St. Louis is making headlines and it’s for all the right reasons–a burgeoning tech and start-up scene, a low cost of living, andnumerous cultural attractions that have garnered critical acclaim and regard; but that’s just the start of why tech professionals should consider the city that’s known as the Gateway to West. If you’re in the tech industry and contemplating your next career move, here are 5 reasons to consider St. Louis for a job in tech:
- Burgeoning tech and start-up scene
When Business Insider reported on St. Louis having the fastest growing start-up scene, they were probably just as shocked to hear this news as the rest of the country. But professionals who are a part of this burgeoning community knew all too well that our city was onto something big. With start-ups and investors comes opportunity, whether you’re looking to build your dream or help build someone else’s.
- Low cost of living
With food, housing, utilities and other essentials combined being highly affordable, you’ll still have enough disposable income leftover to enjoy as you see fit. St. Louis boasts a low cost of living compared to the national average and for technical talent earning a good entry or experienced level salary this can mean greater financial security and peace of mind.
- Top-tier universities and nationally recognized schools
If continuing your education is important or if you have or plan to start a family, schooling matters. St. Louis is home to several top-tier universities, including Washington University, SLU, University of Missouri–St. Louis and Webster University. Primary and secondary schools have also garnered national recognition for both public and private education.
- Critically Acclaimed Cultural Attractions
We’ll let you in on one of the least known attributes of St. Louis–we boast many acclaimed cultural attractions including Forest Park, which was recently recognized by USA Today as being the top city park in the country. Forest Park is home to the St. Louis Zoo (ranked #4 out of 10 by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine) a free attraction for both residents and visitors, the St. Louis Art Museum (nominated by USA today as a favorite free art museum) in addition to many other free or near free attractions in or around the St. Louis metropolitan area.
- Employers of all sizes and industries
That’s right, whether you are seeking to gain some experience and credibility working for a Fortune 500 company or wanting to cut your teeth at a venture-backed start-up, St. Louis has employers of all sizes and industries that offer plenty of opportunity for growth and the ability to work for a company whose mission you can believe in.