St. Louis, MO

The St. Louis, MO-IL metropolitan statistical area is located on the Mississippi River, and takes up a total of 16 counties in southern Illinois and northern Missouri.

The greater St. Louis metro area is a thriving port city of of the Mississippi river. Although the city of St. Louis' population has slowly gone down over recent years, the suburbs and surrounding counties have steadily grown making the metro area increase in size over the past five years.

Total Population: 2,811,588

(An increase of 0.86 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 105,555
  • Language Spoken at Home - 140,137

[ Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • It is estimated that around 8.95% of the population of St. Louis speak a language other than English at home.

  • St. Louis is one of the country's leading cities in the development medical & plant biosciences.

  • With more than 27,000 refugees from Bosnia, St. Louis has the largest Bosnian population in the United States, and the largest population outside of their homeland.

  • Approximately 87% of the Bosnian refugees in St. Louis are Muslim.

  • The Indian population in St. Louis grew an estimated 81% between 2000 and 2012.

  • St. Louis seeks to have the fastest growing immigrant population in the country.


The greater St. Louis metropolitan area is home to nine Fortune 500 companies, as well as an advanced medical industry. This attracts many educated immigrants looking for jobs in these fields. The average quality of living in St. Louis is also very high compared to most large metro areas. These facts combined with St. Louis' push to make the city more immigrant friendly, and to bring in more immigrants each year, makes St. Louis a focal city for immigration and diversity.

The city of St. Louis has a rather large European, Latin American, and Asian ethnic make up. Throughout the history of the city, the European immigrants were primarily from Eastern European countries such as Italy, France, and Germany. However, there has been a recent influx of Bosnian refugees into the greater St. Louis area. Now the Bosnian people are one the largest people groups in the city, and St. Louis boasts the largest Bosnian population outside of their home country.

The Asian population has also skyrocketed in recent years. Due to the city's advanced medical and bioscience industries, many educated immigrants from south and east Asian countries such as China, Korea, and India, have been arriving in the city looking for jobs within these fields. If the immigration trends continue in this fashion, St. Louis could soon have one of the largest percentages of Asian population in the country.

People Group Profiles

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PG Name Country Of Birth Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
BosniakBosnia and HerzegovinaEurasian PeoplesIslam50,000
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism7,112
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana5,219
Arab, MoroccanMoroccoArab WorldIslam - Sunni3,365
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonArab WorldIslam - Sunni2,554
Arab, EgyptianEgyptArab WorldIslam2,050
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesIslam1,786
Arab, Palestinian (Muslim)IsraelArab WorldIslam1,576
Albanian, ToskAlbaniaEurasian PeoplesIslam - Sunni1,395
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism1,213
Uzbek, SouthernUzbekistanTurkic PeoplesIslam - Sunni1,054
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada700
Arab, Jordanian (Muslim)JordanArab WorldIslam512
Arab, IraqiIraqArab WorldIslam - Shia379
Burmese, BhamaMyanmar [Burma]Tibetan / Himalayan PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada100
TeluguIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism50
FrenchFranceEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic6,807
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism6,307
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic4,548
RussianRussiaEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox4,399
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant4,342
GermanGermanyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox3,577
Egyptian CoptEgyptArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox3,075

Ethnic Links

St. Louis's New Immigrants- A good article of the changing landscape of immigration in St. Louis.

St. Louis Mosaic Project- Information on the project that seeks to attract immigrants to the greater St. Louis area.

St. Louis Ethnic Restaurants- A good list of Ethnic dining establishments in the greater St. Louis area.