In French, the word Belleville means "Beautiful City." The name chosen for this city couldn't be more accurate. Historical buildings and homes, the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Peter, long-lived traditions, and of course the people, all make Belleville a beautiful place to live and visit. There are more than 44,000 citizens living in Belleville. This city is an attractive place to raise a family and live the suburban life while reaping the benefits of city life, as St. Louis is only 30 minutes away.