Ferguson, Missouri

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Ferguson, Missouri
City of Ferguson
Ferguson's Church Street in 2012
Ferguson's Church Street in 2012
Motto: "Proud Past. Promising Future!"
Location within St. Louis County (left) and Missouri (right)
Location within St. Louis County (left) and Missouri (right)
Coordinates: 38°44′39″N 90°18′19″W / 38.74417°N 90.30528°W / 38.74417; -90.30528Coordinates: 38°44′39″N 90°18′19″W / 38.74417°N 90.30528°W / 38.74417; -90.30528[1]
Country United States
State Missouri
County St. Louis
Municipal incorporation 1894
 • Mayor James Knowles III
 • Mayor Pro Tem Keith Kallstrom
 • City Manager John Shaw
 • Total 6.20 sq mi (16.06 km2)
 • Land 6.19 sq mi (16.03 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation[1] 502 ft (153 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 21,203
 • Estimate (2013)[4] 21,111
 • Density 3,400/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63135
Area code 314
FIPS code 29-23986[1]
GNIS feature ID 0756046[1]
Website City of Ferguson

Ferguson is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States.[1]

It is part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area. The population was 21,203 at the 2010 census.[5]


Ferguson had its start in 1855 when William B. Ferguson deeded 10 acres (4.0 ha) of land to the Wabash Railroad in exchange for a new depot and naming rights.[6][7] The settlement that sprang up around the depot was called Ferguson Station.[8] Ferguson was the first outside station[clarification needed] connected to St. Louis.[9]

Ferguson's first schoolhouse was built in 1878. Ferguson was incorporated as a city in 1894.[10]

Emerson Electric moved its headquarters to Ferguson during the 20th century.[8]

2014 shooting and unrest[edit]

On August 9, 2014, an 18-year-old man, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson Police Department officer.[11][12] The incident sparked protests and acts of vandalism in Ferguson as well as widespread calls for an investigation into the incident.[13] On August 10, after a day of vigils, looting of businesses, vandalizing vehicles and protestors violent clashes with police occurred.[14][15][16] On August 18, National Guard troops arrived in Ferguson at the request of the Governor of Missouri Jay Nixon, who also ended midnight to 5:00 a.m. curfews that had been imposed.[17] On November 24, a grand jury decided that it would not indict Wilson in the shooting death of Brown.[18] Following the announcement of the grand jury's decision, there were peaceful protests as well as rioting.[19][20]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.20 square miles (16.06 km2), of which 6.19 square miles (16.03 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[2]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 1,015
1910 1,658 63.3%
1920 1,874 13.0%
1930 3,798 102.7%
1940 5,724 50.7%
1950 11,573 102.2%
1960 22,149 91.4%
1970 28,759 29.8%
1980 24,740 −14.0%
1990 22,286 −9.9%
2000 22,406 0.5%
2010 21,203 −5.4%
Est. 2013 21,111 [4] −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[21]

The population of Ferguson grew rapidly during the late nineteenth century. In 1880 the population of the then Ferguson Station was 185 people. By 1890 the population was recorded as being 750 and only four years later it had increased to 1200.[22] The population of Ferguson continued to grow rapidly during the first six decades of the twentieth century, from 1,015 people in 1900 to 22,149 people in 1960, an average growth rate of 5% per year. Since 1960 the population has remained nearly constant.

The racial composition of Ferguson has shifted, however. In 1970, 99% of the population of Ferguson was White and 1% African American. In 1980, the proportion of White residents went down to 85%, whereas the proportion of African American rose to 14%. In 1990, residents of Ferguson who were identified in the U.S. Census as White comprised 73.8% of the total, while those identified as Black made up 25.1%.[23] (The remainder, 1.1%, identified with other racial categories.) In the 2000 census, 44.7% were White and 52.4% were African American.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 census,[3] there were 21,203 people, 8,192 households, and 5,500 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,425.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,322.6/km2). There were 9,105 housing units at an average density of 1,470.9 per square mile (567.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 67.4% African American, 29.3% White, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic and Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 8,192 households of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 29.6% were married couples living together, 31.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.9% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% 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 3.12.

The median age in the city was 33.1 years. 28.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.8% male and 55.2% female.


The city is home to the headquarters of Emerson Electric.[24][25]


Ferguson City Hall

The Mayor of Ferguson is directly elected for a three-year term.[26] Voter turnout in the most recent mayoral election was approximately 12%.[27][28] The Mayor ran unopposed.[28] The Ferguson city council is composed of six members.[27]

The Ferguson Police Department is involved with the following public programs: Business Watch, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), D.A.R.E. Program, Neighborhood Watch, School Resource Officers, Riot Patrol.[citation needed] On March 4, 2015, the Ferguson Police Department was faulted by the United States Department of Justice for civil rights violations. According to the New York Times, the Ferguson Police Department was found responsible for "routinely violating the constitutional rights of its black residents." The Department of Justice argued that the Ferguson Police Department and the City of Ferguson relied on these unconstitutional practices in order to balance the city's budget through racially-motivated excessive fines and punishments.[29]

The Ferguson Fire Department has two fire stations that are staffed 24 hours a day. House #1 has a pumper truck and a rescue truck, while House #2 has a pump and ladder vehicle and a reserve pumper truck.[citation needed]


St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, which has about 8,000 students, is located in Ferguson.

The following public schools, all part of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, are located within the city of Ferguson:

  • McCluer South-Berkeley High School, enrollment 2,882
  • Ferguson Middle School, enrollment 700
  • Central Elementary School
  • Griffith Elementary School
  • Johnson-Wabash Elementary School
  • Lee-Hamilton Elementary School
  • Vogt Elementary School

The following private schools are located within the city of Ferguson:

  • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe School
  • Zion Lutheran School

Ferguson is also home to the Challenger Learning Center – St. Louis, which provides a space education program.

The Ferguson Municipal Public Library is one of several independent community libraries in St. Louis County and is a member of the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County.


There are 19 Christian denomination churches in Ferguson.[30]

Notable people[edit]

This list may include persons born in the community, past residents, and current residents.


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  14. ^ Yang, John (August 10, 2014). "Looting Erupts After Vigil for Slain Missouri Teen Michael Brown". NBC News. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
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  16. ^ Scher Zagier, Alan. "Police, protesters again clash outside St. Louis". Star-telegram.com (Ft. Worth). Associated Press. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
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  30. ^ http://www.churchfinder.com/churches/mo/ferguson
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  32. ^ "MUTIGERS.COM Tyron Woodley Bio – Official Athletic Site Official Athletic Site – Wrestling". Mutigers.com. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 

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