U.S. News ranks STL metro as, well, better than Chicago
Most major-metro neighbors fared better: Nashville, Tennessee (15); Indianapolis (38); Cincinnati (39); Kansas City (49); and Louisville, Kentucky (64). Also, Springfield, Missouri, finished one slot ahead of us (80).
Of our neighbors, Chicago (104) and Memphis (118) finished lower.
The best overall was Austin, Texas; and the worst in the 50 states was Bakersfield, California.
When looking at metros with a population of more than 2.5 million, STL was ranked No. 13 out of 21. Denver was first in that group; Miami was last.