St Louis crime stats are considered flawed based on how things are reported and classified (often differently from other parts of the US). Also, by thetime the data is reported to the online sites it'soften old data and doesnt show the current picture. Your most accurate view is to call the local police dept or city hall and talk to them or contact friends who are still in the greater st louis area. There are many fabulous areas in St Louis that are very safe and, as in every large metropolitan area, areas which have a few issues, but sometimes the issues are a very small segment of an otherwise lovely safe area. I would be happy to send you info on areas that you are interested in.