Saint Charles County, Missouri has ranked as the fastest growing region in the state for the past two decades. The 80’s showed 55% growth, and the 90’s, 33% growth. Census 2000 recorded the population of St. Charles County at 283,883. The 2004 MO estimates proved another 13% growth.
Part of the thriving St. Louis Metropolitan Area, St. Charles County relies on industry and a flourishing retail trade. The Missouri River forms the southern border, while the Mississippi rolls along the northern and eastern borders. This creates picturesque scenery for the 18 fine communities of St. Charles County, as well as providing swift transport of goods. Interstate 70 bisects the region. Two airports and two ferries crossing the Mississippi complete all of St. Charles County’s transportation needs.
The major employers of St. Charles County include Citigroup, General Motors, St. Joseph Medical Center and Ameristar Casino. In 2000, the median household income for St. Charles residents was over $57,000, more than $13,000 above the national average. Two fine institutes of higher learning keep students well educated: the Lindenwood University and the Saint Charles Community College.
The county seat is the elegant city of St. Charles, which carries a proud history as the oldest city on the Missouri River. St. Charles was the first Missouri state capitol. This is where the Lewis and Clark Expedition set off from in 1804. Modern day St. Charles City is a thriving business center. Found here are the regional offices for Sysco, Coca Cola and American Freightways. St. Charles also serves as the headquarters for Client Services, Growing Family and RX system. The 2000 population of St. Charles was over 60,000.
The second largest city in St. Charles County is St. Peters, population 51,000. St. Peters contains a bustling commercial district, and is the retail hub of the region. The city of O'Fallon is home to 46,000 residents, including the River City Rascals, a minor league baseball team. Its Fall Festival celebrates the extraordinary autumn foliage of the Missouri hillsides. The planned town of Lake St. Louis, resting tranquilly on the shores of 550 acres of shimmering water, offers an exemplary quality of life. Situated just 45 minutes from Downtown St. Louis, this exquisite community of 10,000 contains the finest in modern amenities and new home construction.
St. Charles County, Missouri is rich with history and an affluent future. Communities here lie within easy reach of all that the city of St. Louis has to offer, including assured growth and prosperity.
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