Fenton, Missouri

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Fenton, Missouri
City
Location of Fenton, Missouri
Location of Fenton, Missouri
Coordinates: 38°31′41″N 90°26′39″W / 38.52806°N 90.44417°W / 38.52806; -90.44417Coordinates: 38°31′41″N 90°26′39″W / 38.52806°N 90.44417°W / 38.52806; -90.44417
Country United States
State Missouri
County St. Louis
Founded 1818
Incorporated 1948
Government
 • Mayor Mike Polizzi
Area[1]
 • Total 6.38 sq mi (16.52 km2)
 • Land 6.05 sq mi (15.67 km2)
 • Water 0.33 sq mi (0.85 km2)
Elevation 433 ft (132 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,022
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 4,037
 • Density 664.8/sq mi (256.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Zip code 63026
Area code(s) 636
FIPS code 29-23950
GNIS feature ID 0756044[4]
Website City of Fenton

Fenton is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, and a suburb of St. Louis. The population was 4,022 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Due to its proximity to fertile land and the Meramec River, the Fenton area has been inhabited for over 900 years. The earliest proof of ancient dwellers was excavated from the "Fenton Mounds", two conical, earthen burial mounds located near the southwestern border of Fenton. Diagnostic pottery shards from the mounds indicate they date from the Mississippian times, A.D. 1050 - 1400.[5] In 2001, the mounds were leveled for construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter.[6]

The Fenton territory was occupied by native Americans and early settlers in the 1770s. William Lindsay Long founded the city of Fenton on March 23, 1818. The original eight square block area is now referred to as "Old Towne Fenton". The city remained unincorporated for the next 130 years. Garrett Hitzert was the city's first mayor after the city incorporated in 1948, his leadership helped build the foundation that much of the city's ongoing prosperity has been based on. He conceived of Fenton's expansive commercial business district that is a centerpiece of the city's fiscal success.[7]

Geography[edit]

Fenton is located at 38°31′41″N 90°26′39″W / 38.52806°N 90.44417°W / 38.52806; -90.44417 (38.527953, -90.444195).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.38 square miles (16.52 km2), of which, 6.05 square miles (15.67 km2) is land and 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2) is water.[1]

The topography of the Fenton area is predominated by rolling hills. There is no Yuengling in Fenton.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 160
1910 172 7.5%
1950 207
1960 1,059 411.6%
1970 2,275 114.8%
1980 2,417 6.2%
1990 3,346 38.4%
2000 4,360 30.3%
2010 4,022 −7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,022 people, 1,549 households, and 1,176 families residing in the city. The population density was 664.8 inhabitants per square mile (256.7 /km2). There were 1,611 housing units at an average density of 266.3 per square mile (102.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.5% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 1,549 households of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.1% were non-families. 19.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 46.7 years. 21.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19% were from 25 to 44; 37.3% were from 45 to 64; and 16% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,360 people, 1,587 households, and 1,239 families residing in the city. The population density was 710.7 people per square mile (274.6/km²). There were 1,631 housing units at an average density of 265.9 per square mile (102.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.98% White, 0.39% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 1,587 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $74,708, and the median income for a family was $80,536. Males had a median income of $56,425 versus $34,514 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,658. About 0.6% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Major corporations in Fenton[edit]

Major corporations in the city include the Nooter Corporation—makers of industrial equipment, UniGroup—owners of United and Mayflower van and truck lines, Wolff Shoe, and the Fabick Company—a large Caterpillar construction equipment dealer. Joyce Meyer Ministries is also based in Fenton. Security equipment group is also located in Fenton Missouri, 747 sun park drive.

Athletics[edit]

Fenton is home to some of the most prestigious youth soccer clubs in the nation. The St. Louis Soccer Park is located along the river in Fenton and hosts multiple professional and semi-professional soccer matches. St. Louis Soccer Park is home to SLSG, a soccer academy founded and coached by Scott Gallagher. In 2012, the U18 team from SLSG played a match against the US Soccer U18 team. Fenton is also home to the Fenton Athletic Association. Ice hockey is also a popular sport in Fenton. The Fenton Forum is home to the Rockwood Summit Falcons and the Northwest Lions ice hockey teams. In addition, it is home to the Affton Americans youth and Tier II ice hockey clubs for many home games. Every year, the Missouri Fall Face-Off takes place in Fenton.

Chrysler[edit]

Main article: Saint Louis Assembly

The former Chrysler North and South assembly plants are located on North Highway Drive in Fenton. In their later years, the South plant assembled Chrysler minivans such as the Chrysler Town & Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan, while the North plant assembled the Dodge Ram truck. The South plant ceased operations in 2008, while the North plant shut down for good in July 2009. In 2013 the site was raised as a possible location for a new stadium for the St. Louis Rams if renovations to the Edward Jones Dome do not materialize.[9]

Education[edit]

The city of Fenton is served by the Northwest, Fox, Rockwood, and Lindbergh school districts.[10] Two private schools are located in Fenton, Our Savior Lutheran School and St. Paul Catholic School. St. Louis County Library Meramec Valley Branch is in Fenton.[11][12]

Notable people[edit]

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