Financial and Business Services

Building the Backbone of Business

Home to 14 Fortune 1000 companies, 7 Forbes Global 2000 and 8 Forbes Largest Private Company Headquarters, St. Louis’ robust business environment is supported by a healthy financial and business services sector. These services, which include an emerging fintech scene and a thriving insurance market, provide the backbone for companies large and small to operate efficiently and effectively. The region’s strength is predicated in part on a large, well-educated talent network, as well as the real estate, accounting, banking, IT, and tech firms needed for advanced business.

More than 70 colleges and universities within a 150-mile radius of St. Louis offer a wide range of business, financial, and economics-related degree programs. The programs produce a talent pool of highly skilled workers, ready for professional careers.

St. Louis’ financial services sector alone includes a diverse array of local, regional and national firms supported by a highly educated and trained workforce. The region is home to more than 7,900 business establishments in the financial activities industry, which employ more than 84,000 people. This includes three national financial services leaders: Wells Fargo, Edward Jones, and Stifel Financial. 


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The St. Louis metro benefits from lower-than-average business costs



St. Louis was rated as the Top City to Launch Your Career by LinkedIn


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1/3+ of adults living in the St. Louis region have a bachelor's degree or above

Business Services

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Real estate, banking and lending, IT, accounting, and compliance all make up a robust services sector that supports the businesses of the St. Louis region.

Financial Services

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An important part of St. Louis’ economy, Greater St. Louis’ financial services industry includes a thriving and diverse array of local, regional, and national firms.


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Business leaders from all touchpoints of financial technology are utilizing our region’s talent and resources to achieve success. From the technology initiatives of Square to the startup success of FinLocker, firms from across the country have picked St. Louis as the place to propel the industry forward.

Learn more about fintech.

Insurance Services

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More than 27,000 people work at more than 2,000 insurance-related businesses in the St. Louis region. This includes the offices of nearly every major insurance carrier, as well as the larger presence of insurance firms like Centene and Reinsurance Group of America, Inc.


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