The elevation of an area tells us how high or low it is in relation to sea level. This is a key geographical statistic with a lot of practical uses. Elevation is most commonly measured in meters or feet, with the average elevation around the United States being 2,500 feet (760 m). The elevation of St Louis is 466 feet (142 m), with the highest point in St Louis being at an elevation of 614 feet (187 m) and the lowest point being at an elevation of 385 feet (117 m). Many other major cities around the United States have similar elevations below 500 feet (152 m).
Missouri is one of the lowest states in general, with an elevation span of 1,524 feet (470 m) between its highest and lowest points. The highest point in the state of Missouri is Taum Sauk Mountain, which is located in the Saint Francois Mountains at an elevation of 1,772 feet (540 m), while the state's lowest point is the Saint Francis River near the border with Arkansas, which has an elevation of just 230 feet (70 m). The mean elevation of the state of Missouri is 800 feet (240 m), so the elevation of St Louis is significantly lower than the state average.
The highest city in the state of Missouri is Seymour, located in Webster County at an elevation of 1,645 feet (501 m). Major cities in Missouri apart from St Louis include Kansas City, which has an elevation of 910 feet (277 m), Springfield, which has an elevation of 1,299 feet (396 m), Columbia, which has an elevation of 758 feet (231 m), and Independence, which is situated at an elevation of 1,033 feet (315 m). The elevation of St Louis is therefore a little lower than most other big cities in Missouri.