While not technically the largest city in Missouri (that honor belongs to Kansas City
, due to some creative annexing and stupidity on St. Louis' part), the entire area's a lot bigger and more influential. Home to Budweiser
, the St. Louis Cardinals
and the Gateway Arch
, this city of roughly 2.8 million people also has some good music, good food and weird customs. It's pretty much Boston
-on-the-Mississippi: mostly Catholic
, very insular, loves baseball
a little too much, has an inferiority complex (here it's with Chicago
) that we take out through baseball. It's got a lot of bad points, too: we live too much in the past, we've deluded ourselves into thinking we're either still really important or just a "big small town", and we can't support a football team worth a damn. Overall, it's a very Midwestern city: misunderstood and a little weird.
"Where did you go to high school?"--If you can't answer this question with something an average person born in St. Louis can understand, you're fucked. Seriously.