The region has no shortage of family-friendly neighborhoods. Whittling it down depends on what you’re looking for. Kirkwood—with its picturesque houses, good schools, quaint downtown, and significantly expanded Magic House—is a standout for families. Family Circle recently named Webster Groves to its list of “10 Best Towns for Families,” noting the historic housing, student-to-teacher ratio, and recycling programs. Warson Woods, Glendale, and Des Peres share many of the same perks as Kirkwood and Webster: great blocks and top schools. In Town & Country, students can attend Parkway or Ladue schools, plus Queeny has no shortage of trails, play areas, and the Museum of the Dog. If the suburban lifestyle is what you want, Chesterfield’s schools and quiet vibe are also attractive. In South City, some close-knit neighborhoods like St. Louis Hills and Southampton have great food and holiday events. Olivette shares Ladue’s top-notch public school district, but the median home price is significantly less: around the 260’s. Creve Coeur residents can send their kids to Ladue or Parkway, as well as private schools like De Smet Jesuit High School and Chaminade College Prep. Manchester and Ballwin share the Parkway School District as well, and Fenton’s Rockwood Summit Senior High—part of Rockwood School District, St. Louis County’s largest school district—is a draw. Farther west, St. Charles, St. Peters, and O’Fallon—all about family-friendly suburbs—ranked among Money magazine’s list of the nation’s “Best Places to Live 2008.”

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Usual Suspects: Kirkwood, Town & Country, Webster Groves, Chesterfield, St. Louis Hills, Creve Couer, St. Charles, St. Peters, O’fallon

And Don’t Forget: Warson Woods, Glendale, Southampton, Des Peres, Olivette, Manchester, Ballwin, Fenton