O'Fallon, Missouri

Coordinates: 38°45′54″N 90°45′29″W / 38.76500°N 90.75806°W / 38.76500; -90.75806
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O'Fallon, Missouri
Fort Zumwalt Park
Flag of O'Fallon, Missouri
Official seal of O'Fallon, Missouri
Motto: 
Tradition with Vision
Location in the state of Missouri
Location in the state of Missouri
Coordinates: 38°45′54″N 90°45′29″W / 38.76500°N 90.75806°W / 38.76500; -90.75806
CountryUnited States
State Missouri
CountySt. Charles
MetroGreater St. Louis
First Settled1856
IncorporatedSeptember 25, 1912
Government
 • TypeMayor-council government
Area
 • City30.51 sq mi (79.01 km2)
 • Land30.50 sq mi (79.00 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation614 ft (187 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City91,316
 • Density2,993.67/sq mi (1,155.87/km2)
 • Metro
2,810,056 (US: 19th)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63366, 63368
Area code636
FIPS code29-54074
GNIS feature ID2395303[3]
Websitewww.ofallon.mo.us

O'Fallon (/ˈfælən/ oh-FAL-ən) is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. It is part of the St. Louis metropolitan statistical area, located along Interstates 64 and 70 between Lake St. Louis and St. Peters. As of the 2020 census, O'Fallon had a population of 91,316, making it the most populous suburb of St. Louis, as well as the most populous municipality in St. Charles County and the 7th most populous in Missouri. O'Fallon's namesake in St. Clair County, Illinois, is also part of the St. Louis region. The two cities are one of the few pairs of same-named municipalities to be part of the same metro area.

History[edit]

St. Mary's Institute of O'Fallon

O'Fallon was founded in 1856 by Nicholas Krekel.[4] The community was named by Krekel's older brother, Judge Arnold Krekel, after John O'Fallon, the president of the North Missouri Railroad.[5] A post office called O'Fallon has been in operation since 1859 with Nicholas Krekel as first postmaster.[6] The St. Mary's Institute of O'Fallon was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[7]

In 2006, Money magazine named O'Fallon 39th in its "Best 100 Places to Live".[8] The magazine also ranked O'Fallon 68th out of 100 in 2008,[9] 26th out of 100 in 2010,[10] and 42nd out of 100 in 2017.[11]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.20 square miles (75.63 km2), of which 29.19 square miles (75.60 km2) are land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is covered by water.[12]

Climate[edit]

O'Fallon has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa). Summers are hot and humid, while winters are moderately cold.

Climate data for O'Fallon, Missouri
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 76
(24)
85
(29)
88
(31)
94
(34)
92
(33)
97
(36)
105
(41)
107
(42)
102
(39)
95
(35)
85
(29)
76
(24)
107
(42)
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 38
(3)
45
(7)
55
(13)
66
(19)
75
(24)
83
(28)
88
(31)
87
(31)
80
(27)
69
(21)
55
(13)
42
(6)
65
(19)
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 18
(−8)
24
(−4)
33
(1)
44
(7)
54
(12)
63
(17)
68
(20)
66
(19)
58
(14)
45
(7)
35
(2)
24
(−4)
44
(7)
Record low °F (°C) −23
(−31)
−14
(−26)
−11
(−24)
18
(−8)
26
(−3)
39
(4)
45
(7)
36
(2)
27
(−3)
19
(−7)
−5
(−21)
−28
(−33)
−28
(−33)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.79
(45)
2.26
(57)
3.38
(86)
3.58
(91)
4.34
(110)
3.62
(92)
4.18
(106)
3.13
(80)
3.29
(84)
3.10
(79)
3.56
(90)
2.41
(61)
38.64
(981)
Source: [13]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1880295
1920588
19305941.0%
19406184.0%
195078927.7%
19603,770377.8%
19707,01886.2%
19808,67723.6%
199018,698115.5%
200046,169146.9%
201079,32971.8%
202091,31615.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 United States census[15] counted 91,316 people, 31,681 households, and 23,754 families in O'Fallon. The population density was 2,994.0 per square mile (1,155.9/km2). There were 32,740 housing units at an average density of 1,073.4 per square mile (414.4/km2). The racial makeup was 82.28% (75,133) white, 5.06% (4,620) black or African-American, 0.22% (205) Native American, 4.06% (3,704) Asian, 0.1% (88) Pacific Islander, 1.46% (1,334) from other races, and 6.82% (6,232) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 3.5% (3,067) of the population.

Of the 31,681 households, 37.5% had children under the age of 18; 60.5% were married couples living together; 21.9% had a female householder with no husband present. Of all households, 19.9% consisted of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.8 and the average family size was 3.2.

25.4% of the population was under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.5 years. For every 100 females, the population had 97.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older, there were 93.2 males.

The 2016-2020 5-year American Community Survey[16] estimates show that the median household income was $92,498 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,539) and the median family income was $106,419 (+/- $3,781). Males had a median income of $56,446 (+/- $2,450) versus $36,747 (+/- $2,327) for females. The median income for those above 16 years old was $45,900 (+/- $2,496). Approximately, 2.6% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under the age of 18 and 3.9% of those ages 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[17] of 2010, 79,329 people, 28,234 households, and 21,436 families were residing in the city. The population density was 2,717.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,049.3/km2). The 29,376 housing units averaged 1,006.4 per square mile (388.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.9% White, 4.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 2.7% of the population.

Of the 28,234 households, 44.7% had children under 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.1% were not families. About 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.80, and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 34.3 years. The age distribution of the city was 30% under 18; 7.1% between 18 and 24; 30.8% from 25 to 44; 23.1% from 45 to 64; and 8.9% at 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

Economy[edit]

Mastercard has a major presence in O'Fallon. Venture Stores[18] was headquartered and maintained a distribution center in O'Fallon, until its dissolution. The buildings are now occupied by True Manufacturing. Air Evac Lifeteam, a medical helicopter service for the rural areas of the Ozarks, moved its headquarters to O'Fallon in 2015.

Parks and recreation[edit]

  • Civic Park, a 20-acre (8.1 ha) park, it features Alligator's Creek Aquatic Center, a bandstand and amphitheater.
  • Dames Park is a 59-acre (24 ha) sports park with three football fields and a fitness course.
  • Fort Zumwalt Park is a 47.5-acre (19.2 ha) park featuring a fishing lake, a disc golf course, playgrounds, and historic Fort Zumwalt.
  • Knaust Park is a 6-acre (24,000 m2) park with a playground and walking path.
  • O'Fallon Sports Park is a 95-acre (38 ha) soccer complex with 12 fields, playgrounds, and concessions. It is also home to the Renaud Spirit Center.
  • Ozzie Smith Sports Complex is a 76-acre (31 ha) baseball/softball complex with seven diamonds, adjacent to CarShield Field.
  • Westhoff Park is a 65-acre (26 ha) park featuring baseball diamonds, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, tennis and handball courts, and a skate park.

Sports[edit]

CarShield Field

O'Fallon was the home of the River City Rascals independent Frontier League baseball team. The Rascals played at CarShield Field in O'Fallon, which was built in 1999. It is located on Tom Ginnever Boulevard and T.R. Hughes Boulevard near downtown. The organization ceased operations after the 2019 season. The O'Fallon Hoots and the CarShield Collegiate League now play at the stadium.

Government[edit]

O'Fallon operates under a charter form of government. The mayor serves four-year terms without term limits and is also the President of the City Council. The 10-member council consists of two members from each of the five wards; the council had 8 members until the fifth ward was created in 2010. City council members served two-year terms until 2010, when they switched to three-year terms. The council elects a President Pro Tempore from among its members, who presides over the council in the mayor's absence.

Bill Hennessy has served as mayor since 2009. The most senior member of the council is Debbie Cook, who was elected to a Ward 5 seat in a 2014 special election and was re-elected in 2016, 2019, and 2022. In January 2022, city councilwoman Katie Gatewood became the first elected official in O'Fallon to be impeached and removed from office. She was accused of impeding the duties of the police chief and lying to the Council about the identity of a whistleblower.[19]

As of January 2023, there is one vacancy on the council: Ward 1 councilman and President Pro Tem Dave Hinman resigned after being elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. Ward 2 councilman Tom Herweck succeeded him as President Pro Tem.

O'Fallon City Council Composition (Dec. 2022)
Ward Name First elected Term expires
1 Vacant
Deana Smith 2019 2025
2 Tom "Duke" Herweck (President Pro Tem) 2016 2025
Lisa Thompson 2020 2023
3 Nathan Bibb 2019 2023
Steve Koskela 2022 2025
4 Jeff Kuehn 2017 2023
Jim Ottomeyer 2019 2025
5 Debbie Cook 2014 2025
Ron Connell 2022 (appointed) 2023

Education and libraries[edit]

Fort Zumwalt North High School

O'Fallon is served mostly by the Fort Zumwalt School District. The westernmost part is served by the Wentzville R-IV School District. The south to southeastern part of the city is served by the Francis Howell R-III School District.[20]

St. Dominic High School is a private Catholic school located in O'Fallon; Christian High School is a nondenominational Christian secondary school also located in O'Fallon.

Satellite campuses of Webster University and Lindenwood University are located in O'Fallon.

O'Fallon is served by the St. Charles City-County Library system, which has three branches in the area, two standard (Deer Run and Middendorf-Kredell) and one "express" location (Library Express at Winghaven).[21]

Infrastructure[edit]

While the City is within the jurisdiction of multiple agencies, fire protection is mostly provided by the O'Fallon Fire Protection District,[22] which in 2007 became the first internationally accredited fire agency in Missouri. The award was made by the Center for Public Safety Excellence's Commission on Fire Accreditation International, which has approved accreditation status for only 120 fire agencies worldwide.

The western portion of the city is served by the Wentzville Fire Protection District.[23] The eastern portion of the city is served by Central County Fire Rescue. The southern portion of the city is served by the Cottleville Fire Protection District The far southwestern portion of the city is served by the New Melle Fire District An extremely small portion of the city is served by the Lake Saint Louis Fire District

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "O'Fallon Elected Officials". City of O'Fallon, Missouri. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: O'Fallon, Missouri
  4. ^ "St. Charles County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. pp. 356.
  6. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "100 Best Places to Live". Money Magazine. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  9. ^ "100 Best Places to Live". Money Magazine. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  10. ^ "100 Best Places to Live". Money Magazine. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  11. ^ "O'Fallon, Missouri is MONEY's No. 42 Best Place to Live in America". Money.com. September 18, 2017. Archived from the original on April 29, 2022. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  13. ^ "Average Weather for O'Fallon, MO - Temperature and Precipitation". Weather.com. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  15. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 17, 2023.
  16. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 17, 2023.
  17. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  18. ^ "Welcome to Venture." Venture Stores. January 11, 1998. Retrieved on August 14, 2009.
  19. ^ "O'Fallon City Council votes to impeach councilwoman". January 28, 2022.
  20. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: St. Charles County, MO" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 23, 2023. - Text list with school district names.
  21. ^ "Branches & Hours". Mylibrary.org. Archived from the original on May 26, 2020.
  22. ^ http://ofallonfire.org ofallonfire.org
  23. ^ http://wentzvillefire.org wentzvillefire.org

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