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Attractions and Employment in Missouri Along Routes 40 and 66

Updated on October 10, 2019
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Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Downtown St. Louis, with the old Cardinals Busch Stadium and Govt Buildings.
Downtown St. Louis, with the old Cardinals Busch Stadium and Govt Buildings. | Source

An Abundance of Best Cities in America Are in Missouri

Missouri is home to at least four of the Best 100 Cities to Live in America.

This status was calculated according to recent business and economic analyses during from 2010m through 2018, and these cities have stayed on the Top 100 List for years.

Between the suburbs of St. Louis on the east and the suburbs of Kansas City on the west, approximately 200 miles of US Route 40 (America's National Road) and highway I-70 stretch between fast-growing metro satellite cities and through additional communities that offer scenic adventures and emerging economies as well.

Number 26 of the Best 100, O'Fallon MO is a growing St. Louis suburb named to the list by . Nearby is another St. Louis suburb, St. Peters in the Number 60 slot among 100 American cities that are worker- and family-friendly.

These cities offer jobs, housing that is more affordable than elsewhere in the US, effective school systems, top rate colleges, lower crime rates than elsewhere, increasing sustainability, and a number of other amenities and beneficial features. The Travel and Tourism Industry is also big in this St. Louis metropolitan area.

Bikes for rent in St. Louis at Forest Park.
Bikes for rent in St. Louis at Forest Park. | Source

Missouri's National Road Corridor

O'Fallon supports the headquarters for many important corporations, like MasterCard Global Technology and Operations. At the same time, sustainability is a major development here, with at least 400 acres of parkland and green spaces present and improving.

While O'Fallon and St. Peters are near the hub of St. Louis,'s Number 49 City, Blue Springs is near to both Independence and Kansas City MO. There, it offers much variety and travel interest for local residents and for Kansas City Missouri/Kansas commercial and vacation visitors.

Like many larger corridors in the US states, including the Ohio Space Corridor and the Southern States' Space Coast, the area between St. Louis and Kansas City presents residential/business growth and new economic potentials.

Blue Springs advertises low housing costs and lower property taxes than in other parts of the state and nation, with high-achieving schools that produce students in the top scoring percentiles of Math and Reading standardized tests. Related to this is the exciting news that the University of Missouri opened a Research Center here that will benefit from a number of funding streams long-term that will produce new products, services, and jobs.

Many of these elements will likely relate to sustainability, alternative energy, very hot new aerospace endeavors (public and private), bioengineering, and many health & medical services.

Nearby Blue Springs is Lee's Summit,also a Kansas City suburb that is among "fastest-growing" according to a number of popular business journals, and holding the Number 27 slot on Money's Best 100 Cities list.

Hot Suburbs of St Louis and Kansas City

Blue Springs MO:
Blue Springs, MO, USA

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O'Fallon MO:
O'Fallon, MO, USA

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Lee's Summit MO:
Lee's Summit, MO, USA

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St. Peters MO:
St Peters, MO, USA

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Lake St. Louis MO:
Lake St Louis, MO, USA

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Special Attractions in St. Peters and O'Fallon

  • Fort Zumwalt Park is a National Historic Park in O'Fallon. built in the early1800s just after the infamous Louisiana Purchase (Jefferson's Folly) by and for the Zumwalt Family. This was accomplished after original settlement of a plot of land by an American Revolutionary War soldier's family in 1798. The War of 1812 broke out and the fort helped protect the family from invasions on all sides.

  • Renaud Spirit Center | Welcome

    The Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) is the City of O'Fallon's 66,000 square-foot recreation facility in O'Fallon Sports Park. The RSC opened in October 2004. Enjoy extensive programming in aquatics, sports, fitness and wellness.

Major Hiring Employers: 25,000 Jobs

  1. Barnes-Jewish JC HealthCare
  2. Washington University in St. Louis
  3. Enterprise Medical
  4. Sears Holdings
  5. Saint Louis Bread Company
  6. McDonald's, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut
  7. The Home Depot, Family Dollar, Pet Smart, Target
  8. Robert Half International
  9. Mercy Med Center
  10. YMCA of Greater St. Louis
  11. Heartland Automotive Services, Inc.

Hot Jobs in St. Peters and O'Fallon

  1. Assistant Managers
  2. Registered Nurses (RNs) and Healthcare Support Staff
  3. Team Members and Shift Supervisors - Food service and other industries.
  4. Salespeople
  5. Customer Service Reps
  6. Cashiers
  7. Project Managers
  8. Administrative Assistants
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Loan Processors

Additional High Demand Jobs for St. Louis Suburbs.

  1. Jani-King Franchises - requires investment.
  2. Business Analysts
  3. Family Practice Physicians
  4. Account Managers/Account Executives

Americana on the Road - Tourist Attractions Between St. Louis and Kansas City

Don't miss the dozens of Tourist Attractions between St. Louis and Kansas City along Route 40 and I-70. Some of the highlights you'll see at the link above on your trip are:

  • World's Largest Set of Teeth - St. Louis
  • Worlds Largest Underwear - St. Louis
  • Museum of the Dog - West St. Louis
  • Nostalgiaville - Kingdom City
  • Madonna of the Trail - Lexington
  • Harry S. Truman historic sites - Independence
  • World's Largest Cap Gun - Kansas City

A 225-mile rails to trails bike/foot route (the Katy Trail) parallels US Route 40, too.

Part of the Katy Trail, 225 Miles Through Missouri Along Route 40

Route 40, Missouri:
U.S. 40, Columbia, MO, USA

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Katy Trail, Missouri:
Katy Trail, Boonville, MO 65233, USA

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Home of Daniel Boone.

Katy Trail, Missouri:
Katy Trail, Missouri, USA

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Job Surge Around Kansas City MO, 2010 - 2016

Jobs have increased dramatically since 2010!
Jobs have increased dramatically since 2010! | Source

Largest Hiring Companies

  1. Employment Agencies and Temp Services
  2. Shawnee Mission Medical Center
  3. HCA - Healthcare
  4. Ajilon Professional Staffing
  5. Aerotek
  6. All About Staffing
  7. Pizza Hut - Especially Managers, Crew/Team Members, Drivers
  8. AT&T
  9. Sprint  
  10. Truman Medical Centers
  11. Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
  12. RETAIL: Sears, Roebuck & Co., Blockbuster, Macy's
  13. Brookdale Senior Living

Top 10 Hot Jobs in Blue Springs

  1. Assistant Managers
  2. Administrative Assistants (AAs)
  3. Physical Therapists
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Occupational Therapists
  6. Salespeople
  7. Delivery Drivers
  8. Customer Service Reps
  9. Java Developers
  10. Cashiers

Additional High Demand Kansas City/Blue Springs Jobs

  1. Team Member - Casual and Fast Food dining.
  2. Restaurant General Managers
  3. Shift Managers

Jobs Distribution

A large number of jobs available for Blue Springs residents are found in nearby Kansas City MO, Overland Park and Kansas City KS (see links below), Independence MO, Lenexa and Shawnee Mission KS, Lees Summit MO (see link below), and Blue Springs itself.

Kansas City and Liberty Memorial
Kansas City and Liberty Memorial | Source

Greater Kansas City Area Attractions

Some popular attractions include:

  • Kansas City skyline in both Missouri and Kansas;


  • Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs),
  • J.C. Nichols Fountain and Giralda Tower,
  • Kaufmann Stadium (Kansas City Royals),
  • Liberty Memorial and National WWI Memorial,
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The Community Christian Church of Kansas City MO; designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Community Christian Church of Kansas City MO; designed by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Springfield and Jolly Mill or Jollification: I-44 and Route 66

St. Louis MO:
St Louis, MO, USA

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Springfield MO:
Springfield, MO, USA

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Home of the Springfield Underground industrial park built in caves below the surface of the highway.

Jolly Mill/Park, Newton County MO:
Newton, Missouri, USA

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Tulsa OK:
Tulsa, OK, USA

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Part of the Springfield Underground, a system of warehouses and businesses.
Part of the Springfield Underground, a system of warehouses and businesses. | Source

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Glad you liked Hub! I think you're fortunate to live in Missouri; I've always liked it there.

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      7 years ago from Missouri

      Wow, that Community Christian Church is in my neighborhood and I had no idea it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright! Thanks for this great hub.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      k9 - Some news reports that BlockBuster is in bankruptcy, but I expect them to merge with another company or to emerge under another name. One record shop on the East Coast keeps a huge business going with live performances to bring in business, so that's a good marketing technique BlockBuster or others might try,.

      maddy - That's nice of you to say and I'm glad it keeps you interested to the end.

      Hello, hello - I've always liked Missouri, particularly St. Louis. It's an interesting area and people were always friendly.

      dochotomy - Thanks for posting a comment!

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for the info.

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      Hello, hello, 

      11 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your interesting information about Missouri and Kansas. Very informative pictures.

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      11 years ago

      The design of your hub is so nice that it kept me reading it till the end. I voted up for this. :) Thanks for the info.

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      India Arnold 

      11 years ago from Northern, California

      It is interesting that BlockBuster is among the top jobs in expanding Missouri, or anywhere. With all of the On Demand and DVD availability these days it's nice to see a storefront hanging in there. I really enjoyed the images, graphs and Google maps you present. As always, a very well layed out hub. UP, useful and shared!



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