Even with divisions by two great rivers and two state lines, the St. Louis region is woven together by the daily interactions of businesses and the talented people who work for them. The 15-county metropolitan area has 2.8 million residents, more than 1.5 million workers and over 83,000 business establishments. With a highly qualified workforce, a nationally acclaimed startup movement, a diverse economy featuring leading tech, science, financial, aerospace and mobility sectors, along with the educational and cultural amenities of a world-class city, Greater St. Louis is the intelligent choice for business.
- Leading research, public and private universities and colleges produce thousands of well-trained graduates annually, while innovative programs like LaunchCode train and mentor workers for more than 500 employer partners. The region boasts one of the largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforces in the United States.
- The St. Louis region is a worldwide leader in agribusiness, hosting Bayer’s crop science division, renowned research institutions like the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and the emerging 39 North agriculture innovation district.
- The new, $1.75 billion western headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency being developed in St. Louis has jump-started a burgeoning geospatial intelligence industry that already encompasses 40 area companies.
- Our $173 billion economy is the 4th largest in the Midwest. The region’s GDP is larger than the state of Kansas, and the Missouri side of the region accounts for 43 percent of that state’s economy.