is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri
, United States
. The official population estimate was 54,839 as of 2006. Interstate 70
passes through the city, providing a major transportation link. In 2008 St. Peters was dubbed the 60th best place to live by Money magazine
. The "Rec-Plex" in St. Peters is an award-winning recreation
and fitness complex#Noun
that underwent an $18.5 million expansion in 2007. The city also hosts the county's largest shopping center
, Mid Rivers Mall, which plans a 120,000 sq. ft. expansion.
Prior to the arrival of Europeans
, the area that would become St. Peters was inhabited by Mississippian mound builders
. The remains of a village were uncovered during the construction of I-70 in 1954 and a street near the site was later named Mound Drive after the mounds built by the villagers.
Throughout most of the twentieth century, St. Peters was a small farming town. As recently as 1970, St. Peters had a population of only 486. The population rapidly increased to 15,700 by 1980 and within the span of a decade the community changed from a small rural town to a more suburban community. The city continued its rapid growth through the 1980s and by 1990 had a population of 40,660. St. Peters population has further increased to an estimated at 54,839 as of 2006.
St. Peters is located at (38.778893, -90.603131). According to the United States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of 21.2 square miles (54.9 km²), all of which is land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 51,381 people, 18,435 households, and 13,936 families residing in the city. The population density
was 2,425.5 people per square mile (936.7/km²). There were 18,776 housing units at an average density of 886.3/sq mi (342.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.25% White
, 2.80% African American
, 0.20% Native American
, 1.23% Asian
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.44% from other races
, and 1.07% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.49% of the population.
There were 18,435 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $57,898, and the median income for a family was $65,123. Males had a median income of $45,497 versus $30,295 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,792. About 1.5% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.
Citizens elect a mayor and eight aldermen (two for each of four wards) to govern the city. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen appoint individuals to the positions of City Collector, City Clerk, and City Treasurer. A Municipal Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, also known as the St. Peters Municipal Court, has a four-year term. A City Administrator also works closely with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
The Board of Aldermen meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, except the months of November and December when one meeting is held each month on a date scheduled with the Mayor.
City elections are held in April of each year, per Missouri law for elected officials. Propositions may be voted upon at these elections, or others held in February, August or November.
A special election was held April 3, 2007 in which Len Pagano was chosen to fill the remaining year of former Mayor Shawn Brown's term; Brown resigned in October 2006 after pleading guilty to soliciting and accepting a bribe. Brown was sentenced in January 2007 to 18 months of prison and began serving his time on April 12 2007 at a minimum-security federal prison camp in Duluth, Minnesota.
Three public high schools are within St. Peters city limits: Fort Zumwalt South High School
with an enrollment of 2,300 students, Francis Howell North High School
, and Fort Zumwalt East High School
which opened in 2007. Some high school students from St. Peters attend schools in surrounding communities such as Francis Howell Central High School
in neighboring Cottleville
, and Fort Zumwalt North
and Fort Zumwalt West High Schools
. Other public schools in the city include Fairmount, Hawthorn, Lewis & Clark, Mid Rivers, Progress South, Saint Peters, and Warren Elementary Schools; plus DuBray, and Fort Zumwalt South Middle Schools.
The St. Peters Rec-Plex, a 230,000 sq. ft. family recreation and athletic training complex, is situated next to St. Peters City Hall. The Rec-Plex hosted the 2004 Olympic Diving Trials and is recognized as one of the USA's premiere diving facilities. St. Peters is home to Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, the county's second busiest after St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles. Barnes-Jewish serves a large portion of St. Charles County, Lincoln County
, and Pike County
. It is currently preparing a major expansion project which will increase its capacity from 111 rooms to 175 making it the second largest hospital in the county. The Spencer Road Branch library within the St. Charles City-County Library District is in St. Peters. The city's "Recycle City" opened in April 2007. This facility has the ability to recycle various types of material which is then sold to companies that use recycled goods in products. In 2007, Recycle City recycled 12,522,767 pounds of material. Due to the large volume of material and the methods used in processing, Recycle City produces a scent that is often cited as a complaint by city residents and visitors. The unpleasant smell covers a large portion of St. Peters.