University City

A model urban community lying just west of St. Louis' city limits.

Welcome to University City

University City is a model urban community lying just west of St. Louis' city limits. The city is home to expositions, art galleries, and theaters that make this municipality an unparalleled cultural center. Washington University hosts intellectual and artistic capital not seen anywhere else in the region. The presence of this internationally recognized research university also lends a cosmopolitan and foreign flavor to University City. Olive Boulevard is home to St. Louis' hub of Chinese culture. Foreign films are often on display at the Tivoli Theatre and boutique grocery stores offer a wide variety of foods from abroad. In 1902, Edward Gardner Lewis bought 85 acres northwest of Forest Park. This land was to serve as the headquarters of his newspaper corporation as well as provide space for the development of an upper-middle-class community. The 1904 World's Fair and subsequent Olympic Games led to further development of the area and the creation of architectural marvels, many of which still stand. University City became a prosperous streetcar suburb. The loop through University City taken by the Delmar streetcar attracted a retail sector to complement the community's residential developments. Today, that same Delmar Loop is home to the St. Louis Walk of Fame and over 130 businesses. These include The Pageant, the area's premier concert venue and club, and Blueberry Hill, a restaurant and music club frequented by rock n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry. The Loop serves as a focal point to bring community members together. Events like the Loop Ice Carnival bring residents of all ages together to enjoy and explore their city.

University City is home to relaxed, residential neighborhoods that are ideal for quiet gatherings, as well as urban districts that offer nightlife and retail conveniences. Old architectural marvels remain, many of them Tudor homes constructed of stately brick. Cozy ranch homes and modern townhouses add to the substantial housing spectrum. Subdivisions such as West Jackson Park and Forsyth Place are home to picturesque lanes and shaded, wooded lots. Detached, residential properties sold for a median price of $418,865 in 2023. This represents an 18% price increase when compared with the 2018 median of $352,950.

University City serves as the cultural heart of St. Louis County. The Center of Creative Arts (COCA) trains students in theater, dance, and art. These students, in turn, put on plays, recitals, and art exhibitions that the whole community can enjoy. Componere Gallery of Art showcases local artistic talent, and The Craft Alliance gives patrons the opportunity to buy locally produced art and handmade crafts. Those seeking to enjoy a display of nature's beauty will appreciate the presence of U City in Bloom. This group of engaged citizens tends to community gardens and ensures that public spaces remain points of pride for residents. University City maintains over 150 acres of public parklands. 85-acre Heman Park includes houses the Centennial Commons Recreation Facility and the Heman Park Swimming Pool. Ruth Park Golf Club is home to a public course that is among the best in St. Louis County.

The School District of University City began holding classes in September 1912 and has been educating the children of University City ever since. The University City High School Hall of Fame has recognized prominent alumni who have succeeded in fields including engineering, medicine, and journalism. Students also have access to many private and faith-based options. The Freedom School, Agape Academy, and Esther Miller Bais Yaakov are some of the schooling options that contribute to University City students' high academic achievement.

Overview for University City, MO

34,953 people live in University City, where the median age is 38.7 and the average individual income is $59,505. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around University City, MO

There's plenty to do around University City, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Blissfully Popped Popcorn, Crimson Serpents Outpost, and Forever Tennis.

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Dining 3.72 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.87 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.32 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.11 miles 17 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.75 miles 18 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.6 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for University City, MO

University City has 16,647 households, with an average household size of 2.08. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in University City do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 34,953 people call University City home. The population density is 5,947.96 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in University City, MO

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