One of the most common questions I hear from buyers that are looking for a home in St. Louis City is about safety.
As a Realtor, it’s a challenging question to answer. Each buyer has a different perception of what makes a neighborhood safe. Most real estate agents are taught to simply point their buyers to the local police department.
I often encourage buyers to spend some time in the neighborhood talking to neighbors before they buy a home. The neighborhood pub or coffee shop can be a great source of information. If buyers are unfamiliar with a city neighborhood, I encourage them to visit the area at dinner time. I suggest they take a walk around the neighborhood before it gets dark, talking to anyone outside about what they like about the neighborhood and the neighborhood problems.
But taking a walk and talking to neighbors does not give you a complete picture.
2008 Crime Rates for Popular St. Louis City Neighborhoods:
*** Population statistics based on 2000 U.S. Census. Please note that areas with major population growth in the last 9 years, such as the Downtown Loft district, will have inflated per person crime rates due to underestimated population levels.