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St. Charles County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting St. Charles County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded October 1, 1812
Seat St. Charles
Largest city O'Fallon
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

592 sq mi (1,533 km²)
560 sq mi (1,450 km²)
32 sq mi (83 km²), 5.39%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

405,262
658/sq mi (254.18/km²)
Website [http://[www.sccmo.org] [www.sccmo.org]]

St. Charles County is a county located in east-central Missouri in the United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 405,262,[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 Metro Area and contains many of the northern suburbs of St. Louis as well as the more exurban areas.

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] The county is expected to surpass Johnson County, Kansas by 2014 in total wealth.

St. Charles County includes an important 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 SH 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[]

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[]

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[]

Major highways[]

  • 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[]

  • O'Fallon – 79,329
  • St. Charles – 65,794
  • St. Peters – 52,575
  • Wentzville – 29,070
  • Lake St. Louis – 14,545

National protected area[]

  • Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics[]

Historical populations
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%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

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 a population of 365,151, has been one of the fastest-growing counties in the country for decades, with 55 percent growth in the 1980s, 33 percent in the 1990s, and another 27 percent 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 the Mississippi River on the north and east, 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[]

Public schools[]

  • 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
    • Heritage Primary School – (K-02) – Wentzville
    • Early Childhood Center– (PK)– Wentzville
    • Boone Trail Elementary School – (K-05) – Wentzville
    • Crossroads Elementary School – (K-05) – O'Fallon
    • Duello 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
    • Emil E. Holt High School– (09-12)– Wentzville
    • Timberland High School– (09-12)– Wentzville

Private schools[]

Alternative schools[]

  • 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[]

  • Lindenwood University – St. Charles
  • St. Charles Community College – Cottleville

Law and government[]

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[]

St. Charles County has 21 municipalities:

  • Augusta
  • Cottleville
  • Dardenne Prairie
  • Defiance
  • Flint Hill
  • Foristell
  • Harvester
  • Josephville
  • Lake St. Louis
  • Matson
  • West Alton

Politics[]

Local[]

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 Michael Elam 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 Scott Lewis Republican

State[]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 58.12% 128,230 39.84% 87,888 2.04% 4,496
2016 54.52% 103,946 42.58% 85,704 2.90% 5,836
2012 48.58% 89,144 48.97% 89,860 2.45% 4,486
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 among twelve legislative districts in the Missouri State House of Representatives, all but one of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 42 – Jeff Porter (R-Montgomery City, since 2019). Consists of Augusta, Defiance and part of New Melle.
  • District 63 – Richard West (R-New Melle, since 2021). Consists of Wentzville, Foristell, and part of New Melle.
  • District 64 – Tony Lovasco (R-O'Fallon, since 2019). Consists of Flint Hill, Josephville, St. Paul, and parts of O'Fallon and St. Peters.
  • District 65 – Tom Hannegan (R-St. Charles, since 2017). Consists of West Alton, Portage Des Sioux, and part of St. Charles.
  • District 70 – Paula Brown (D-Hazelwood, since 2019). Consists of parts of St. Charles and Weldon Spring.
  • District 102 – Ron Hicks (R-St. Charles, since 2019). Consists of Weldon Springs Heights, and parts of O'Fallon, Dardenne Prairie, New Melle, and Weldon Spring.
  • District 103 – John Wiemann (R-O'Fallon, since 2015). Consists of Cottleville and parts of O'Fallon, St. Peters, and Weldon Spring.
  • District 104 – Adam Schnelting (R-St. Charles, since 2019). Consists of part of St. Charles and St. Peters.
  • District 105 – Phil Christofanelli (R-St. Charles, since 2017). Consists of parts of St. Charles and St. Peters.
  • District 106 – Adam Schwardon (R-St. Charles, since 2021). Consists of parts of St. Charles and St. Peters.
  • District 107 – Nick Schroer (R-O'Fallon, since 2017). Consists of parts of Lake St. Louis, O'Fallon, and St. Peters.
  • District 108 – Justin Hill (R-Lake St. Louis, since 2015). Consists of parts of Lake St. Louis and Dardenne Prairie.

St. Charles County is divided into two districts in the Missouri State Senate, both of which have elected Republicans.

  • District 2 – Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis, since 2015). Consists of the communities of Augusta, Dardenne Prairie, Flint Hill, Foristell, Josephville, Lake St. Louis, New Melle, O'Fallon, St. Paul, Weldon Spring Heights, and Wentzville.
  • District 23 – Bill Eigel (R-Weldon Spring, since 2017). Consists of Portage Des Sioux, St. Charles, St. Peters, Weldon Spring, and West Alton.

Federal[]

Missouri is represented in the U.S. Senate by Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley.

Part of St. Charles County is included in Missouri's 2nd Congressional District and is currently represented by Ann Wagner in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 2nd Congressional District — St. Charles County (2018)[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ann Wagner (incumbent) 37,875 57.5%
Democratic Cort VanOstran 26,782 40.6%%
Libertarian Tony Kirk 956 1.5%%
Green David Arnold 304 0.5%%
style="background-color: Template:Independent (United States)/meta/color; width: 2px;" | [[Independent (United States)|Template:Independent (United States)/meta/shortname]] Ken Newhouse (write-in) 0 0.0%%

Most of St. Charles County is included in Missouri's 3rd Congressional District and is currently represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 3rd Congressional District — St. Charles County (2018)[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer (incumbent) 61,751 57.77%
Democratic Katy Geppert 43,070 40.30% {{{change}}}
Libertarian Donald V. Stolle 2,062 1.93% {{{change}}}
United States presidential election results for St. Charles County, Missouri[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 128,389 57.69% 89,530 40.23% 4,647 2.09%
2016 121,650 59.87% 68,626 33.78% 12,908 6.35%
2012 110,784 59.44% 71,838 38.55% 3,744 2.01%
2008 102,550 54.27% 84,183 44.55% 2,224 1.18%
2004 95,826 58.61% 66,855 40.89% 807 0.49%
2000 72,114 56.04% 53,806 41.81% 2,766 2.15%
1996 47,705 46.66% 41,369 40.46% 13,172 12.88%
1992 38,673 36.29% 37,263 34.97% 30,627 28.74%
1988 50,005 62.90% 29,286 36.84% 209 0.26%
1984 47,784 73.06% 17,617 26.94% 0 0.00%
1980 36,050 60.32% 20,668 34.58% 3,050 5.10%
1976 26,105 53.60% 22,063 45.30% 536 1.10%
1972 25,677 69.94% 11,034 30.06% 0 0.00%
1968 13,533 45.63% 10,374 34.98% 5,752 19.39%
1964 9,020 38.30% 14,530 61.70% 0 0.00%
1960 10,888 47.80% 11,890 52.20% 0 0.00%
1956 9,462 55.40% 7,618 44.60% 0 0.00%
1952 8,451 56.48% 6,493 43.39% 20 0.13%
1948 5,976 49.54% 6,049 50.14% 39 0.32%
1944 7,050 58.92% 4,880 40.78% 36 0.30%
1940 7,792 59.14% 5,334 40.48% 50 0.38%
1936 5,156 42.72% 5,903 48.91% 1,009 8.36%
1932 3,664 34.12% 6,911 64.37% 162 1.51%
1928 5,404 51.43% 5,081 48.36% 22 0.21%
1924 4,668 59.11% 2,364 29.94% 865 10.95%
1920 6,645 72.13% 2,472 26.83% 96 1.04%
1916 3,518 64.16% 1,914 34.91% 51 0.93%
1912 2,350 49.00% 1,792 37.36% 654 13.64%
1908 3,480 62.84% 1,979 35.73% 79 1.43%
1904 3,203 62.91% 1,788 35.12% 100 1.96%
1900 3,324 58.10% 2,343 40.95% 54 0.94%
1896 3,173 56.15% 2,448 43.32% 30 0.53%
1892 2,522 50.00% 2,485 49.27% 37 0.73%
1888 2,668 52.65% 2,381 46.99% 18 0.36%



See also[]

References[]

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  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "County-Level Unemployment and Median Household Income for Missouri". www.ers.usda.gov. USDA Economic Research Service. http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/Unemployment/RDList2.asp?ST=MO. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
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  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. pp. 1. 
  6. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_29.txt. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Registered Voters in Missouri 2010". Missouri Secretary of State. http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/registeredvoters.asp?rvmID=0010. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Election Summary Report, General Election". St. Charles County Election Authority. November 4, 2014. http://www.sccmo.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2401. 
  10. ^ Korando, Russell (November 23, 2012). "St. Charles County judge nominated for prosecutor". St. Charles County Suburban Journal. http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/stcharles/news/st-charles-county-judge-nominated-for-prosecutor/article_d59aba5b-5716-5206-b4e1-16af57d8884d.html. "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." 
  11. ^ a b Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ENR
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

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