With more than 1,500 businesses and 25,000 employees working in the community, Chesterfield enjoys a robust economy with burgeoning commercial growth. Fortune 500 companies, research centers, modern medical centers and major manufacturing firms operate side by side with smaller, family owned businesses, retail shopping stores and medium-sized firms. This business model has produced a bright economic outlook for Chesterfield, promising great prosperity to the local community and the close to 50,000 residents. Because of such economic diversity, the city's chamber of commerce plays an integral role in leading the business community into the challenges and growth opportunities that the future holds. The chamber's membership includes more than 700 commercial, industrial, retail and professional firms who strive to work together to build a better community.
Throughout the year, community members and visitors may participate in Chamber events like the Spring Business Expo, Annual Gumbo Flats Pumpkin Run, Summer Concerts in Faust Park and Winter Festival. These community events are for all residents to enjoy and go a long way in generating community pride and unity. Chesterfield has an abundance of entertainment opportunities and the aforementioned are just the tip of the iceberg.
Two primary factors in the tremendous residential growth of Chesterfield are the community's ideal West St. Louis County location and its top rated school districts. Chesterfield passes with flying colors when it comes to offering its citizens the finest in private, public and university level education. Nestled amongst quiet suburban streets, numerous private and parochial schools sit and serve the educational needs and desires of neighborhood residents while many nationally recognized universities and local community colleges are located within close proximity, making pursuing a higher education a simple task without having to commute far, or entirely move away from home.
The city offers a myriad of home styles, ranging from colonial to Tudor to French to contemporary. Tree-lined streets and well-manicured lawns and gardens further accentuate the area's homes, making living in one of Chesterfield's many neighborhoods a peaceful, rewarding experience. For those seeking a more carefree style of living, the city offers an array of attractive condominium and townhouse communities in a wide range of prices. Many include such amenities as swimming pools, tennis courts, private lakes, clubhouses and walking trails. Of course, you do not have to live in one of these communities to enjoy such amenities. With the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers nearby, the city and its endless pedestrian trails, pathways, and the vast expanse of parkland scattered throughout the area offer plenty to see and do. Still, a sense of privacy is always nice and these private communities serve to satisfy such a desire. Chesterfield also boasts a large number of retirement communities offering independent living, assisted living, nursing home care or any combination of the three.
Residents and visitors can also enjoy spending the day at the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center. Located west of the Chesterfield Mall on the corner of Lydia Hill and Chesterfield Parkway, the Aquatic Center features the ever-popular lazy river, diving boards with slides, a wading pool, and even a 25-yard competitive pool. The Center also offers swimming lessons, private rentals for parties, and even offers group discounts off of the general admission.
Residents enjoy visiting the 200-acre Faust Park, walking through the city's historic village, or visiting the magnificent butterfly house. During the evening, they enjoy dining in one of many award-winning restaurants, window-shopping the many boutiques and specialty stores, attending a live performance at the community theatre, or admiring wonderful artistic creations at a local art gallery.
When it comes to preserving the city's heritage, Chesterfield's Historic Society performs an excellent service. Unlike most cities that grow from a single "named community" within Chesterfield's city limits there were once six towns, each with their own post office. However, one by one, the post offices would close or transfer until only the Chesterfield post office remained. One of four structures in Chesterfield that is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places is Governor Bates' "Thornhill." This building dates back to 1815. Thornhill is the oldest standing Governor's residence in Missouri and the site was part of the first 98 acres donated by Leicester and Mary Faust to the St. Louis County Parks System in 1968. This donated land marked the origin of Faust Park. Among Chesterfield's other architectural treasures are 20 homes more than 100 years old. These so called "Century Houses" were recognized and their current owners presented with appropriate framed certificates at ceremonies held at Faust Park's "Thornhill" in November 1997. Chesterfield, beyond being one of St. Louis County's most successful and fastest growing communities, also has a colorful past; a past better studied at one of the city's many historical sites or museums.
Such a colorful past has lent itself to today's thriving economy and together they will serve to create a positive future for the Chesterfield community and its residents. The area is bustling with opportunity whether your social pursuit is business, entertainment or retirement. If you are considering relocation to a new area, consider Chesterfield as a viable candidate while conducting your search.