sits within the mean
center region of the U.S.
population, ideally situated for business. Part of the dynamic St.
Louis Metropolitan Area, Jefferson County is one of the
fastest growing regions in Missouri.
2000 showed Jefferson County’s population as 198,099. The
2004 MO estimate was more than 210,000, a 6.21% increase.
Jefferson County limits extend over 664 square miles of land,
lying west and south of the city of St.
Louis. The mammoth Mississippi
River borders Jefferson County to the east, affording
splendid views to the sub-divisions and towns found there.
People from densely populated Saint
Louis County and the city of St. Louis have migrated into
Jefferson in the past three decades, as the county experiences
residential and industrial growth. Manufacturing ranks as a
major industry of Jefferson
County, though it used to be primarily agricultural. Today,
the southern and eastern sections of Jefferson County remain
sparsely populated, with large family farms scattered through
A total of 31 communities
comprise Jefferson County, 13 of which are incorporated. The
county seat is Hillsboro,
population 2,805. Found here is Jefferson
College, the only college within Jefferson County limits.
The largest community is Arnold,
home to more than 20,000. Situated on the Interstate 55 corridor
only 20 miles south of St.
Louis, Arnold is a thriving city. Nestling on the banks
where the Meramec
River meets the Mississippi, Arnold offers scenic beauty
along with a prime business locale.
The next largest city in Jefferson County is Festus,
with just under 10,000 residents. Known as a progressive city,
Festus is home to the rock group known as the Bottle
Rockets. The town of De Soto, population 6,375, rests
peacefully in the beginning peaks of the Ozark
Mountain Range, in Jefferson County’s southeastern corner.
Some other communities in Jefferson County include Byrnes
all with populations less than 5,000. Pevely is the site of the
County, Missouri is the perfect location for future growth
and ideal lifestyle. Its proximity to the outward migration
pattern of the city of St. Louis provides residents with urban
amenities while maintaining a more tranquil mode of living.
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