St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis encompasses an independent city in the U.S. state of Missouri (the "City of St. Louis") and its metropolitan area (Greater St. Louis). This area includes counties in the states of Missouri and Illinois; it is the 18th largest in the United States with a population of 2,698,672 as of the 2000 census. According to the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), the 2004 population is approximately 2,764,054.
The city, which is named after Louis IX of France, is adjacent to, but not part of, St. Louis County, Missouri and has a population of 352,572. It is the second largest city in Missouri after Kansas City, but it has the state's largest metropolitan area population. In relation to the Midwest region, the City of St. Louis is the 10th largest city in population (between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Wichita, Kansas).
 The local economy
St. Louis punches above its weight as a center for corporate headquarters. Beer commercials have made the city well known as the home of Anheuser-Busch Breweries. Two local brokerages, A.G. Edwards and Edward Jones, as well as online brokerage Scottrade, have grown into dominant players on America's financial landscape. It is also the site for the headquarters of Energizer, the battery company. Neighboring suburbs host Monsanto, formerly a chemical company and now a leader in genetically modified crops, and Solutia, the former Monsanto chemical division that was spun off as a separate company in 1997. Express Scripts, a pharmaceutrical benefits management firm, has its corporate headquarters in the suburbs of St. Louis and recently announcd plans to construct its new headquarters near the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Hardee's corporate headquarters lies in the metro area. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is headquartered in Clayton. Emerson Electric is headquartered in the north side of St. Louis. Charter Communications, the nation's fourth largest broadband communications company, is headquartered in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country.
In recent years, however, several longtime corporate pillars have left St. Louis. St. Louis was the corporate headquarters of McDonnell-Douglas prior to its 1997 merger with Boeing. Upon the merger, the area became the headquarters for Boeing's $27 billion-per-year Integrated Defense Systems division and its company-wide Phantom Works R&D operation. Locally, Boeing manufactures the F/A-18 Super Hornet and JDAM smart bombs, and has developed — at times secretly — several unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs). However, when Boeing relocated its corporate headquarters from Seattle, Washington in 2001, it moved to Chicago, Illinois — St. Louis was not one of the final candidates.
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- Photos: Ferguson Awaits Grand Jury Decision
- The governor has declared a state of emergency ahead of a grand jury decision in the police shooting death of Michael Brown. Police officers and demonstrators clash during a protest Thursday night outside the Ferguson police station in Ferguson, Mo.
- Michael Brown's father asks for calm in new video
- The father of an unarmed teenager killed by a Ferguson police officer asked for calm ahead of a grand jury's decision in the case Thursday. Michael Brown's father asks for calm in new video The father of an unarmed teenager killed by a Ferguson police officer asked for calm ahead of a grand jury's decision in the case Thursday.
- St. Louis region prepares for Ferguson decision
- St. Louis artist Damon Davis installs posters from his Push Forward Project on a boarded up business on Nov. 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Scott Olson ST.
- St. Louis region prepares for grand jury decision
- In a Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 photo, Fatou Diaw, right, watches her friend Kapeli Wiggins spray paint an open sign on the boarded up windows at Mounas & Sisters African Hair Braiding in Ferguson, Mo. The owner of the strip mall located along the 9100 block of W Florissant Ave. boarded up several of businesses over the weekend before the anticipated Michael Brown grand jury announcement.
- Grand jury could rule Friday in Brown death
- The grand jury hearing evidence on the Michael Brown shooting is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session, and a decision on whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson could come the same day, law enforcement officials briefed on the plans said. St. Louis County prosecutors are preparing to present more evidence to the grand jury before starting deliberations, and a decision on an indictment is expected soon after, the law enforcement officials said.
- Lamkin: We must heal the heart of America
- The next day, the community gathered for prayer in the parking lot of the Ferguson Police Department. People continued to gather as the prayer service ended.
- Gun sales skyrocket as Ferguson awaits grand jury
- Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as fearful residents await a grand jury's decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. Metro Shooting Supplies, in an area near the city's main airport, reports selling two to three times more weapons than usual in recent weeks - an average of 30 to 50 guns each day - while the jury prepares to conclude its three-month review of the case that sparked looting and weeks of sometimes-violent protests in August.
- Residents of Ferguson battle fog of fear while waiting for grand jury
- St. Louis artist Damon Davis, right, leads a crew of friends on Wednesday in covering over boarded-up Ferguson, Mo., businesses with hands of "all colours, all ages." FERGUSON, MO.-Boarding up, hoarding up, loading up.