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40. Ballwin, MO

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Ballwin, MO City of Ballwin

Top 50 rank: 40

Population: 30,523

Low crime rates and excellent schools (testing above the state average in math and reading) are just two reasons Ballwin scores high with families. Then there’s the easy access to four state parks, as well as the local rec facility, open seven days a week, and the extensive community programming, such as a summer concert series.

For more urban entertainment (and, of course, a range of job opportunities), St. Louis is a 30-minute drive away. –S.M.

Ballwin, MO

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $93,449
Job growth % (2010-2012) 2.66%
Median home price (2012) $194,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 40.5%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 36.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 11

Financials

Median family income (per year) $93,449
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $102,030
Sales tax 7.93%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 6.00%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 1.50%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,445
Job growth % (2010-2012) 2.66%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $194,000
Average property taxes(2012) $3,209

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 28
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 40.5%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 36.7%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 80.6/19.4

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 63.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 11
Median commute time (in minutes) 23.1
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 11.5%
% population walk or bike to work 1.5%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 27
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 2,485
Bars (within 15 miles) 305
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 137
Libraries (within 15 miles) 50
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 11
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 1.1

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 38.75
% clear days in the area 55%
High temp in July ° F 89.2°
Low temp in Jan ° F 17.3°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 40.4
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 82.0%
Married % 59.3%
Divorced % 7.8%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 43.2

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