Both cities are praised for affordable housing, and as great places to raise families.
Our hearty congratulations go out to O’Fallon and St. Peters for being recognized in Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live 2010! Communities in St. Charles County routinely appear on many “Best of…” lists and this time O’Fallon checked in at 26 and St. Peters took the 60th spot.
O’Fallon was noted as home to several corporate offices, including MasterCard, which helped keep the unemployment rate under the national average. Also highlighted is O’Fallon’s 400 acres of parkland, affordable homes at a median sale price of $172,250, low crime, plenty of restaurants and nearby cultural attractions.
Celebrating its centennial year, St. Peters was ranked in the top 100 as a small city “…older and more established than some of its neighbors. That gives the place character and makes many houses more affordable.” St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano is especially pleased with the designation during the Centennial because “we’ve talked about how we owe a lot to our history and the great planning that took place through the years.”
The survey, in the August 2010 issue, considered small cities within the 50,000-300,000 population range. Locally, St. Charles, St. Louis and Florissant were noted in the unranked contenders. Eden Prairie, MN, topped the list. The survey focused on small cities that offered jobs, good schools, safe streets, low crime and lots of activities that benefit raising a family.