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Top 25 Cities for Firefighters

Top 25 Cities for Firefighters

Tania Khadder, Anna Hennings, Adam Starr, Alice Handley | FireLink

May 13, 2011

#20. St. Louis, MO

Population: 354,361

Average Salary: $40,630

Firefighter Salary: $43,000

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 23

  Average Commute Time: 21.5 minutes 

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 179

Unemployment Rate: 9.2

The St. Louis Fire Department protects a city that covers more than 60 square miles. Two years ago, the St. Louis Fire Department had a total of 101,844 responses, of which: 41,856 were fire suppression responses and 59,988 were emergency medical services responses. Known as the city that marks the divide between the Eastern and Western United States, St. Louis is often called the “Gateway City.” It’s home to some of our nation’s largest public and privately held corporations —Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Scottrade, Energizer and Anheuser-Busch Breweries are just a few of its best known local companies. And it didn’t just make our own short list of great cities — this charming city ranks among the whole world’s top 100 cities in terms of quality of life.

Bonus fun fact: The ice cream cone was invented in St. Louis.

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