Since work is one of the most common reasons for someone to relocate, newcomers might assume that the question of where to live in St. Louis depends on their job’s location. It is actually not as big a concern here as it might be in other parts of the country.
Unlike places like Los Angeles, where people can spend hours commuting, traffic is usually not nearly as bad in St. Louis. Rush hour traffic does happen, especially along the main arteries like I-170 and I-64/40…but with a little planning, rush hour will seen relatively tame in most parts of the city and suburbs
Downtown St. Louis is situated such that a drive across the river to O’Fallon, Illinois is actually shorter than the trip to Chesterfield, MIssouri. And as mentioned above, those who are willing to drive or take the train a bit further, can even enjoy a quiet rural setting at the end of their daily commute. Depending on an individual’s tolerance for time spent in the car, they do not need to feel limited in their choices of where to live.