Chesterfield, other St. Louis areas named in Mo. "Top Ten Towns" list
Joplin was listed as the number one town, and was closely followed by Chesterfield, which ranked second.
When ranking each town, Missouri Life magazine used a two-round ranking system. Within the first round, the magazine looked at students’ performance on the Missouri Assessment Program, academic achievement awards given to schools, unemployment rates and crime rates.
The second round compared the number of entertainment facilities ie: parks, movie theaters, bookstores and restaurants in each town, and also compared the median household income and air quality.