Where Are All the New Residents of St. Louis Moving From?

Did you know St. Louis is home to not just an entire museum dedicated to miniatures but also one made entirely of reclaimed and recycled materials?

Indeed, St. Louisans can visit the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis and the City Museum anytime they like. They can also stop by the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, whose exhibits are dedicated to the history of dogs in art.

And, despite being home to nearly three million people, the area isn’t overly crowded. In fact, the metro area’s population has remained roughly flat, going from 2,808,330 to 2,807,002 residents between July 2015 and July 2016, a 0.05 percent decline, according to the latest census data.

During that time, the population of the city of St. Louis also declined and at a slightly faster rate. It went from 200,222 to 199,980, a 0.12 percent decrease. (Unlike most places in the U.S., St. Louis is not part of any county, not even St. Louis County. Still, the census collects data on it.)

However, if we look at more than just one year, we see that St. Louis attracted 27,194 domestic movers from 2011 to 2015, according to another census study that covers those years.

Where, you’re probably asking, are all those people moving from?

That same census study gives us a pretty good idea. Most of them (62 percent) moved from elsewhere within Missouri, including nearby St. Louis County. The balance (38 percent) came from elsewhere within the U.S., especially Illinois.

Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to the city of St. Louis:

Movers outside of Missouri:

  1. Cook County, IL (Chicago)
  2. St. Clair County, IL (just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis)
  3. Madison County, IL (also just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis)
  4. District of Columbia
  5. DuPage County, IL (west of Chicago)

Movers from Missouri:

  1. St. Louis County (separate from the city of St. Louis)
  2. St. Charles County
  3. Jefferson County
  4. Boone County
  5. Jackson County

Above are the top places inside Missouri that people moved to the city of St. Louis from over the five-year period 2011-2015. Numbers represent the number of movers from that place during the period.


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Elizabeth Whalen