Why St. Charles County

For decades, St. Charles County has also enjoyed the lowest unemployment rates in the bi-state region, which are always below the national averages. This is thanks to the resilience of local economy, the strong international companies located here and the entrepreneurial spirit inherent in the community.

Here are some of the many interesting Fast Facts about St. Charles County, Missouri:

  • St. Charles County covers 561-square-miles of diverse terrain that includes riverbanks, bluffs, forests and planned development.
  • St. Charles County is located at the confluence of the “Mighty” Mississippi River and the “Big Muddy” Missouri River, the fourth largest river system in the world.
  • St. Charles County served as Missouri’s first state capital from 1821 to 1826 and was the starting point for Lewis and Clark’s famous Corps of Discovery Expedition in 1804.
  • The “first free school” west of the Mississippi River was the Academy of the Sacred Heart established by Sister Philippine Duchesne in St. Charles in 1818.
  • The largest park in St. Charles County is the 7,000-acre August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area which is known locally as “Busch Wildlife” and popular for trail users, fishing, hunting, and family outings.
  • St. Charles County is home to the Weinstrasse or Missouri Wine Road which boasts the highest concentration of wineries in the state and was the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) designated by the federal government in 1980.
  • The ten-block, 200-year-old Historic Main Street in St. Charles is Missouri’s first and largest historic district and one of the largest in the U.S.
  • In 1970, less than 100,000 people lived in St. Charles County. Current U.S. Census estimates place the local population above 353,000 with nearly 67,000 people moving here since 2000.
  • More new residents moved into St. Charles County than anywhere else in Missouri from 2008 to 2009, according to the U.S. Census. The community attracted 5,772 new residents in that year.
  • The Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles is the most popular tourist site in metro St. Louis with approximately 10 million visitors each year.
  • St. Charles County is the starting point for the 225-mile Katy Trail State Park and is the most popular section of the system, attracting 111,000 users in 2009, nearly 40% of all trail users in Missouri.
  • With 8 data centers located along the Highway 40/I-64 “high tech” corridor in St. Charles County, the local area has one of the largest concentrations of IT facilities in metro St. Louis.
  • At more than $7.5 billion in annual total assessed valuation, St. Charles County is ranked third in the state after St. Louis County and Jackson County.
    Accounting for 6.2% of Missouri’s total economy, St. Charles County is ranked third in the state after St. Louis County and Jackson County.