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Arnold, Missouri
—  City  —
Arnold Water Tower
Location of Arnold, Missouri
Coordinates: 38°25′58″N 90°22′10″W / 38.43278°N 90.36944°W / 38.43278; -90.36944
Country United States
State Missouri
County Jefferson
Government
 - Mayor Ron Counts
Area
 - Total 11.6 sq mi (30.0 km2)
 - Land 11.2 sq mi (29.1 km2)
 - Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 604 ft (184 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 19,965
 - Density 1,775.0/sq mi (685.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63010
Area code(s) 636
FIPS code 29-01972[1]
GNIS feature ID 0713393[2]

Arnold is the largest city in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The population was estimated at 20,413 in 2005.

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Geography

Arnold is located at 38°25′58″N 90°22′10″W / 38.43278°N 90.36944°W / 38.43278; -90.36944 (38.432753, -90.369393)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30.0 km²), of which, 11.2 square miles (29.1 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (2.85%) is water.

History

Arnold was incorporated in 1972, and is named after George Arnold, the city's first postmaster. Four communities merged with Arnold, and their old names still have some currency: Beck (named after local farmer Emmanual Beck), Flamm City, Maxville (named after Max Stengel, first business owner), and Ten Brook (named after landowner John Ten Brook).

The first European settler in Arnold was Jean Baptiste Gamache, who operated a ferry boat across the Meramec River in exchange for 1050 arpents of land granted by the King of Spain. This ferry was on the King's Trace or El Camino Real, (royal road), from St. Louis, Missouri, to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. This road became known as Telegraph after 1850, after the first telegraph lines in the state were put along it.

Arnold was the focal point over the eminent domain issue in Missouri.[4] In January 2004, the City of Arnold announced that THF Realty had approached them regarding developing a section of Arnold known as the Triangle,[5] an area bordered by Route 141, Interstate 55, and Church Road in the city limits. The city voted in favor of the Triangle Development project proceeding on September 16, 2005.

According to an agreement with THF, Arnold would acquire the properties in the triangle and would be reimbursed its costs by THF. Arnold offered the property owners a buy-out, and most accepted. Some businesses were promised relocation [5] either in the new development or elsewhere in the city. Others were not given this option. Some refused the offer, and the city moved to condemn the dissenting properties. One such hold out was Homer R. Tourkakis, the owner of a dental practice on the corner of the triangle formed by Route 141 and Interstate 55.

Tourkakis claims that THF never made a fair-market offer. THF claims they offered to rebuild his practice elsewhere and purchase his property for $600,000. Tourkakis's property was declared blighted, and Arnold sought to seize it under eminent domain. Tourkakis fought these proceedings in the Jefferson County courts. Arnold and THF argued that although incorporated cities aren't explicitly granted the use of eminent domain does not imply they are denied it. The judge ruled that because Arnold is a third-class city, under Missouri law, it cannot use eminent domain to seize properties.[4]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 19,965 people, 7,550 households, and 5,564 families residing in the city. The population density was 685.2/km² (1,775.0/mi²). There were 7,913 housing units at an average density of 271.6/km² (703.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.91% White, 0.30% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 7,550 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $47,188, and the median income for a family was $53,664. Males had a median income of $37,972 versus $27,222 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,378. About 3.0% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education

There are a few high schools in Arnold, Missouri including Fox High School and Seckman High School (Fox C-6 School District) located in Arnold, MO.

Honorable Distinction

According to Money Magazine, Arnold was ranked the 12th best and most affordable city to live in the United States.[6]

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