Location of Bel-Ridge, Missouri
|• Total||0.80 sq mi (2.07 km2)|
|• Land||0.80 sq mi (2.07 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||581 ft (177 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,728|
|• Density||3,421.3/sq mi (1,321.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0755743|
Bel-Ridge is a northern suburban village in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 2,737 at the 2010 census. Bel-Ridge is part of the Normandy School System and borders the affluent villages of Bel-Nor and Bellerive.
Bel-Ridge is located at (38.714868, -90.328081).
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,737 people, 1,087 households, and 690 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,421.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,321.0 /km2). There were 1,249 housing units at an average density of 1,561.3 per square mile (602.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 14.2% White, 83.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.
There were 1,087 households of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 18.1% were married couples living together, 38.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.5% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.12.
The median age in the village was 28.7 years. 29.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 14.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 8.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 45.0% male and 55.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,082 people, 1,180 households, and 748 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,799.0 people per square mile (1,469.1/km²). There were 1,288 housing units at an average density of 1,587.7 per square mile (614.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 17.55% White, 79.66% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.
There were 1,180 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 23.7% were married couples living together, 34.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.26.
In the village the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.0 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $47,500, and the median income for a family was $53,550. Males had a median income of $49,844 versus $49,576 for females. The per capita income for the village was $39,073. About 13.5% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
The Bel-Ridge Police Department (BRPD) is a modernized police force responsible for law enforcement in the village. With 19 officers currently on staff, it has a ratio of about 6.5 officers per 1,000 residents, a ratio far higher than normal (the Missouri average is 2.5 officers per 1,000 residents). The BRPD operates out of a relatively new municipal building, which was finished in 2006. The BRPD operates a fleet of 3 Dodge Chargers (1 slicktop and 2 fully marked), a Chevrolet Tahoe, 2 Ford Crown Victorias, and a Dodge Avenger. The chief's car is a Dodge Magnum. The BRPD is active in traffic enforcement on Natural Bridge Road as well as I-170.
The current chief of the BRPD is Gordon Brock.
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