Thursday, November 22, 2012 / 8:00 AM
As Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s customary to share the things that we’re thankful for. Family and friends are popular topics, but this year, we’re thinking about what makes us appreciate the city we call home. Just this Monday, a British expat argued in The Telegraph that St. Louis was one of the best cities in America, and for the following reasons, we tend to agree with him.
1. Accessible Culture
Want to see Monet’s waterlilies, learn about Missouri’s past, or visit one of the best zoos in the country? Go ahead. It’s free.
2. Nationally Renowned Medical Care
If you get sick or injured, St. Louis is one of the best cities in the country for medical care. Need proof? Read our “Take Care” feature from our annual Best Doctors issue to see why.
Thanks to its central location, St. Louis is a short flight away from any other city in America. And if you just want to get out of the city to relax in wide open spaces, it’s less than an hour’s drive away in all directions.
4. The Arch
St. Louis is home to one of the prettiest architectural symbols in the country. It welcomes us home every time we come back to the city, plus it’s a nice landmark for whenever we get lost downtown.
5. Cardinals Baseball
There’s pretty much no better place to live if you’re a baseball fan. The Cardinals have won more World Series than any other team except for the Yankees, and they don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
6. Seriously Good Beer
The history of brewing in St. Louis goes back about as far as you can get in the United States and has paved the way for tons of microbreweries that can please any palate.
7. An Impressive Foodie Scene
St. Louis is jam-packed with fantastic restaurant talent, both new and old. From Ted Drewes to Taste, it’s not hard to find a delicious dish.
8. Neighborhoods with Personality
St. Louis neighborhoods are anything but cookie-cutter. The Hill, Dogtown, Cherokee, The Loop, and many more all have distinct personalities that instill pride in their residents.
9. Distinct Seasons
Living in the middle of the country gives us the opportunity to enjoy all four seasons, even if they do seemingly change overnight. From the bulbs at the Missouri Botanical Garden in the spring to the leaves in Forest Park in the fall, they set our lives to their rhythm.
10. Low Cost of Living
St. Louisans living elsewhere often come back after braving tiny one-bedroom apartments in New York or Los Angeles to find themselves settling down in a nice home for the same amount, or less.
For more reasons to be thankful for St. Louis, click HERE.
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