St. Peters is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The 2010 census showed the city's population to be 52,575 tied for 10th with Blue Springs, Missouri.
Interstate 70 passes through the city, providing a major transportation link. In 2008 St. Peters was named the 60th best place to live by Money magazine, putting it at the top in the state of Missouri. It also ranked in Money magazine's Top 100 in 2010 and 2012.The "Rec-Plex" in St. Peters is an award-winning recreation and fitness complex that underwent an $18.5 million expansion in 2007. The city also hosts the county's largest shopping center, Mid Rivers Mall.
One of the first documented sources about European settlers in the area is a Spanish census from 1791, which documented a land grant.
St. Peters was named for a Jesuit mission established there.
In 1895, music was a binding factor for the area, with a well-known cornet band.
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 increased to an estimated 52,575 as of 2010. St.Peters celebrated its 50th year as a city in 2009, and marked its 100th year as a town in 2010, having become a town in 1910 and a city in 1959.
St. Peters is located at 38°46′44″N 90°36′11″W (38.778893, -90.603131). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.37 square miles (57.94 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 52,575 people, 20,861 households, and 14,244 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,350.2 inhabitants per square mile (907.4/km²). There were 21,717 housing units at an average density of 970.8 per square mile (374.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.7% White, 3.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.
There were 20,861 households of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.7% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.05.
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