We know St. Louis has awesome attractions and delicious food, but several studies and rankings have put it in writing this year.
ST. LOUIS – If you’re from St. Louis, you probably agree with Nelly, you’re pretty proud of the place. But we don’t have to tell you, we can show you with just some of the accolades The Lou received in 2021.
From high marks for being one of the best foodie towns to serious recognition from the Saint-Louis Zoo, the people of Saint-Louis know they are part of something special.
5. St. Louis drivers named 2nd best in the country
Anyone who has driven during rush hour in St. Louis, or tried to quit a Cardinals game might not agree with that ranking, but a study released this year says it’s true.
The study was carried out by analysts at QuoteWizzard, a lending tree company that helps users compare quotes and auto insurance companies. They used four key metrics to determine the overall quality of drivers.
- Quotes (turn on a red light, use a cell phone while driving, etc.)
St. Louis was in fact almost the best city for drivers. He narrowly missed the first place that was claimed by Birmingham, Alabama. To view more study results, click here.
4. WalletHub recognizes St. Louis for food, fun and accessibility
In 2021, WalletHub, a personal finance website, gave St. Louis high marks in several studies.
St. Louis was named third best city for people with disabilities, scoring points for the lowest cost of doctor visits, the highest percentage of the population with access to a pedestrian park, and most family physicians per inhabitant. To see the full breakdown, click here.
It’s also not a shock that Saint-Louis has been ranked among the “Best Food Towns in America” according to WalletHub. The town known for its toasted ravs, gooey butter cake and Imo pizza placed 16th overall. We performed well in three categories: restaurants per capita, most gourmet specialty food stores per capita, and affordability and accessibility of top-rated restaurants. Here is the full list.
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Finally, Saint-Louis was named one of the top 20 “funniest cities in America”. We obtained 20th place thanks to the accessibility of our bars, restaurants per capita and festivals per capita.
3. Forest Park named 2nd best urban park in the United States
With attractions like the St. Louis Zoo, the Muny, and the Saint Louis Science Center, it’s easy to see why Forest Park ranked second for the best park in town in USA Today 2021 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards .
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Its widely used outdoor recreation like skating, jogging, boating and soccer fields also made it a favorite among the panel. And this is not the first time that the park has won this honor, in 2016 Forest Park won the first place.
2. Children’s museums get high marks
St. Louis has marked not one, but two places for our children’s museums. The Magic House and The City Museum were ranked in USA Today’s top 5 of the 10 best children’s museums.
The Magic House took second place, with USA Today saying it helps visiting children “explore their curiosity, enhance their creativity and develop their problem-solving skills.” The City Museum came in fifth, being billed as having a bit of everything, including “the world’s largest jungle gym, a 10-story spiral slide, and a rooftop garden with stunning city views.” .
1. Saint-Louis Zoo, one of the best in the United States
Tell us something we don’t know. It’s no secret that St. Louis has one of the best zoos (it’s free too!), But someone went to put it in writing. Travel + Leisure named our zoo in their ranking “9 of the best zoos in the United States”.
But it’s not just on the list because of the food or fun you see initially, the zoos on the list are also “doing their part to fund and kick-start animal conservation efforts.” The article explains how the Saint-Louis Zoo “is recognized around the world for its innovative approach to animal care and wildlife conservation.”
The St. Louis Zoo has joined a group selected for this ranking which includes the Smithsonian National Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Omaha, Columbus, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.