St. Louis suburbs are taking the top spots in Niche’s new rankings of the “2023 Best Places to Live in Missouri.” The ranking and review site analyzed public data, reviews, and surveys to help families find the best places to live, collecting data from sources such as the Census and FBI. The first 23 cities recognized in the rankings are all St. Louis suburbs, with Clayton topping the list as the best place to live in Missouri.

Clayton, a suburb located just a short drive away from the city, received an “A+” grade for public schools, health and fitness, commuting, and family upbringing. The community of over 16,000 residents also received an “A” grade for jobs and an “A-” grade for diversity and outdoor activities. Crime and safety were also major considerations in the rankings, with seven of the top 10 St. Louis suburbs recognized scoring a “B-” grade or better in that category.

The following St. Louis suburbs round out the top 10:

Niche also ranked cities in all other U.S. states, with Bannockburn, a small north Chicago suburb, named the best place to live in Illinois. Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, was named the best place to live in the country.

The Niche rankings provide families with a valuable resource to find the best places to live in Missouri, and the top rankings of St. Louis suburbs demonstrate the region’s commitment to providing top-notch public schools, health and fitness resources, and family-friendly communities. If you’re considering a move to Missouri, these rankings provide an excellent starting point for your research.


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