Wentzville, Missouri

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Wentzville, Missouri
City
Old Downtown Wentzville
Old Downtown Wentzville
Location of Wentzville
Location of Wentzville
Coordinates: 38°48′58″N 90°51′26″W / 38.81611°N 90.85722°W / 38.81611; -90.85722Coordinates: 38°48′58″N 90°51′26″W / 38.81611°N 90.85722°W / 38.81611; -90.85722
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountySt. Charles County
Founded1855
Government
 • MayorNick Guccione
Area
 • Total19.98 sq mi (51.75 km2)
 • Land19.96 sq mi (51.70 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
623 ft (190 m)
Population
 • Total29,070
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
41,164
 • Density1,500/sq mi (560/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63385
Area code(s)636
FIPS code29-78442
GNIS feature ID0756888[4]
Websitewentzvillemo.org

Wentzville is a suburb of St. Louis that is located in western St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 29,070.[5] Population estimates in 2018 have placed the city's population at 41,164, making it the 16th largest city in Missouri. Wentzville was the fastest growing city in Missouri between 2000 and 2010 by percentage increased, and population estimates since 2010 indicate that Wentzville is on track to continue as the state's fastest growing city for a second consecutive decade.[6][7][8] As the site of the Rotary Park, Wentzville is host to the St. Charles County Fair and the St. Louis Renaissance Festival.

History[edit]

Wentzville was laid out in 1855.[9] The community has the name of the chief engineer of the Northern Missouri Railroad Erasmus Livingston Wentz.[10] A post office called Wentzville has been in operation since 1859.[11]

The Wentzville Tobacco Company Factory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[12]

Wentzville is the location of the first Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the United States. It began as a tree of lights to help raise money in 1967 to send gifts to active servicemen, but later evolved by 1984 to a carved eagle atop a pillar of granite. It has become a regular stop in the national "Run for the Wall" trip for veterans.[13]

Geography[edit]

Wentzville is located at 38°48'58" North, 90°51'26" West (38.816010, −90.857198).[14]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.98 square miles (51.75 km2), of which 19.96 square miles (51.70 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880541
1890457−15.5%
190051913.6%
19105393.9%
1920514−4.6%
193059616.0%
194075226.2%
19501,22763.2%
19602,742123.5%
19703,22317.5%
19803,193−0.9%
19905,08859.3%
20006,89635.5%
201029,070321.5%
Est. 201841,164[3]41.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
2018 Estimate[3]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 29,070 people, 9,767 households, and 7,852 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,456.4 inhabitants per square mile (562.3/km2). There were 10,305 housing units at an average density of 516.3 per square mile (199.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.9% White, 6.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 9,767 households of which 51.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.3% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.6% were non-families. 15.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.31.

The median age in the city was 31.2 years. 33.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33.7% were from 25 to 44; 19% were from 45 to 64; and 7.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,931 people, 2,456 households, and 1,846 families residing in the city. The population density is 478.9 people per square mile (184.9/km²). There are 2,724 housing units at an average density of 189.2 per square mile (73.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 84.63% White, 12.02% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, 2.06% from two or more races. 1.49% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,456 households out of which 43.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% are married couples living together, 17.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% are non-families. 20.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.76 and the average family size is 3.20.

In the city, the population is spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females, there are 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $47,232, and the median income for a family is $53,082. Males have a median income of $38,423 versus $25,852 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,039. 11.6% of the population and 10.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.1% of those under the age of 18 and 13.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Government[edit]

The government of Wentzville consists of a mayor, six aldermen (two for each ward), and a city administrator. City Administrator is a non-elected position, whereas the others are elected. Mayors serve four-year terms and aldermen serve two-year terms.[16] The city is divided into three wards.

Economy[edit]

The city's major employer is General Motors which has a full size van assembly plant located there, called Wentzville Assembly.

One of the city's largest employers, from 2013-2017, was Serco. The British-based company was awarded a five-year contract in 2013 to manage the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As a result of the contract, Serco opened its Affordable Care Act application processing facility in Wentzville in August of that same year in the building that was formerly home to the US Fidelis call center. The Wentzville Serco facility attracted national attention in 2014 after whistle-blower allegations revealed that workers spent large amounts of time sleeping or playing games due to lack of work.[17][18][19][20] At its peak, Serco employed approximately 1,500 employees in Wentzville. In 2018, Serco announced its closure of the Wentzville processing center to coincide with the end of its five-year contract with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Closing of the facility resulted in a loss of 850 jobs.[21]

Top employers[edit]

According to Wentzville's 2018 Popular Annual Financial Report,[22] the top employers in the city were:

# Employer # of Employees
1 General Motors 4,141
2 Wentzville R-IV School District 1,724
3 TVS Supply Chain Solutions 550
4 etrailer Corp. 354
5 Crider Health Center 330
6 City of Wentzville 282
7 Rapid Response 265
8 RK Stratman Company Inc. 198
9 Lear Corporation 194
10 SSM St. Joseph Health Center 171

Education[edit]

The Wentzville R-IV School District covers Wentzville, Lake St. Louis, Foristell, Dardenne Prairie and parts of O'Fallon.[23] There are three public high schools in the Wentzville District, Wentzville Holt High School,[24] Wentzville Timberland High School,[25] and Liberty High School. Liberty High School is in neighboring Lake St. Louis.[26]

Catholic schools in Wentzville include St. Patrick School which hosts preschool through eighth grade.[27]

Immanuel Lutheran School is a private Christian school off Highway N. Immanuel offers classes for children from preschool through 8th Grade. It's a Lutheran Exemplary status school.[28]

Lindenwood University has a satellite campus located in the building that was formerly home to the Southern Air Restaurant, which after many years as a popular stop for travelers between St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri was last owned by Chuck Berry.[29]

Midwest University, a primarily Korean-American, Christian institution offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Wentzville.

Wentzville has a public library, a branch of the St. Charles City-County Library.[30]

"In God We Trust" insignia controversy[edit]

Sally Hunt of Maryland Heights spoke to the Wentzville, MO Board of Aldermen on February 28, 2018 regarding an "In God We Trust" insignia recently mounted on the dais. Hunt was prevented from using all her allotted five minutes to speak to the council and then was forcibly removed from the room by police claiming they were acting on order of the mayor. The ACLU sued Wentzville in April 2018 on behalf of Ms Hunt which was settled in November 2018. City of Wentzville insurance will pay $2,670 to the ACLU to offset lawyers’ fees and legal cost. According to the terms of the settlement, Wentzville law enforcement officers will not to remove an person from a council meeting without probable cause. Wentzville agreed not to censor speech due to content in future open forums.[31] [32] [33] [34]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "City and Town Population Totals: 2010-2018". Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
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  6. ^ "What's up in Wentzville? The Population, Among Other Things". patch.com. March 30, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Jones, Brent. "Five things to know about the St. Louis region from the new Census numbers". stlpublicradio.org. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
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  11. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  12. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
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  15. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved January 31, 2014.
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  18. ^ Raasch, Chuck. "Serco contract to process Obamacare applications renewed for a year". stltoday.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  19. ^ Raasch, Tara Kulash, Chuck. "Workers at Wentzille Obamacare center played board games, ex-employee says". stltoday.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  20. ^ 314-340-8291, Tim Logan tlogan@post-dispatch.com. "Obamacare processing center to hire 600 in Wentzville". stltoday.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  21. ^ "Wentzville Obamacare processing center to close, affecting 850". stltoday.com. January 12, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  22. ^ "City of Wentzville Public Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended December 31, 2018" (PDF). wentzvillemo.org. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  23. ^ "Communities We Serve". Wentzville R-IV School District. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  24. ^ "Holt High". Holt High School. Wentzville R-IV School District. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  25. ^ "Timberland High". Timberland High School. Wentzville R-IV School District. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  26. ^ "Liberty High". Liberty High School. Wentzville R-IV School District. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  27. ^ "St. Patrick School". St. Patrick Parish & School. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  28. ^ "Immanuel Lutheran School". Immanuel Wentzville. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  29. ^ "Wentzville". Lindenwood University. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  30. ^ https://www.mylibrary.org/corporate-parkway-branch
  31. ^ Mehta, Hemant. "Wentzville (MO) Settles Case With Atheist Who Criticized "In God We Trust" Sign". Friendly Atheist. Archived from the original on January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  32. ^ Currier, Joel. "ACLU settles lawsuit with Wentzville removal of activist who opposed 'In God We Trust' sign". STL Today. Archived from the original on January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  33. ^ Braden, Carrie. "ACLU pleased with 'In God We Trust' settlement with City of Wentzville". St. Louis Record. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  34. ^ "ACLU of Missouri settles lawsuit with city of Wentzville". ACLU Missouri. Archived from the original on January 21, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.

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