The Facts

When considering any type of policy change it is important to know the facts fully and accurately. That's why at St. Louis Strong we're committed to bringing you the facts. It's one of our values. Below you will find an introduction to the research you will in order to make an informed evaluation of St. Louis. For starters try building a new St. Louis.

St. Louis Primer Facts

  • $2.38 billion of public tax dollars have been diverted to developers as subsidies for private developments through Tax Increment Financing (TIF) in the past 20 years.
    • Over a quarter of a billion dollars ($281 million) is spent annually on general administration alone.
  • A $14 billion dollar boost would occur to the St. Louis economy if racial wage gaps were eliminated.
  • The combined population of the City and County decreased by 45,615 from 2000 to 2012.
    • The City’s population declined by 63% from 1950's peak of 857,000.
  • In 2012 the region had a 7.7% unemployment rate, which was 285th in Country and a full percent below the state and country.
  • St. Louis families of four pay more than $7,600 per year for government services.
    • St. Louis City and County spend $601.60 per capita more than Indianapolis-Marion County and $714.95 more than Louisville-Jefferson County.
      • Both of those regions have gone through successful City-County mergers.
  • Life expectancy varies drastically across race and location in St. Louis.
    • Life expectancy is 91.4 years in the mostly white city Wildwood.
    • Life expectancy is 55.9 years in the mostly black city Kinloch.
  • A Harvard and UC-Berkeley study placed the St. Louis area among the ten worst big U.S. cities for income mobility.
  • St. Louis City and County residents spend an estimated $1,187 (total exceeding $1.5 billion) on crime per year.
  • It costs $113.64 on average to obtain sunshine law information on how tax dollars are used at a municipal level.
  • Of the 90 municipalities in St. Louis County, 48 have fewer than 5,000 residents—23 have fewer than 1,000.
    • 43 of the County’s municipalities occupy less than 1 square mile.
  • In 2013 the City and County collected $61,152,087 in fines and fees—the state total was $132,032,351.63.
  • St. Louis region accounts for 46% of all fines and fees collected statewide while being home to only 22% of Missourians.
  • Out of the County’s 81 Municipal courts, 73 brought in more revenue than required to operate.
    • The average municipal court costs $223,149 to operate but brings in an average of $711,506.
    • 20/21 municipalities north of Olive Blvd. and within I-270 boundary derive 20% of their general budget from fines and fees.
  • The County and City likely compete against each other for public health grants.
  • Not until the 1968 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Jones v. Mayer were the region's discriminatory housing covenants ruled unconstitutional.
  • Missouri schools have the highest rate of suspension of black elementary school students.
  • In 2014 black drivers were 75% more likely than white drivers to be pulled over.
  • St. Louis ranks fifth among the most segregated cities in America.

Unified U.S. Regions

  • Alaska
    • City and borough of Anchorage
    • City and borough of Juneau
    • City and borough of Sitka
    • City and borough of Yakutat
  • California
    • City and county of San Francisco
  • Colorado
    • City and county of Broomfield
    • City and county of Denver
  • Hawaii
    • City and county of Honolulu
  • Kansas
    • Unified Government of Wyandotte County and City of Kansas City
  • Montana
    • Anaconda-Deer Lodge County
  • Butte-Silver Bow County

Areas designated as metropolitan governments and operating primarily as cities:

  • Tennessee
    • Hartsville and Trousdale County
    • Lynchburg and Moore County
    • Nashville and Davidson County

Areas having certain types of county offices, but as part of another government (city, township, special district, state):

  • Florida
    • County of Duval (City of Jacksonville)
  • Georgia
    • County of Clarke (City of Athens)
    • County of Chattahoochee (City of Cusseta)
    • County of Echols (City of Statenville)
    • County of Muscogee (City of Columbus)
    • County of Richmond (City of Augusta)
    • County of Quitman (City of Georgetown)
    • County of Webster (City of Preston)
  • Hawaii
    • County of Kalawao (State of Hawaii)
  • Indiana
    • County of Marion (City of Indianapolis)
  • Kansas
    • County of Greeley (City of Tribune)
  • Kentucky
    • Lexington-Fayette Urban County
    • Louisville-Jefferson County
  • Louisiana
    • Parish of East Baton Rouge (City of Baton Rouge)
    • Parish of Lafayette (City of Lafayette)
    • Parish of Orleans (City of New Orleans)
    • Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
  • Massachusetts
    • County of Nantucket (Town of Nantucket)
    • County of Suffolk (City of Boston)
  • New York
    • Counties of Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond (all part of the City of New York)
  • Pennsylvania
    • County of Philadelphia (City of Philadelphia)