St. James, Missouri

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St. James, Missouri
Business District of St. James
Business District of St. James
Nickname(s): STJ, Forest City of The Ozarks
Location of St. James, Missouri
Location of St. James, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°59′56″N 91°36′59″W / 37.99889°N 91.61639°W / 37.99889; -91.61639Coordinates: 37°59′56″N 91°36′59″W / 37.99889°N 91.61639°W / 37.99889; -91.61639
Country United States
State Missouri
County Phelps
 • Total 4.29 sq mi (11.11 km2)
 • Land 4.28 sq mi (11.09 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 1,093 ft (333 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,216
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 4,166
 • Density 985.0/sq mi (380.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 29-64424[4]
GNIS feature ID 0729639[5]

St. James is a city in Phelps County, Missouri, United States. The population was 4,216 at the 2010 census.


St. James is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains at 37°59′56″N 91°36′59″W / 37.99889°N 91.61639°W / 37.99889; -91.61639 (37.998848, -91.616386).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.29 square miles (11.11 km2), of which, 4.28 square miles (11.09 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]

St. James is surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, and boasts several award-winning wineries, antique shops, restaurants and holds a weekend Farmer's Market from summer until fall.

Water tower in St. James

Local Media[edit]

The St. James Leader-Journal has been the Voice of St. James since 1896 and has been in continual operation for a longer period of time than any other business in the St. James City Limits. The weekly newspaper is owned by GateHouse Media. Its current editor is Aaron J. Hadlow.[7] The Leader-Journal is a sister paper of The Rolla Daily News and the Waynesville Daily Guide.


2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,216 people, 1,632 households, and 1,029 families residing in the city. The population density was 985.0 inhabitants per square mile (380.3/km2). There were 1,767 housing units at an average density of 412.9 per square mile (159.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.11% White, 0.95% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.

There were 1,632 households of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 18.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.9% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 37 years. 27.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.5% were from 25 to 44; 22.3% were from 45 to 64; and 18.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

Historic places[edit]


St. James was the part-time home of Lucy Wortham James, a wealthy philanthropist who had a love for the area. She was a descendant of Thomas James, a Chillicothe, MO banker who founded the Maramec Iron Works. [1] The James Foundation, a charitable organization she founded, was responsible for the St. James City Park and the James Memorial Library, as well as Maramec Spring Park. The City of St. James now owns both the park and the public library. site search by freefind advanced Maramec Spring Park

Maramec Spring Park is one of the most beautiful spots to be found in Missouri. The park contains the fifth largest spring in the state. An average of 100 million gallons of water flows from the Spring daily. Maramec Spring Park contains 1,860 acres of forest and fields. The 200 acre public use area of the park provides many amenities and activities for visitors such as a cafe, store, camping, wildlife viewing, fish feeding, picnicking, shelters, playgrounds and fishing. The Meramec River, a clear calm Ozark stream, flows through the park providing excellent fishing.

The park is open year-round to the public. A daily entry fee is required to enter the park from mid-February through October. Annual passes may be purchased at the park. Call 573-265-7387 for more information.

Maramec Spring Park is privately owned and operated by The James Foundation.

Tourist Destinations[edit]

St. James is home to several award-winning wineries,[8] including St. James Winery. It is also home to Maramec Spring Park [9] and Public House Brewery [10]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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