St. Charles County, Missouri

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St. Charles County, Missouri
St. Charles County Missouri Courthouse 20141018 A.jpg
County Courthouse in St. Charles
Map of Missouri highlighting St. Charles County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded October 1, 1812
Named for Charles Borromeo
Seat St. Charles
Largest city O'Fallon
Area
 • Total 592 sq mi (1,533 km2)
 • Land 560 sq mi (1,450 km2)
 • Water 32 sq mi (83 km2), 5.39%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 373,495
 • Density 667/sq mi (257.51/km²)
Congressional districts 2nd, 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.sccmo.org

St. Charles County is a county located in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 360,485,[1] making it the third most populous county in Missouri. Its county seat is St. Charles.[2] The county was organized October 1, 1812 and named for Saint Charles Borromeo, an Italian cardinal.

St. Charles County is part of the St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area and contains many of the city's northern suburbs.

The wealthiest county in Missouri,[3] St. Charles County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. The county is also recognized as very conservative, ranking in the top 100 nationally, and many residents support a gun culture.[4]

St. Charles County includes an area of vineyards and wineries whose distinction has been nationally recognized. On its rural outer edge along the south-facing bluffs above the Missouri River is an area of numerous wineries, so that Missouri Route 94 is sometimes called the Missouri Weinstrasse. The area includes the Augusta AVA, designated in 1980 as the first American Viticultural Area by the federal government.

History[edit]

The County of St. Charles was originally called the District of St. Charles and had no definite limits until 1816 to 1818 when neighboring counties were formed.[5] The borders of St. Charles are the same today as they were in 1818.

Geography[edit]

The county has a total area of 592 square miles (1,534 km²), of which, 560 square miles (1,451 km²) of it is land and 32 square miles (83 km²) of it (5.39%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

  • I-64.svg I-64 – Major freeway in the western portion of the county. Originally U.S. Route 40, the highway was upgraded to Interstate standards in the late 2000s. The highway was resigned as Interstate 64 from the Daniel Boone Bridge to Interstate 70 in Wentzville in 2009.
  • I-70.svg I-70 – The major east-west thoroughfare in the county. It is mostly a six-lane freeway throughout most of the county but there are sections in St. Charles and St. Peters where the Interstate widens to 11 lanes of traffic.
  • US 40.svg US-40
  • US 61.svg US-61
  • US 67.svg US-67
  • MO-79.svg Rte-79
  • MO-94.svg Rte-94
  • MO-364.svg Rte-364 – An eight-lane freeway currently under construction in the southern and central portions of the county. The freeway begins at Interstate 270 in western St. Louis County and currently ends at Missouri Route 94 just to the west of Mid Rivers Mall Drive. The freeway will eventually be extended westward to Interstate 64 in Lake St. Louis; the final phase of it will be complete in November 2014.
  • MO-370.svg Rte-370 – A six-lane freeway that connects Interstate 70 in St. Charles County and Interstate 270 in St. Louis County.

Major municipalities[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 3,505
1820 3,970 13.3%
1830 4,320 8.8%
1840 7,911 83.1%
1850 11,454 44.8%
1860 16,523 44.3%
1870 21,304 28.9%
1880 23,065 8.3%
1890 22,977 −0.4%
1900 24,474 6.5%
1910 24,695 0.9%
1920 22,828 −7.6%
1930 24,354 6.7%
1940 25,562 5.0%
1950 29,834 16.7%
1960 52,970 77.5%
1970 92,954 75.5%
1980 144,107 55.0%
1990 212,907 47.7%
2000 283,883 33.3%
2010 360,485 27.0%
Est. 2013 373,495 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2013 Estimate[1]

As of 2010, there were 360,485 people, 132,906 households, and 77,060 families residing in the county. The population density was 643 people per square mile (1665/km²). There were 142,766 housing units at an average density of 73 persons/km² (188 persons/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 91.3% White, 4.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 101,663 households out of which 40.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.20% were married couples living together, 9.20% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 24.20% were non-families. 19.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.00% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 8.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $71,458, and the median income for a family was $64,415. Males had a median income of $44,528 versus $29,405 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,592. 4.00% of the population and 2.80% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 4.90% are under the age of 18 and 5.10% are 65 or older.

St. Charles County, with an estimated population of 373,495, has been one of the fastest-growing counties in the country for decades, with 55% growth in the 1970s, 48% in the 1980s, 33% in the 1990s, and another 27% in the 2000s. The county features a cross-section of industry, as well as extensive retail and some agriculture. With the Missouri River on the south and east and the Mississippi River on the north, the county is bisected east to west by Interstate 70. St. Charles County has two small airports, St. Charles County Smartt Airport and St. Charles Airport, and two ferries that cross the Mississippi River.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

  • Fort Zumwalt R-II School District – O'Fallon
    • Joseph L. Mudd Elementary School – (K-02) – O'Fallon
    • St. Peters Elementary School – (K-02) – St. Peters
    • Dardenne Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Emge Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Hawthorn Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Peters
    • Mid Rivers Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Peters
    • Mount Hope Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Ostmann Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Pheasant Point Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Progress South Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Peters
    • Rock Creek Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Twin Chimneys Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Westhoff Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Forest Park Elementary School – (03-05) – O'Fallon
    • Lewis & Clark Elementary School – (03-05) – St. Peters
    • Dr. Bernard J. DuBray Middle School – (06-08) – St. Peters
    • Ft. Zumwalt North Middle School – (06-08) – O'Fallon
    • Ft. Zumwalt South Middle School – (06-08) – St. Peters
    • Ft. Zumwalt West Middle School – (06-08) – O'Fallon
    • Ft. Zumwalt East High School – (09-12) – St. Peters
    • Ft. Zumwalt North High School – (09-12) – O'Fallon
    • Ft. Zumwalt South High School – (09-12) – St. Peters
    • Ft. Zumwalt West High School – (09-12) – O'Fallon
  • Francis Howell R-III School District – St. Peters
    • Early Childhood Family Education Center – (PK) – St. Peters
    • Early Childhood Family Education Center – (PK) – St. Peters
    • Early Childhood Family Education Center – (PK) – Weldon Spring
    • Becky-David Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Peters
    • Castlio Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Peters
    • Central Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Peters
    • Daniel Boone Elementary School – (K-05) – New Melle
    • Fairmount Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Peters
    • Harvest Ridge Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Charles
    • Henderson Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Peters
    • Independence Elementary School – (K-05) – Weldon Spring
    • John Weldon Elementary School – (K-05) – Dardenne Prairie
    • Warren Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Peters
    • Barnwell Middle School – (06-08) – St. Peters
    • Bryan Middle School – (06-08) – Weldon Spring
    • Francis Howell Middle School – (06-08) – Weldon Spring
    • Hollenbeck Middle School – (06-08) – St. Peters
    • Saeger Middle School – (06-08) – Cottleville
    • Francis Howell Central High School – (09-12) – Cottleville
    • Francis Howell North High School – (09-12) – St. Peters
    • Francis Howell High School – (09-12) – Weldon Spring Heights
  • Orchard Farm R-V School District – St. Charles
    • Discovery Elementary School – (PK-02) – St. Charles
    • Orchard Farm Elementary School – (K-05) – St. Charles
    • Orchard Farm Middle School – (06-08) – St. Charles
    • Orchard Farm High School – (09-12) – St. Charles
  • St. Charles R-VI School District – St. Charles
    • Coverdell Elementary School – (K-04) – St. Charles
    • George M. Null Elementary School – (K-04) – St. Charles
    • Harris Elementary School – (K-04) – St. Charles
    • Monroe Elementary School – (K-04) – St. Charles
    • Lincoln Elementary School – (K-04) – St. Charles
    • Jefferson Intermediate School – (05-06) – St. Charles
    • Hardin Middle School – (07-08) – St. Charles
    • St. Charles High School – (09-12) – St. Charles
    • St. Charles West High School – (09-12) – St. Charles
  • Wentzville R-IV School District – Wentzville
    • Early Childhood Center – (PK) – Wentzville
    • Heritage Primary School – (K-02) – Wentzville
    • Boone Trail Elementary School – (K-05) – Wentzville
    • Crossroads Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Duello Elementary School – (K-05) – Lake St. Louis
    • Discovery Ridge Elementary School – (K-05) – Lake St. Louis
    • Green Tree Elementary School – (K-05) – Lake St. Louis
    • Peine Ridge Elementary School – (K-05) – Wentzville
    • Prairie View Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Heritage Intermediate School – (03-05) – Wentzville
    • Frontier Middle School – (06-08)– O'Fallon
    • Wentzville Middle School – (06-08) – Wentzville
    • Wentzville South Middle School – (06-08) – Wentzville
    • Liberty High School – (09-10) – Lake St. Louis
    • Emil E. Holt High School – (09-12) – Wentzville
    • Timberland High School – (09-12) – Wentzville

Private schools[edit]

Alternative schools[edit]

  • Boonslick State School – St. Peters – Special Education
  • Fort Zumwalt Hope High School – O'Fallon – Other/Alternative School – (09-12)
  • Francis Howell Union High School – St. Charles – Other/Alternative School – (09-12)
  • Heritage Landing – St. Peters – Other/Alternative School – (06-12)
  • Lewis & Clark Career Center – St. Charles – Vocational/Technical School – (09-12)
  • Quest Day Treatment Center – St. Charles – Other/Alternative School – (06-12)

Higher education[edit]

Law and government[edit]

St. Charles County is governed by a county executive and a county council. The county council consists of seven members, each elected from various districts in the county. The county executive is elected by the entire county. The current executive is Steve Ehlmann. He was preceded by Joe Oertwerth, who was preceded by Gene Schwendemann, the first county executive of St. Charles County under the new form of government. The executive under the old form of county government was termed a "judge." The county produced 243,382 registered voters as of 2010.[8]

Cities and towns[edit]

St. Charles County has 21 municipalities:

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Republican Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in St. Charles County. Republicans hold all the elected positions in the county.[9]

Position Incumbent Party
Assessor Scott Shipman Republican
Collector Michelle McBride Republican
Council Member – District 1 Joe Cronin Republican
Council Member – District 2 Joseph Brazil Republican
Council Member – District 3 Nancy Matheny Republican
Council Member – District 4 David Hammond Republican
Council Member – District 5 Terry Hollander Republican
Council Member – District 6 Mike Klinghammer Republican
Council Member – District 7 John White Republican
County Executive Steve Ehlmann Republican
Director of Elections Rich Chrismer Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar Republican[10]
Recorder Barbara J. Hall Republican
Sheriff Tom Neer Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 44.51% 82,440 53.84% 99,705 1.65% 3,058
2004 55.90% 91,323 42.96% 70,184 1.14% 1,865
2000 58.24% 74,357 39.49% 50,415 2.27% 2,907
1996 49.48% 47,886 48.01% 46,462 2.50% 2,424

St. Charles County is divided into nine legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 12 – Douglas A. Funderburk (R-St. Peters). Consists of some of St. Peters, O’Fallon, and Dardenne Prairie, and the community of Cottleville.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 12 – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Douglas A. Funderburk 9,800 67.38
Democratic Richard Trueba 4,744 32.62
  • District 13 – Chuck Gatschenberger (R-Lake St. Louis). Consists of some of Dardenne Prairie and the communities of Flint Hill, Foristell, Josephville, Lake St. Louis, O’Fallon, St. Paul, and Wentzville.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 13 – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Chuck Gatschenberger 16,135 67.65
Democratic Vickie Boedeker 7,715 32.35
Missouri House of Representatives – District 14 – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kathie Conway 8,886 66.18
Democratic Kyle Meadows 4,542 33.82
Missouri House of Representatives – District 15 – St. Charles County (Special Election – November 29, 2011)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Chrissy Sommer 1,875 49.29
Democratic Paul Woody 1,835 48.24
Libertarian Bill Slantz 94 2.47
Missouri House of Representatives – District 16 – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mark A. Parkinson 8,776 66.54
Democratic Debbie Bixler 4,414 33.46
  • District 17 – Vicki A. Schneider (R-St. Charles). Consists of some of O’Fallon, St. Charles and St. Peters, as well as the communities of Portage Des Sioux and West Alton.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 17 – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicki A. Schneider 8,104 55.66
Democratic Kenny Biermann 6,456 44.34
  • District 18 – Anne Zerr (R-St. Charles). Consists of a little over half of the city of St. Charles.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 18 – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Anne Zerr 7,165 68.23
Democratic Gary McKiddy 3,337 31.77
  • District 19 – Kurt Bahr (R-O’Fallon). Consists of a little over half of the city of O’Fallon and two-thirds of Dardenne Prairie.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 19 – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kurt Bahr 10,474 66.89
Democratic Matt Simmons 5,185 33.11
Missouri House of Representatives – District 109 – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott D. Dieckhaus 3,398 100.00

St. Charles County is divided into two districts in the Missouri Senate, both of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 2 – Scott T. Rupp (R-Wentzville). Consists of the communities of Augusta, Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, Flint Hill, Foley, Foristell, Josephville, Lake St. Louis, New Melle, O'Fallon, St. Paul, Weldon Spring, Weldon Spring Heights, and Wentzville.
Missouri Senate – District 2 – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott T. Rupp 46,610 71.82
Democratic Don Crozier 18,290 28.18
  • District 23 – Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles). Consists of Portage Des Sioux, St. Charles, St. Peters, and West Alton.
Missouri Senate – District 23 – St. Charles County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tom Dempsey 50,821 60.19
Democratic Larry Willis 33,613 39.81

Federal[edit]

Most of St. Charlres County is included in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District and is currently represented by Todd Akin (R-Town & Country) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Todd Akin 69,760 67.13
Democratic Arthur Lieber 30,773 29.61
Libertarian Steve Mosbacher 3,377 3.25

A small portion of St. Charles County is also included in Missouri’s 9th Congressional District and is currently represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 9th Congressional District – St. Charles County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 14,638 80.59
Libertarian Christopher W. Dwyer 3,523 19.41

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 54.27% 102,550 44.55% 84,183 1.18% 2,224
2004 58.61% 95,826 40.89% 66,855 0.50% 807
2000 56.04% 72,114 41.81% 53,806 2.15% 2,766
1996 46.66% 47,705 40.46% 41,369 12.88% 13,172
St. Charles County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 14,705 (34.95%)
Mike Huckabee 9,185 (21.83%)
Mitt Romney 15,869 (37.72%)
Ron Paul 1,613 (3.83%)
St. Charles County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 23,611 (50.14%)
Barack Obama 22,356 (47.48%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 821 (1.74%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "County-Level Unemployment and Median Household Income for Missouri". www.ers.usda.gov. USDA Economic Research Service. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  4. ^ "America’s 100 most conservative-friendly counties". Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  5. ^ Bryan, William S. (1993). St. Charles Co., Missouri: biographical sketches from pioneer families of Missouri by Bryan and Rose. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Registered Voters in Missouri 2010". Missouri Secretary of State. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Election Results". St. Charles County, Missouri. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ Korando, Russell (November 23, 2012). "St. Charles County judge nominated for prosecutor". St. Charles County Suburban Journal. Retrieved December 3, 2013. "Ehlmann was required to appoint someone from the same political party as Banas, a Republican, to serve until the office comes up for election in November 2014." 

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