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5 Best St. Louis Neighborhoods for Young Professionals

St. Louis is a vibrant city with a bunch of neighborhoods that have something different to offer.

If you’re a young professional looking to call St. Louis city home, there are several neighborhoods that are known for their fun atmosphere, affordable living, and access to job opportunities.

St. Louis actually has 79 neighborhoods!

But today, we put together a list of the 5 St. Louis neighborhoods best suited for young professionals.

#1 Central West End

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The Central West End is an especially popular neighborhood among recent graduates due to its urban setting and proximity to Saint Louis University and Washington University.

It’s also right next to Forest Park which is one of the best parts of living in CWE.

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The Central West End is a lively and really fun neighborhood with a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops along Euclid Ave.

The area has a great walkability score and is easily accessible by public transportation.

The only downside to living in the CWE is that it can be more expensive, but many recent grads are willing to pay the premium for its prime location and social scene.

#2 Soulard

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Soulard is a historic neighborhood and one of the most famous parts of St. Louis, with a rich history.

Known for its beautiful red-brick homes, lively bars, and fantastic restaurants, Soulard always has something fun to do.

The neighborhood is located just south of Downtown St. Louis and is known for its Mardi Gras celebrations and vibrant nightlife scene.

Soulard is highly walkable and has excellent public transportation options, making it easy for recent grads to get around.

While the cost of living in Soulard is higher than in other St. Louis neighborhoods, it is still usually affordable for recent graduates.

#3 The Grove

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The Grove is a trendy neighborhood that has become popular with recent graduates.

The Grove is known for its LGBTQ-friendly vibe, art galleries, and hip bars and restaurants.

The Grove has a great walkability score and is well-served by public transportation, making it easy for recent grads to get around.

The cost of living in The Grove is also affordable, making it a great choice for recent graduates looking for a fun and affordable place to live.

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The Grove is known for its chic historic homes and its trendy new luxury apartment buildings and townhomes.

#4 Tower Grove

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Tower Grove East

Tower Grove is actually two neighborhoods: Tower Grove East and Tower Grove South, depending on where you are in relation to Tower Grove Park.

Both TGE and TGS are charming neighborhoods located west of downtown St. Louis.

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Tower Grove South

The area is known for its beautiful Tower Grove Park, which is a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

The neighborhood has a diverse population, and the cost of living is relatively affordable.

While Tower Grove is not as lively as some other St. Louis neighborhoods, it is still an excellent choice for recent graduates who want a quieter, more laid-back lifestyle.

#5 Dogtown

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Dogtown is a small neighborhood located on the western edge of St. Louis City, south of Forest Park.

The area is known for its Irish-American heritage and history. Dogtown is home to tons of bars and restaurants that serve Irish food and drink as well as classic St. Louis favorites.

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St. Patrick’s day in Dogtown

Dogtown is best known for its famous St. Patrick’s Day parade every year.

It’s a huge celebration, and people come from all over St. Louis to hang out in Dogtown on St. Patty’s Day!

The neighborhood has a great walkability score, and the cost of living is relatively affordable.

While Dogtown may not be as lively as some other St. Louis neighborhoods during the rest of the year, it is a great choice for recent grads who want a tight-knit community feel.

Choosing the right neighborhood for you

St. Louis has so many great neighborhoods that it can be tough to choose which one is right for you!

If you’re looking for the right place to call home, get in touch with us!

We love sharing our St. Louis expertise with clients from all walks of life who are moving to the area to call St. Louis home, and we’d love to work with you.

Moving to St. Louis? Check out our moving to STL guide for all the top things to know.

Looking for a more suburban feel than the city? No problem! Check out our article on the best suburbs of St. Louis to call home.

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Tracy Sanders

Tracy Sanders was born and raised in St. Charles County but has lived in numerous towns all over the St. Louis metro area. After graduating from St. Dominic High School, she accepted a scholarship to play soccer at Indiana State University. There, she studied business and finance, which has made her invaluable to her clients navigating the housing market. She hit the ground running as soon as she got her real estate license and hasn't looked back. Tracy was named Rookie of the Year at Coldwell Banker after her first year being licensed. Her motto with clients is "one step at a time" because she understands the process can be unfamiliar and stressful. She prides herself on educating her clients throughout every step along the way, whether buying a home or selling.