|City of Ferguson|
Ferguson's Church Street in 2012
Location within St. Louis County (left) and Missouri (right)
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• Mayor||James Knowles III|
|• 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||502 ft (153 m)|
|• Estimate (2013)||21,111|
|• Density||3,400/sq mi (1,300/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0756046|
|Website||City of Ferguson|
|This section requires expansion. (November 2014)|
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. The settlement that sprang up around the depot was called Ferguson Station. Ferguson was the first outside station connected to St. Louis.
Ferguson was incorporated as a city in 1894.
2014 shooting and unrest
On August 9, 2014, 18-year-old man Michael Brown was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson Police Department officer. The incident sparked protests and acts of vandalism in Ferguson as well as widespread calls for an investigation into the incident. On August 10, after a day of vigils, some of the crowd began looting businesses, vandalizing vehicles and confronting police who sought to block off access to several areas of the city. Police showed up with riot gear, and violent clashes between protesters and police ensued. 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. On November 24, a grand jury decided that it would not indict Wilson in the shooting death of Brown. Following the announcement of the grand jury's decision, there were peaceful protests as well as rioting.
The population of Ferguson grew 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 Fergueson 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%. (The remainder, 1.1%, identified with other racial categories.) In the 2000 census, 44.7% were White and 52.4% were African American. In the 2010 census, 29.3% were White and 67.4% were African American.
As of the 2010 census, 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.
As of the census of 2000, there were 22,406 people, 8,612 households, and 5,838 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,620.6 people per square mile (1,397.6/km²). There were 9,191 housing units at an average density of 1,485.2 per square mile (573.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.4% African American, 44.8% White, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Native American, < 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.
There were 8,612 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 25.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,134 and the median income for a family was $43,303. Males had a median income of $34,710 versus $32,649 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,524. About 10.2% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.
The mayor of Ferguson is directly elected for a three-year term. Voter turnout in the most recent mayoral election was approximately 12%. The mayor ran unopposed. The Ferguson city council is composed of six members.
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.
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.
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.
This list may include persons born in the community, past residents, and current residents.
- Jimmy Doolittle, American aviation pioneer who served with great distinction as a general during the World War II.
- Ralph Eberhart, general, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command during the September 11 attacks
- Michael McDonald, Grammy Award-winning singer.
- Henry Miller, also known as Sentoryu, mixed martial artist and former sumo wrestler.
- Susan Notorangelo, long-distance cyclist.
- Enos Slaughter, Hall of Fame-winning St. Louis Cardinals baseball player.
- Harry Tuthill, cartoonist of the syndicated comic strip, The Bungle Family.
- Tyron Woodley, American mixed martial artist, currently under contract with the UFC as a Welterweight (MMA).
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|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Ferguson.|
- City of Ferguson, official website
- Ferguson Citywalk downtown business district
- Ferguson Twilight Run
- Ferguson Municipal Library
- Ferguson Farmers' Market