St. Louis Community Profile

Katana Tattoo, a premier tattoo shop is proud to offer its world-class Japanese tattoo services to the residents of St. Louis. We thought you might like to know a bit more about this interesting and vibrant region.


Before European settlers came, the area where St. Louis stands was considered a major regional hub for Native American Mississippian culture.  Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau founded St. Louis in the year 1764, the duo were French fur traders who named the area after their king Louis IX. When France was defeated in the Seven Years War, the area became Spain’s territory but retroceded back to France in 1800.  The United States, through the Louisiana Purchase acquired St. Louis in 1803. By the time the 19th century came about, St, Louis has developed into a major port and by 1870 was ranked 4th biggest city in the United States.

Demographics and Cost of Living

Population 318,727 6,028,076 314,107,084
Population density (sq mi) 5,145 87 91
Median age 34.4 38.1 37.4
Male/Female ratio 0.9:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 37% 57% 55%
Speak English 90% 94% 79%
Speak Spanish 3% 3% 13%


  • The population density in St. Louis is 5807% higher than Missouri.
  • The median age in St. Louis is 10% lower than Missouri.
  • In St. Louis 45.46% of the population is Caucasian.
  • In St. Louis 48.11% of the population is African American.
  • In St. Louis 2.79% of the population is Asian.


The cost of living in Missouri is 10% lower than the national average and it is a relatively affordable place to live. While groceries, healthcare and transportation costs are much closer to the national average; housing cost is much lower still


There are a couple of national universities that are located in St. Louis namely, Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University. It is also home to the Washington University School of Medicine, a member of the top 10 medical schools in the country.

The St. Louis Public schools is responsible for operating more than seventy-five schools with a roster of over 25,000 students. The SLPS operates under provisional accreditation from the State of Missouri and is governed by a state-appointed school board, known as the Special Administrative Board.


Catholics comprise 15.4% of the people, followed by Black Protestant at 10.8% and then Evangelical Protestant at 10.5%. Mainline Protestant follows this at 5.5% while other religions comprise 3.1%. A large number of people pegged at 53.9% do not consider themselves to be part of any form of religion.

Some of the churches in the city are:

  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Central Baptist Church
  • John the Baptist Catholic Church
  • Hope Church
  • Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Raymond’s Maronite Cathedral
  • Alphonsus Liguori Rock Catholic Church



There are nine Fortune 500 companies that call St. Louis home.  Some of the Fortune 500 companies here are: Express Scripts, Emerson Electric, Monsanto, Reinsurance Group of America, Centene, Graybar Electric and Edward Jones Investments.

Other notable businesses headquartered in St. Louis include:

  • Arch Coal
  • Scottrade
  • Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Energizer Holdings
  • Patriot Coal
  • Post Foods
  • United Van Lines

Restaurants & Nightlife

El Toluco Taqueria & Grocery – nice no-frills restaurant located at a suburban stip mall. Known for their large tortas which are too large to hold in both hands even when cut in half.  It is run by Fausto Pizarro and his wife Maggie, who takes the recipe for many of their dishes including the signature tacos al pastor from their native Toluca in Mexico.

Nudo House STL — Looking for a good ramen place? You’ve come to the right place.  They are quite known for their different versions of pho and executive chef Marie-Anne Velasco got training from Japanese ramen master Shigetoshi Nakamura.

Hendel’s Restaurant – Definitely one of the top restaurants in the city according to Trip Advisor, they offer a good selection of wine that will not disappoint. The crab cakes and spinach artichoke dips are excellent.  The toasted ravioli, tea, ham/scallion quiche are a must try.

Fun Things to Do in St. Louis

Gateway Arch – This is a 630-foot ride to the top of the iconic stainless steel monument to see the best view of the city. This is all around fun for the entire family. A little bit nerve wracking at first when going up but once you reach the top, the sights you’ll see are breathlessly amazing.

Six Flags St. Louis – What visit would be complete in the Midwest without a visit to Six Flags theme park. Check out Batman the Ride for those amazing loops or if you feel the need for speed try the Screaming Eagle wooden coaster or get soaked on a whitewater rapids adventure of Thunder River.

St. Louis Zoo – this is one of the city’s many free attractions and is recognized as one of the country’s premier zoological parks.  Check out the Emerson Zooline Railroad to get a guided tour of the parks’ most popular and exciting residents.  There is also a petting zoo, dining and souvenir shops.

St. Louis truly is a great place to visit.  If you are interested in getting a tattoo, we are only a phone call away. We can’t wait to meet you.