About the Community of O’Fallon
Located only minutes west of St. Louis County, the City of O’Fallon encompasses nearly 30 square miles with ideal access to I-70 in the north and I-64 in the south. Established in 1856, O’Fallon is the seventh largest city in Missouri and largest in St. Charles County, with a growing population of approximately 79,300 residents. While rich in history, the City today offers the latest in housing, business, retail and leisure.
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After the War of 1812, there was a westward flow of migration through the present-day St. Charles County on the Booneslick Trail (later part of Interstate 70). During the 1830s, many German settlers came to the O’Fallon area inspired by Gottfried Duden’s Republic of the Western States of North America. The report was based on his account of living in St. Charles.
O’Fallon’s history as a city started in the 1850s. Arnold Krekel was a German immigrant who held a number of offices, including U.S. District Court Judge and Missouri state legislator. He founded a German-language newspaper and invested in the North Missouri Railroad, among other activities. Krekel’s younger brother Nicholas built the first house in O’Fallon and is considered by many to be the “founder” of O’Fallon. The younger Krekel was the town’s first Postmaster, station agent, and operated the first general merchandise store inside his home. The City purchased this historic house in 2008 with plans for restoration after which it will be open to the public.
In 1854, Judge Krekel granted the North Missouri Railroad permission to build a depot on his property along with a right-of-way on his “Krekel Addition”. In 1856, Judge Krekel named the depot O’Fallon Station after his friend John O’Fallon, the railroad’s president and a noted philanthropist. In 1860, the “Krekel Addition” was renamed O’Fallon, and in 1912, it was incorporated.
For many years, O’Fallon was a quiet, small community in central St. Charles County. In the early 1980s suburban development accelerated and a population boom began. The population for O’Fallon rose to 18,698 by 1990, and was more than 70,000 residents by 2006.
As of the census of 2000, there are 46,169 people in the city, organized into 15,389 households and 12,603 families. The population density is 2,054.9 people per square mile (793.3/km2). There are 15,920 housing units at an average density of 708.6 per square mile (273.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city is 95.32% Caucasian, 2.24% African American, 0.74% Asian, 0.23% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 1.45% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 15,389 households out of which 50.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.8% are married couples living together, 8.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 18.1% are non-families. 14.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 3.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.98 and the average family size is 3.30.
In the city the population is spread out with 33.4% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 38.8% from 25 to 44, 15.3% from 45 to 64, and 6.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $60,179, and the median income for a family is $64,627. Males have a median income of $45,295 versus $29,129 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,774. 3.3% of the population and 2.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3.3% of those under the age of 18 and 6.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.