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St. Peters named to Money Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Live list

Money Magazine has named the city of St. Peters to its 2020 list of the Best Places to Live in America, ranking St. Peters at No. 13 overall. St. Peters was the highest-ranked city in Missouri.

This is the fifth time St. Peters has been ranked on this prestigious list and the highest it has ever reached on the list.

In 2017, St. Peters was ranked No. 15 in the nation. St. Peters also made the magazine’s Best Places to Live in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

The Corporate Pavilion in 370 Lakeside Park during a Sunset Fridays concert (Source: City of St. Peters)

“We are honored that Money Magazine has again recognized St. Peters as one of our nation’s best places to live,” Mayor Len Pagano said. “To receive this honor in such a challenging year reminds me what community is about. It’s about neighbors working together, and it’s about caring for each other.

“We were chosen because of our great quality of life and the more than 8,000 new jobs in our community over the last few years both at the Premier 370 area and other new businesses, including retail. With the support of the people who live here, the businesses and entrepreneurs who stay and grow here and those who continue to serve their community every day including our great first responders, healthcare and all our essential workers, we are a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.”

A vinyl decal will be placed at center ice in memory of former St. Peters city administrator Tim Wilkinson.

Money said in its story on St. Peters: “It’s not hard to find community in St. Peters: Local musicians perform in a free sunset concert series on summer Fridays (streamed on-demand this year due to the coronavirus). Each month the city organizes a day trip for residents. … The Rec-Plex, fondly referred to as the town’s ‘crown jewel,’ is a delightful, city-run recreation center.”

At the Rec-Plex, families can enjoy Olympic-sized swimming pools, an NHL-sized ice rink, and 8,000 square feet of fitness equipment.

Rec-Plex pool (Source: City of St. Peters)

Money uses a variety of data to help find places in America that combine affordability, economic growth and quality of life. Here’s how a representative from Money explained how the magazine chose the Best Places to Live for 2020:

To create Money’s Best Places to Live ranking this year, we looked at cities and towns with a population of at least 25,000 and removed any with: more than double the national crime rate; a median income level lower than 85% of its state’s median; or little to no ethnic diversity. This yielded a list of 1,890 places.

To narrow our list, we then collected nearly 212,000 different data points, all of which was provided by research partner Witlytic. We considered data about economic factors, like employment opportunities, as well as housing, cost of living, diversity, health and safety, education, weather and lifestyle, and amenities – both for safety and entertainment.

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