household income is roughly $88,000. Founded in 1877, Clayton is now well developed, housing the headquarters of big-name companies such as Famous Footwear and Enterprise Rent-a-Car. It also claims part of Washington University in addition to its own Fontbonne University.