St. Charles is a city located in St. Charles County, Missouri. It lies just to the northwest of St. Louis, Missouri. It is the second oldest city west of the Mississippi, and was the first Missouri capital. It was the last civilized stop for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It is also the site for the Saint Rose Duschesne shrine.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 54.0 km² (20.8 mi²). 52.7 km² (20.4 mi²) of it is land and 1.2 km² (0.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.30% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 60,321 people, 24,210 households, and 15,324 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,143.9/km² (2,962.4/mi²). There are 25,283 housing units at an average density of 479.5 persons/km² (1,241.6 persons/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 93.28% White, 3.48% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.01% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 1.97% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 24,210 households out of which 30.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% are married couples living together, 10.2% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 36.7% are non-families. 29.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 2.98.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $47,782, and the median income for a family is $60,175. Males have a median income of $40,827 versus $27,778 for females. The per capita income for the city is $23,607. 6.3% of the population and 4.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 8.1% are under the age of 18 and 5.9% are 65 or older.

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