Inclusive

An inclusive St. Louis region will embrace its entire population. Inclusiveness recognizes the value of diversity in creating and maintaining a vibrant, entrepreneurial, and globally-competitive region.

The St. Louis region has a rich legacy of diversity in ethnicity, age, religion, lifestyle, race, socio-economic groups, and affiliations. Today it can be seen in the burgeoning immigrant populations from Bosnia, Vietnam, China, India, Mexico, and the Middle East. If we want to be a truly inclusive region, it is crucial that we address issues such as poverty, education, infant mortality, unemployment, crime, income, and higher education.

A metropolitan area that embraces, empowers, and builds upon its diversity tends to be more creative, equitable, entrepreneurial, and resilient. OneSTL partners will provide tools and policies to increase the social and economic well-being of all demographic groups represented in our region, and in the process, reduce the number of areas where poverty and inequity is concentrated.

Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

Stably Integrated Communities

Percent of residents who live in stably integrated communities

Up

Method Under Development

Housing Choice

Percent of census tracts with housing stock at a variety of price points for owners and renters

Up

Method Under Development

Concentrated Poverty

Percent of poor residents living in a concentrated area of poverty (census tracts with >40% poverty rate)

Down 2006-
2010

13.8%

2011-
2015

15.5%

Income Inequality

Gini Index

Down 2010

0.454

2015

0.467

Housing Affordability

Percent of renter units and owner units affordable and available to households earning 80% of HUD area median family income

Up 2010

37.5%

2015

37.7%