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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in St. Louis

Thinking about moving to St. Louis? With a cost of living that’s 11% lower than the national average and cost of housing that’s 30% lower, it’s easy to see why this is a popular Midwest city to live in! If you’re looking for a budget-friendly neighborhood with low crime rates, check out our guide to the safest, most affordable neighborhoods in St. Louis below!

  • Boulevard Heights
  • Franz Park
  • Lafayette Square
  • Maryland Heights
  • North Hampton

Boulevard Heights

Two-story brick house with green lawn in Boulevard Heights, St. Louis. Photo by Instagram user @bradfose
Photo via @bradfose
  • Home Price: $116,520 median purchase price; $787 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 85% of Missouri cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees, singles, young professionals

Boulevard Heights is one of the best neighborhoods in St. Louis for anyone looking for a quieter life within the city! Retirees and empty nesters will enjoy the safe streets and suburban neighborhood feel, while families, singles, and young professionals hoping to buy an affordable brick bungalow or stone cottage will find many charming single-family homes here. The area’s proximity to hip neighborhoods like Soulard and Dutchtown mean cool restaurants and bars are just a few minutes away, but there’s also plenty of green space and pedestrian bike trails in the South City neighborhood to keep Boulevard Heights residents busy.

Things to Do in Boulevard Heights

Check out the horseshoe pits, play a game of tennis, drop kids off at the playground, or take a stroll around the lake at Carondelet Park. Visit the Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis to see tiny doll houses and other small items. Head to Carondelet Library to pick up a graphic novel, bring kids to Tech for Tots, or drop teens off for a game night. Order Saganaki Flaming Cheese, Loin Lamb Chops, or a Shrimp Shish Kebab Plate at Appollonia. Stop by Stacked STL to try savory burgers like the En Fuego or Big Kahuna. Or sample unique craft beers like the Calling Hours IPA or EdgeWild Saison at local brewery Perennial Artisan Ales.

Franz Park

Two brick houses under a blue sky in Franz Park, St. Louis. Photo by Instagram user @emily_m_wasserman
Photo via @emily_m_wasserman
  • Home Price: $116,333 median purchase price; $829 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 71% of Missouri cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals

Hoping to move to one of the best neighborhoods in St. Louis? As part of the Dogtown area, Franz Park is ideal for singles and young professionals looking for budget-friendly living with an easy commute into the city. Those who plan to rent will find lower prices than in neighboring Hi-Pointe, and buyers will find less expensive single-family homes than in Southwest Garden and Ellendale—just be ready to put in some work, as most of the post-WWII homes are in need of remodeling or updating. If you’re dreaming of a safe place to live that has lots to do nearby and is only a ten-minute drive from jobs in Downtown St. Louis, check out Franz Park!

Things to Do in Franz Park

Stop by the Saint Louis Zoo to attend the Jungle Boogie Concert Series, take a safari tour, or hang near the stingrays in the Caribbean Cove. Check out the permanent collections of fine art featuring sculptures, artifacts, paintings, and photography at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Go to the Saint Louis Galleria to shop at stores like Charming Charlie, Lacoste, and West Elm. Enjoy brick-oven pizzas like Margherita, Chicken Delish, and Sausage Special at family-owned Failoni’s Restaurant & Bar. Make your way to The Blue Duck for Chocolate Sourdough French Toast during brunch. Or spend a night out at The Side Project Cellar enjoying craft beers, wines by the glass, and whiskeys.

Lafayette Square

Purple, yellow, and pink rowhouses on a sunny day in Lafayette Square, St. Louis. Photo by Instagram user @yourcoachmeg
Photo via @yourcoachmeg
  • Home Price: $229,940 median purchase price; $691 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 61% of Missouri cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals

If you want to be in the midst of all the hustle and bustle without compromising safety, then Lafayette Square is one of the best areas to live in St. Louis for you! As one of the oldest historic neighborhoods in St. Louis, it’s filled with stunning Victorian and Gothic architecture. Though the area’s unique homes can mean higher prices for home buyers, renters can find affordable apartments and townhomes in this area. Other perks of renting here include great walkability, proximity to trendy wine bars and local restaurants, and frequent neighborhood events. Plus, those living in Lafayette Square are within walking distance of Downtown St. Louis!

Things to Do in Lafayette Square

Spend some time at Lafayette Park exploring 30 acres of green space, taking in numerous historic monuments, and strolling around the lake. Get tickets to the Broadway Series, see a traveling musician or comedian, or attend a movie premiere at the historic Stifel Theatre. Go shopping at Looking Glass Designs for unique items like an engraved cutting board, custom jewelry, and embroidered gifts. Order Spicy Crab Beignets, Watermelon Gazpacho, and Pistou Grilled Salmon at Vin de Set—don’t forget to visit the rooftop bar for a nightcap! Indulge in hearty dishes likes Shrimp Linguine, Tuscan Meatloaf, and Wild Boar Ravioli at Eleven Eleven Mississippi. Or treat your sweet tooth to a Fudgesicle Ice Cream Martini or a Golden Pear Galette at Bailey’s Chocolate Bar.

Maryland Heights

White and brick home with black trim in Maryland Heights, St. Louis. Photo by Instagram user @homes_sold
Photo via @homes_sold
  • Home Price: $153,300 median purchase price; $936 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 42% of Missouri cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

Looking for the best St. Louis suburb for safety and affordability? Head to Maryland Heights! This spacious suburb has much lower housing costs than many of the other suburbs in St. Louis, and it’s about 20 minutes from downtown, thanks to quick access via I-64. Even though its location makes getting around the metro easy, Maryland Heights has plenty of entertainment, dining, and outdoor activities of its own! A tight-knit community, small-town feel, and top-rated schools like Pattonville Remington Traditional School and McKelvey Elementary School all make Maryland Heights an ideal spot for many families and retirees.

Things to Do in Maryland Heights

Visit Creve Coeur Park to play in the spray fountain, hone your archery skills, or take a kayak out onto Creve Coeur Lake. See your favorite national touring acts at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Travel to the St. Louis Outlet Mall to shop at stores like Lorenzo Menswear, Cabela’s, and Burlington. Eat authentic Vietnamese food at DD Mau, including Pork Bahn Mi, Shrimp Bao Sliders, and Veggie Pho. Enjoy a Matcha Latte, Crispy Orange Buns, or Chocolate Cherry Bread from The Foundry Bakery. Or try a pint of the Cranberry Wheat, Blood Orange Wit, or a Cinnamon Maple Stout at Six Mile Bridge Beer.

North Hampton

Red brick houses next to each other with green awnings in North Hampton, St. Louis. Photo by Instagram user @neorad.photography
Photo via @neorad.photography
  • Home Price: $138,829 median purchase price; $538 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 83% of Missouri cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

If you’re looking for one of the best places to buy a home in St. Louis, consider North Hampton! Lush green spaces, safe streets, tons of local restaurants, and affordable single and multi-family housing make this diverse area perfect for young families. Plus, great schools like Mason Elementary SchoolKennard Classical Junior Academy, and Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction are nearby. North Hampton is also within a 20-minute drive of Central West End, Midtown, and Downtown St. Louis, so getting to great jobs or venturing out for weekend fun is easy.

Things to Do in North Hampton

Host a picnic, play a game of roller hockey, try your hand a volleyball, or test out the exercise station at Tilles Park. Visit the Missouri Botanical Garden to explore 79 acres of crafted gardens, play in the children’s garden, or sign up for a class to learn about green living. Swing by Himalayan Yeti for Veggie Samosa, Shrimp Vindaloo, and Butter Chicken. Pair your morning coffee with a Blueberry Lemon Donut, indulge in a Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookie, or take a loaf to go at Knead Bakehouse. Or head to your favorite neighborhood bar to smoke a cigar, eat a Chicago-style hotdog on game day, or sip a Blueberry Martini at The Famous Bar.

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