St. Peters, Missouri

St. Peters, Missouri

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official_name = St. Peters, Missouri
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image_caption = City park located near City Hall


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map_caption = Location of St. Peters in Missouri
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leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Len Pagano
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1910
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area_total_sq_mi = 21.2
area_total_km2 = 54.9
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population_total = 54,839 (est)
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St. Peters is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The official population estimate was 54,839 as of 2006.cite web
url =
title = Missouri by Place and County Subdivision
accessdate = 2007-07-18
date = 2006-07-01
work = American FactFinder
publisher = U.S. Census Bureau
United States Census Estimates 2006] Interstate 70 passes through the city, providing a major transportation link. In 2008 St. Peters was dubbed the 60th best place to live by Money magazine. [cite news |first=Kelsey |last=Volkmann |title=Money magazine names St. Peters one of best places to live |url= |work=St. Louis Business Journal |publisher=American City Business Journals |date=2008-07-15 |accessdate=2008-07-27 ] The "Rec-Plex" in St. Peters is an award-winning recreation and fitness that underwent an $18.5 million expansion in 2007.cite web
title = The St. Peters Rec-Plex
publisher = City of St. Peters
url =
accessdate = 2007-06-04
] The city also hosts the county's largest shopping center, Mid Rivers Mall, which plans a 120,000 sq. ft. expansion. [cite web
title = Mid River Mall's multimillion dollar expansion
publisher = Urban St. Louis
date = 2006-08-30
url =
accessdate = 2007-06-04


Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area that would become St. Peters was inhabited by Mississippian mound builders. The remains of a village were uncovered during the construction of I-70 in 1954 and a street near the site was later named Mound Drive after the mounds built by the villagers.cite web | title = History by the Decades | publisher = City of St. Peters | url = | accessdate = 2007-08-02 ]

Throughout most of the twentieth century, St. Peters was a small farming town. As recently as 1970, St. Peters had a population of only 486. The population rapidly increased to 15,700 by 1980 and within the span of a decade the community changed from a small rural town to a more suburban community. The city continued its rapid growth through the 1980s and by 1990 had a population of 40,660. St. Peters population has further increased to an estimated at 54,839 as of 2006.


St. Peters is located at coor dms|38|46|44|N|90|36|11|W|city (38.778893, -90.603131)GR|1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.2 square miles (54.9 km²), all of which is land.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 51,381 people, 18,435 households, and 13,936 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,425.5 people per square mile (936.7/km²). There were 18,776 housing units at an average density of 886.3/sq mi (342.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.25% White, 2.80% African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

There were 18,435 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $57,898, and the median income for a family was $65,123. Males had a median income of $45,497 versus $30,295 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,792. About 1.5% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.


Citizens elect a mayor and eight aldermen (two for each of four wards) to govern the city. [cite web
title = Organizational Structure: St. Peters City Government
publisher = City of St. Peters
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29
] The Mayor and Board of Aldermen appoint individuals to the positions of City Collector, [cite web
title = City Collector
publisher = City of St. Peters
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29
] City Clerk, [cite web
title = City Clerk
publisher = City of St. Peters
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29
] and City Treasurer. [cite web
title = City Treasurer
publisher = City of St. Peters
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29
] A Municipal Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, also known as the St. Peters Municipal Court, has a four-year term. [cite web
title = Municipal Judge
publisher = City of St. Peters
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29
] A City Administrator also works closely with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. [cite web
title = City Administrator
publisher = City of St. Peters
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29

The Board of Aldermen meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, except the months of November and December when one meeting is held each month on a date scheduled with the Mayor. [cite web
title = FAQ: When are Board of Aldermen Meetings?
publisher = City of St. Peters
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29

City elections are held in April of each year, per Missouri law for elected officials. Propositions may be voted upon at these elections, or others held in February, August or November. [cite web
title = FAQ: When are City elections?
publisher = City of St. Peters
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29

A special election was held April 3, 2007 in which Len Pagano was chosen to fill the remaining year of former Mayor Shawn Brown's term; [cite web
last = Bryant
first = Tim
title = In St. Peters, new mayor, four new aldermen are set to take office
publisher = St. Louis Post-Dispatch
date = 2007-04-07
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29
] Brown resigned in October 2006 after pleading guilty to soliciting and accepting a bribe. [cite web
last = Pokin
first = Steve
title = It's Prison for Brown
publisher = St. Louis Post-Dispatch Suburban Journals
date = 2007-01-31
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29
] Brown was sentenced in January 2007 to 18 months of prison and began serving his time on April 12 2007 at a minimum-security federal prison camp in Duluth, Minnesota. [cite web
last = Wade
first = Latreecia
title = Duluth was former mayor's 2nd choice
publisher = St. Peters Journal
date = 2007-04-23
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29


Three public high schools are within St. Peters city limits: Fort Zumwalt South High School with an enrollment of 2,300 students, Francis Howell North High School, and Fort Zumwalt East High School which opened in 2007. Some high school students from St. Peters attend schools in surrounding communities such as Francis Howell Central High School in neighboring Cottleville, and Fort Zumwalt North and Fort Zumwalt West High Schools in O'Fallon. Other public schools in the city include Fairmount, Hawthorn, Lewis & Clark, Mid Rivers, Progress South, Saint Peters, and Warren Elementary Schools; plus DuBray, and Fort Zumwalt South Middle Schools.

Civic facilities

The St. Peters Rec-Plex, a 230,000 sq. ft. family recreation and athletic training complex, is situated next to St. Peters City Hall. The Rec-Plex hosted the 2004 Olympic Diving Trials and is recognized as one of the USA's premiere diving facilities. [cite web
title = Diving
publisher = City of St. Peters
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-29
] St. Peters is home to Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, the county's second busiest after St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles. Barnes-Jewish serves a large portion of St. Charles County, Lincoln County, and Pike County. It is currently preparing a major expansion project which will increase its capacity from 111 rooms to 175 [cite web
url =
title = Hospital in St. Peters plans major expansion
accessdate = 2007-07-13
last = Bryant
first = Tim
date = 2007-07-02
publisher = St. Louis Post-Dispatch
] making it the second largest hospital in the county. The Spencer Road Branch library within the St. Charles City-County Library District is in St. Peters. [cite web
title = Spencer Road Map
publisher = St. Charles City-County Library District
url =
accessdate = 2007-05-28
] The city's "Recycle City" opened in April 2007 [cite web
url =
title = St. Peters, Missouri: Recycle City
accessdate = 2008-09-14
last = Johnson
first = Kelly
publisher = St. Peters City
] . This facility has the ability to recycle various types of material which is then sold to companies that use recycled goods in products. In 2007, Recycle City recycled 12,522,767 pounds of material. Due to the large volume of material and the methods used in processing, Recycle City produces a scent that is often cited as a complaint by city residents and visitors. The unpleasant smell covers a large portion of St. Peters.


External links

* [ City of St. Peters]

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