Study ranks St. Louis as the worst US city for young families

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The Gateway Arch as seen along the Mississippi River in June 2008. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, MO – A new study names St. Louis as the worst US city for young families. The Gateway City ranks last out of the 474 cities in the survey.

The good news? O’Fallon, MO came in at #7 in Apartment List’s rankings. They gave the town an “A+”.

The factors determining the placement on the list are safety, housing cost, school quality and child friendliness. The safety rank accounts for 35% of the overall score; housing cost is 30%; school quality is 25% and child friendliness is 10%.

Apartment List uses FBI data to rank cities by the number of violent crimes per 100,000 people. The Gateway City takes the top spot in a list of violent US cities released by the FBI. St. Louis ranks number one in the first half of 2015 for rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and murder. There were 88.1 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

Public school graduation rates determined the “school quality” score. Housing costs are the percentage of income to rent a two bedroom apartment. Cities with a higher percentage of children rank higher on the “Child Friendliness” scores.

The city of St. Louis got an “F” in the report. Apartment list gave the town a 1.5 out of 100 for crime, an 18.7 child score, a 1.8 education score and a score of 18.2 for housing.

St. Charles was ranked at #68. The study gave the city an A-.

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