Founded in 1769, St. Charles is the third oldest city in Missouri. It served as a river port during westward expansion and was known as the last “civilized” stop by Lewis and Clark. The St. Charles housing market is strong with properties staying on market for 17 days at an average sale price of $406,990.00 USD. The market is somewhat competitive with properties selling on average 2% below asking price. The area consists of new construction and historic properties with everything in between.
The 2010 census stated that 65,794 people, 26,715 households, and 16,128 families residing in the city. The median age of the city was 36.6 years old. The median income for a house hold was $56,622.00 USD. The Missouri sales tax rate is currently 4.23%. The County sales tax rate is 1.73%. The Saint Charles sales tax rate is 2% making it a great place to start a family. Top employers of the city include Ameristar Casinos, St. Charles County, and the SSM St. Joseph Health Center. Other notable employers are Boeing and Coca-Cola. St Charles has an unemployment rate of just %2.5 making it lower than the national average almost by half.
The City of St. Charles has six elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and a tech building within it’s district. The schools educate 4,975 students with a 11:1 teacher ratio making it a great place for your family to learn. On average the state spends about $14,620.00 USD making it above average for the nation. The school district in St Charles is ranked 80th out of 462 within the state of Missouri. The area is also home to some great private schools. Immanuel Lutheran is suitable for K-8th grade along with Duchesne Catholic High School for older children. St. Charles is home to plenty of higher education institutions as well. Lindenwood University, Webster University School of Education and St. Charles Community College all have campuses in the area. St. Charles has great accommodations for aspiring graduates including affordable condominiums and apartments.
St. Charles is a great place to raise a family because it’s affordable and there are plenty of things to do. From the Botanical Garden, close proximity to the St. Louis Zoo via interstate 70 the area’s outdoor activities are vast. The river front and main street also host plenty of year round festivals including Octoberfest, and a spectacular ice carving festival called Fete de Glace. If you are fan of food as of 2015 walking restaurant tours are available so you can try different culinary treats as you enjoy the historic area.
Because of the area’s rich history small boutiques have also popped up filled with great items and works of art to purchase. Provenance Soapworks is a great example of of high end artisanal goods crafted locally. Once you have explored all of St. Charles take the 30 minute drive to St Louis to catch a baseball game.
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