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Saint Peters, Missouri
—  City  —
City park located near City Hall

Location of St. Peters in Missouri
Coordinates: 38°46′44″N 90°36′11″W / 38.77889°N 90.60306°W / 38.77889; -90.60306Coordinates: 38°46′44″N 90°36′11″W / 38.77889°N 90.60306°W / 38.77889; -90.60306
Incorporated 1910
 - Mayor Len Pagano
 - Total 54.9 km2 (21.2 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 - Total 55,500
 Density 1,010.9/km2 (2,618.3/sq mi)
  Census estimate[1]
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63376, 63304
Area code(s) 636

Saint Peters is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The official population estimate was 55,500 as of 2008.[1] 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, putting it at the top in the state of Missouri.[2] The "Rec-Plex" in St. Peters is an award-winning recreation and fitness complex that underwent an $18.5 million expansion in 2007.[3] The city also hosts the county's largest shopping center, Mid Rivers Mall, which plans a 120,000 sq ft (11,000 m2) expansion.[4]



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.[5]

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.[5] 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.[5] The city continued its rapid growth through the 1980s and by 1990 had a population of 40,660.[5] St. Peters population increased to an estimated 55,500 as of 2008.[1] St.Peters celebrated its 50th year as a city in 2009, and marks its 100th year as a town in 2010, having become a town in 1910 and a city in 1959.[6]


St. Peters is located at 38°46′44″N 90°36′11″W / 38.77889°N 90.60306°W / 38.77889; -90.60306 (38.778893, -90.603131)[7]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.2 square miles (55 km2), all of which is land.


As of the census[8] 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 or Latino 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.


St. Peters City Hall

Citizens elect a mayor and eight aldermen (two for each of four wards) to govern the city.[9] The Mayor and Board of Aldermen appoint individuals to the positions of City Collector,[10] City Clerk,[11] and City Treasurer.[12] A Municipal Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit, also known as the St. Peters Municipal Court, has a four-year term.[13] A City Administrator also works closely with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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;[17] Brown resigned in October 2006 after pleading guilty to soliciting and accepting a bribe.[18] He 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.[19] Brown was transferred to a halfway house in St. Louis in April 2008 with final release scheduled for August 1, 2008.[20][21] Pagano was re-elected in April 2008 to a full four-year term as mayor.[22]


Three public high schools are within St. Peters city limits: Fort Zumwalt South High School with an enrollment of 1,700 students, Francis Howell North High School (2,100 students), and Fort Zumwalt East High School (1,100 students) 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 in O'Fallon. 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.

Civic facilities

The St. Peters Rec-Plex, a 230,000 sq ft (21,000 m2). family recreation and athletic training complex, is situated next to St. Peters City Hall. The Rec-Plex hosted the 2004 Olympic Diving Trials[3] and is recognized as one of the USA's premiere diving facilities.[23] 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[24] 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.[25] The city's "Recycle City" opened in April 1997[26] and 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.


  1. ^ a b c "Missouri by Place and County Subdivision". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. July 1, 2008. Retrieved February 7, 2010.  United States Census Estimates 2008
  2. ^ Volkmann, Kelsey (July 15, 2008). "Money magazine names St. Peters one of best places to live". St. Louis Business Journal (American City Business Journals). Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  3. ^ a b "The St. Peters Rec-Plex". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Mid River Mall's multimillion dollar expansion". Urban St. Louis. August 30, 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d "History by the Decades". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  6. ^ "2009-2010 Anniversaries". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Organizational Structure: St. Peters City Government". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  10. ^ "City Collector". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  11. ^ "City Clerk". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  12. ^ "City Treasurer". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  13. ^ "Municipal Judge". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  14. ^ "City Administrator". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  15. ^ "FAQ: When are Board of Aldermen Meetings?". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  16. ^ "FAQ: When are City elections?". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  17. ^ Bryant, Tim (April 7, 2007). "In St. Peters, new mayor, four new aldermen are set to take office". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  18. ^ Pokin, Steve (January 31, 2007). "It's Prison for Brown". St. Louis Post-Dispatch Suburban Journals. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  19. ^ Wade, Latreecia (April 23, 2007). "Duluth was former mayor's 2nd choice". St. Peters Journal. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  20. ^ "Missouri: Red Light Camera Mayor Freed". May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  21. ^ Hudson, Bob (May 7, 2008). "Fallen From Grace St. Peters Mayor Leaves Prison". Kaspar Broadcasting. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  22. ^ "Mayor Len Pagano". City of St. Peters, Missouri. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  23. ^ "Diving". City of St. Peters. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  24. ^ Bryant, Tim (2007-07-02). "Hospital in St. Peters plans major expansion". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  25. ^ "Spencer Road Map". St. Charles City-County Library District. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  26. ^ Johnson, Kelly. "St. Peters, Missouri: Recycle City". St. Peters City. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 

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