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St. Louis Area Neighborhoods and Communities


The St. Louis area has dozens of distinct neighborhoods, suburbs, surrounding towns and villages. The city alone has nearly 80 neighborhoods, and St. Louis County adds another 91 municipalities. Picking the community that's best for you can be challenging, especially if you're new to the area. Here's information about many of the area's neighborhoods and neighboring towns.
  1. Downtown St. Louis
  2. The Hill
  3. Southampton
  4. Central West End / Forest Park
  1. Soulard
  2. Alton / Grafton
  3. Belleville
  4. Hermann / Wine Country

Downtown St. Louis

Downtown is the heart of St. Louis. It's where residents and visitors alike can enjoy the best the city has to offer. Downtown is home to some of the area's best restaurants and attractions including the Gateway Arch.

The Hill

The Hill is St. Louis' famous Italian neighborhood. Residents on the Hill are extremely proud of their roots and the history of their neighborhood. The Hill is also a top destination for anyone who wants authentic Italian food, gifts or groceries.


Southampton is a typical south St. Louis neighborhood filled with older brick homes on tree-lined streets. There is also a growing business district along Macklind Avenue with bars, restaurants and small shops.

Central West End / Forest Park

The Central West End is located just north of Forest Park. It's a neighborhood of high rise apartments and high-end homes. The CWE boasts a vibrant nightlife with restauants and bars that cater to hip, urban professionals. CWE residents also enjoy many of the top attractions in nearby Forest Park.


Soulard is one of the oldest neighborhoods in St. Louis, located just south of Downtown. The architecture of the neighborhood reflects its age with some homes dating to the mid-1800's. Soulard is also home to the oldest Farmers Market west of the Mississippi River. But there's more than just history in Soulard. Residents in this neighborhood know how to throw a party. Soulard's Mardi Gras and Oktoberfest are among the biggest celebrations in St. Louis.

Alton / Grafton

Alton and Grafton are two of the most popular destinations along the Great River Road in the Metro East. Both small towns along the Mississippi River have restaurants, shops and other attractions that keep visitors coming back.


Belleville is one of the more popular suburban communities on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. Belleville is a diverse town with good schools, a large downtown business district and well-known annual events like "Art on the Square" and Oktoberfest.

Hermann / Wine Country

Hermann is an historic German town on the Bluffs overlooking the Missouri River in Gasconade County. Hermann is where you'll find some of Missouri's best wineries. Other top wineries are along the Missouri Weinstrasse in St. Charles County.

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