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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,929
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens16%
Employed Population 16+5,131
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married47%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.6%
Median Earnings25+$32,495
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,194
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,974

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,835
% Above Poverty Level87.3%
% Below Poverty Level12.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone29.7%
Median Gross Rent$698
Median House Value$128,400

Ancestry

German27.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.8%
Irish10.6%
English7.1%
French Except Basque6.8%
Italian3.2%
Polish1.9%
Scottish1.4%
Dutch1.1%
Canadian0.4%
Greek0.3%
Czech0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Swiss0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Russian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
African0.1%
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Festus Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes63028
Phone Area Codes636
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude38.22
Approximate Longitude-90.4

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)

StationFESTUS
Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp41 to 67 F
Jul Temp64 to 88 F
Oct Temp42 to 70 F
Annual Precip39.9 inches
StationFARMINGTON
Distance29.1 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp43 to 67 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp44 to 69 F
Annual Precip42.7 inches
StationST CHARLES 7 SSW
Distance32.7 miles
Jan Temp17 to 38 F
Apr Temp43 to 66 F
Jul Temp67 to 89 F
Oct Temp43 to 69 F
Annual Precip38 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Crystal City4,841$56,773
De Soto6,466$53,875
Herculaneum3,831$72,723
Hillsboro3,026$62,240
Olympian Village668$39,750
Pevely5,616$58,125

Festus Public Libraries

Festus Public Library
400 W MAIN ST
Festus, Missouri
(636) 937-2017

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Festus Public Schools

Danby-rush Tower Middle
1250 Dooling Hollow Rd
ZIP: 63028
(636) 937-9188
Middle
Total Enrollment 235
Festus Elem.
1500 Mid-meadow Ln
ZIP: 63028
(636) 937-4063
Primary
Total Enrollment 955
Festus Intermediate
1501 Mid-meadow Ln
ZIP: 63028
(636) 937-4750
Middle
Total Enrollment 679
Festus Middle
1717 W Main
ZIP: 63028
(636) 937-5417
Middle
Total Enrollment 422
Festus Sr. High
501 Westwind Dr
ZIP: 63028
(636) 937-5410
High
Total Enrollment 860
Jefferson High School
7 Blue Jay Way
ZIP: 63028
(636) 933-6900
High
Total Enrollment 308
Plattin Primary
2400 R7 School Rd
ZIP: 63028
(636) 937-7170
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Telegraph Intermediate
1265 Dooling Hollow Rd
ZIP: 63028
(636) 937-6530
Primary
Total Enrollment 247

Festus Private Schools

Our Lady Catholic School
1599 Saint Marys Ln
ZIP: 63028
Elementary
Total Enrollment 281
St Pius X High School
1030 Saint Pius Dr
ZIP: 63028
Secondary
Total Enrollment 311
Twin City Christian Academy
723 Horine Rd
ZIP: 63028
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 89
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