Community Economic Impact | Webster University

Community Economic Impact

Source: Webster University Office of Finance and Administration and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 2016

  • $86.3 M – The net impact (income supporting the Webster Groves economy) of the University’s operations spending in Webster Groves 
  • $81.9 M – Payroll expenditures to support daily University operations in the City of Webster Groves; $49.9 M - Non-payroll expenditures to support daily University operations in Webster Groves.
  • $1.2 – New income generated for the City of Webster Groves from University-affiliated outside-of-city visitors attending University events (Commencement, sports events, Homecoming and various other University sponsored cultural activities)
  • 4,474 – The number of students enrolled at the Webster Groves campus (for fall 2015).
  • 94 Percent – Graduate and undergraduate students attending the University who originate outside the City of Webster Groves.
  • $.8 M – Added income to the Webster Groves economy from students who relocated to and spent money in Webster Groves.
  • 1,475 – The number of employees on the Webster Groves campus, making the University the largest employer in Webster Groves (as of Fall 2015).
  • 336   – The number of Webster University employees living in 63119.

Cultural Impact

The University provides many cultural resources for the community — many of which are open to the public and free of charge.

  • 48  – Conservatory of Theatre Arts theater annual performances
  • 240  – Repertory Theatre of St. Louis annual performances
  • 13  – Webster University Dance annual performances
  • 120+  – Webster University Music Department annual performances
  • 95  – Community Music School of Webster University annual performances
  • 29  – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis annual performances
  • 13 – Art and photography annual exhibits


Webster University is a sponsor of the following community activities:

  • Make a Difference Day
  • Webster Groves Chamber Heart of the Community 
  • Webster Groves Community Days
  • Art and Air Festival 
  • Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival 
  • Farmers Market
  • Old Orchard Gazebo Series
  • Webster Groves Historical Society