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Overview

Introduction to Festus, Missouri

Festus, Missouri, in Jefferson county, is located 29 miles S of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is in the Saint Louis area.

Festus History

Festus was first settled in the early 1800s. Charley Conners was the first settler and built a log cabin in this area in 1803. It was established by W. J. Adams in around 1878. At that time it was named Limitville. The city was also nicknamed as "Tanglefoot." It was incorporated in 1888 as the City of Festus. The city was named after Porcius Festus, the biblical figure.

Festus and nearby Attractions

  • Mastodon State Historic Site
  • Washington State Park
  • Fort de Chartres
  • Illinois Caverns State Natural Area
  • Museum of Westward Expansion
  • Saint Francois State Park

Things To Do In Festus

Festus offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. One can visit the Sunset Park during free hours. The Louis Bolduc House, Mastodon State Historic Site, and Fort de Chartres are also worth visiting. The city offers easy access to several museums such as Eugene Field House and Toy Museum, Missouri Historical Society Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Museum of Westward Expansion. In addition, one can visit the Illinois Caverns State Natural Area.

Festus Transportation

Flights can be availed from Lambert - St Louis International Airport.

Festus Higher Education

Jefferson College, Webster University, and Saint Louis Community College - Meramec are nearby.

People

Total Population 11,839
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,270
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 45.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18%
Median Earnings25+ $36,551
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,213
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,117

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,127
% Above Poverty Level 87.5%
% Below Poverty Level 12.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $672
Median House Value $137,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 13.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Festus Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 29 miles S of St. Louis, Missouri
County Jefferson
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 63028
Phone Area Codes 636
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.22
Longitude -90.395

Festus Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station FESTUS
Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 42 to 70 F
Annual Precip 39.9 inches
Station FARMINGTON
Distance 29.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 67 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.7 inches
Station ST CHARLES 7 SSW
Distance 32.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 38 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crystal City 4,829 $53,483
De Soto 6,469 $45,699
Herculaneum 3,762 $63,725
Hillsboro 2,980 $58,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Festus Public Libraries

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Festus Public Library
222 N. MILL STREET
Festus, Missouri
(314) 937-2017

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Festus High Schools

FESTUS SR. HIGH
501 WESTWIND DR
636-937-5410
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 848 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

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