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 Profile of Fenton
by Sid Cameron, (Data by: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000)

Fenton, Missouri is an outer ring suburb located on the southern border of Saint Louis County. A census estimate in 2008 puts Fenton's population at 4,285 people.

The Meramec River, which defines much of Fenton's northern and eastern boundaries, also defines how much of Fenton's land is used as well. Known as the "City of Parks," Fenton offers over 340 acres of parkland that features a 1.4 mile pedestrian/bicycle path adjacent to the Meramec River, as well as fishing, softball and soccer fields, picnic pavilions and playgrounds.

Fenton has long been an artery for commerce. Interstate 44, which parallels the route of historic Route 66, runs through Fenton connecting the area to downtown St. Louis 18 miles to the northeast and Springfield, MO, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and beyond to the southwest. Fenton is also served by Highway 141, an outer belt highway which runs south to I-55 and north to I-64 (also known as Highway 40). By 2012, Highway 141 will be extended to the north to connect with I-70 and Highway 370. Another east/west route, Highway 30 runs through the heart of Fenton and gives it quick access to I-270.

Much of the city's land on the north side of Fenton is dedicated to industrial and commercial use. It's here you will find the word headquarters for UniGroup, owners of Mayflower and United Van lines, Wolff Shoes and Fabick, a major regional supplier of construction equipment, among other area employers. Just outside of the Fenton borders sits Maritz, a research, incentives and travel company that employees over 3,600 people. Until 2009, Fenton was home to two Chrysler assembly plants that assembled Dodge Minivans and Dodge Ram pickups. These large factories located on the north side of I-44 are probably the most recognizable landmarks in Fenton. The future us of these plants is uncertain.

Sanford-Brown College has a campus in Fenton with an estimated 300 full-time students.

Highlights from the U.S. Census taken in 2000 includes:

 


 

Fenton, Missouri Demographic Profile Highlights:


General Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

Total population

4,360

 

 

Male

2,141

49.1

49.1%

Female

2,219

50.9

50.9%

Median age (years)

40.1

(X)

35.3

Under 5 years

216

5.0

6.8%

18 years and over

3,249

74.5

74.3%

65 years and over

485

11.1

12.4%

Average household size

2.72

(X)

2.59

Average family size

3.11

(X)

3.14

 

 

 

 

Total housing units

1,631

 

 

Occupied housing units

1,587

97.3

91.0%

Owner-occupied housing units

1,352

85.2

66.2%

Renter-occupied housing units

235

14.8

33.8%

Vacant housing units

44

2.7

9.0%

 

 

 

 

Social Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

Population 25 years and over

2,863

 

 

High school graduate or higher

2,579

90.1

80.4%

Bachelor's degree or higher

918

32.1

24.4%

 

 

 

 

Economic Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

In labor force (population 16 years and over)

2,392

72.0

63.9%

Mean travel time to work in minutes (workers 16 years and over)

25.4

(X)

25.5

Median household income in 1999 (dollars)

74,708

(X)

41,994

Median family income in 1999 (dollars)

80,536

(X)

50,046

Per capita income in 1999 (dollars)

29,658

(X)

21,587

 

 

 

 

Housing Characteristics

Number

Percent

U.S.

Single-family owner-occupied homes

1,323

 

 

Median value (dollars)

164,200

(X)

119,600

Median of selected monthly owner costs

(X)

(X)

 

With a mortgage (dollars)

1,232

(X)

1,088

Not mortgaged (dollars)

296

(X)

295

(X) Not applicable.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000


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