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Overview

Introduction to Saint Joseph, Missouri

St. Joseph, Missouri, in Buchanan county, is 48 miles N of Kansas City, Missouri. Saint Joseph is situated along the river banks of the Missouri River in the northwest portion of the state near the Missouri/Kansas border. It was named the number one "Top Western Town" by True West Magazine and has a vast number of structures included in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Civic League named Saint Joseph an All-America City.

Saint Joseph History

The city was settled by a fur trader named Joseph Robidoux and incorporated in 1843. It was known as a rowdy frontier town and was a major supply center for pioneers traveling past the Missouri River and heading to the "Wild West." It was the last stop for the railroad going towards the west until shortly after the Civil War ended. Saint Joseph was one of the two endpoints for the well known Pony Express. The notorious outlaw Jesse James was killed in his home located in Saint Joseph.

Saint Joseph Historic Structures

During the early years St. Joseph was a prosperous town due to the thriving manufacturing businesses and being an important trading center. Due to its early wealth the city features a wide variety of attractive architecture including "Gilded Age" mansions, Italianate buildings and Romanesque Revival structures. Some of the other notable historic structures are:

  • The Buchanan County Courthouse is an impressive building and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. It was also the location of the trial for the Ford brothers who were tried for the murder of the well known outlaw Jesse James.
  • Missouri Theatre is a restored vaudeville palace.
  • Missouri Valley Trust Building.
  • Wyeth-Tootle Mansion.
  • The J.C. Wyatt House showcases the extravagance of the former Golden Age of Saint Joseph.
  • The Whiskey Mansion Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful restored historic structure.
  • Creverling's Tour House features Romanesque architecture, attractive woodwork, beautiful china and historic furniture.
  • First Street Trolley is a replica of a historic trolley and runs through historic districts and travels to the riverfront area.
  • Hall Street Historic Homes District features houses constructed during the city's "Golden Age."
  • The Shakespeare Chateau Bed & Breakfast is a beautiful Victorian mansion featuring numerous stained glass windows, murals and other items and has been featured in Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles Magazine.

Saint Joseph Museums

  • Jesse James Home includes items owned by the famous outlaw and his family and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Pony Express Museum is an historic structure and features numerous exhibits.
  • St. Joseph Fire Museum.
  • Society of Memories Doll.
  • Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art.
  • National Military Heritage.
  • St. Joseph Museum is located in an historic mansion and includes exhibits of the Pony Express, Native Americans, Jesse James and Lewis and Clark.
  • Patee House was a former prominent hotel during the 1800's and includes a steam locomotive and a large number of artifacts.
  • Roboux Row Museum.

Saint Joseph Activities

Krug Park features Italian Renaissance structures, an amphitheater, rose gardens, a lagoon, a North American exhibit featuring native animals, a castle and is utilized for outdoor recreation. The Saint Joseph Parkway runs through the city and is popular for hiking and bicycle riding. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy Fairview Golf Course. The St. Joseph Water Park is popular with residents. St. Jo Frontier casino offers riverboat gaming.

Saint Joseph Attractions

  • St. Joseph Symphony.
  • Robidoux Resident Theatre.
  • St. Joseph Community Chorus.
  • River Song.
  • Numerous locations for antique shopping.

Higher Education

Saint Joseph is home to Missouri Western State University.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

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

St Joseph Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 48 miles N of Kansas City, Missouri
County Buchanan
Metro Area Saint Joseph
Standard Zip Codes 64501, 64503, 64504, 64505, 64506, 64507
P.O. Box Zip Codes 64502, 64508
Phone Area Codes 816
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.768
Longitude -94.846

St Joseph 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 ST JOSEPH 4 WNW
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 37 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 35.2 inches
Station ATCHISON
Distance 20.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 37.5 inches
Station EDGERTON
Distance 21.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 38 F
Apr Temp 41 to 68 F
Jul Temp 65 to 90 F
Oct Temp 42 to 70 F
Annual Precip 39 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Agency 907 $73,636
Amazonia 253 $38,333
Cosby 151 $53,125
De Kalb 202 $63,125
Easton 254 $61,250

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

St Joseph Public Libraries

Library
River Bluffs Regional Library
927 FELIX ST.
St Joseph, Missouri
(816) 232-4038

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St Joseph Hospitals

HEARTLAND REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
5325 FARAON STREET
(816) 271-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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St Joseph High Schools

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CENTRAL HIGH
2602 EDMOND
816-671-4080
Serves 1,654 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

BENTON HIGH
5655 S FOURTH
816-671-4030
Serves 948 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

LAFAYETTE HIGH
412 HIGHLAND AVE
816-671-4220
Serves 855 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

WOODSON BUILDING
3600 FREDERICK AVE
816-387-2320
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 136 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27.2

HELEN M DAVIS STATE SCHOOL
2900 SCOTT
816-623-1446
Serves 71 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.1

BUILDING BRIDGES
3600 FREDERICK AVE
816-671-4072
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

RIVERBEND TREATMENT CTR.
5910 MITCHELL AVE
816-390-9801
A Non-traditional School
Serves 26 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.2

BUCHANAN CO. ACADEMY
4720 GREEN ACRES
816-232-4789
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 24 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.1

HILLYARD TECHNICAL CTR.
3434 FARAON
816-671-4170
A Vocational School

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