Located 17 miles southeast of St. Louis, the village of Swansea, Ill., is a great place to call home. The popular bedroom community offers easy access to the city and is recognized as one of the fastest growing communities in the metro-east area. Approximately 13,000 people live here and enjoy the simple comforts of the suburban lifestyle. Search for Swansea apartments for rent, and find Midwestern hospitality in southern Illinois.
Swansea was founded in the late 1800s, and provided a unique mix of commerce, farming and manufacturing communities. The village's 35 residents petitioned the county government for official status in 1886, and annexed themselves from the nearby town of Belleville. Today, Swansea is a quiet suburb outside of St. Louis. The village's slogan reads "A good place to live, and growing better every day," which demonstrates the passion local authorities have for making the community a safe, nurturing home for families of all ages. Residents can live in Swansea apartments to take advantage of the city's low living expenses. Swansea's cost of living index of 88.7 is well below the national average.
Swansea is home to the annual Celtic Festival, inviting visitors to celebrate this unique culture. With food and drinks from around the world, crafts, demonstrations, entertainment and other activities, the festival is a very family-friendly event. The Swansea Farmers Market is another attraction here, and showcases fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods and meats. The market is open from May through October. Residents here also travel to St. Louis to take advantage of many regional attractions. Local favorites include the Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo, the Laumeier Sculpture Park and Forest Park.
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