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Bel-Nor, Missouri
Location of Bel-Nor, Missouri
Location of Bel-Nor, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County St. Louis
Founded 1937
 • Total 0.63 sq mi (1.64 km2)
 • Land 0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
627 ft (191 m)
 • Total 1,499
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,217.46/sq mi (855.63/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 29-04348
GNIS feature ID 0755742

Bel-Nor is a northwestern suburban city of St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,499 as of the 2010 census. The events that were the basis for the 1971 novel and 1973 movie The Exorcist have a connection to the village of Bel-Nor. In April 2015, the residents of Bel-Nor voted to become a city.


Bel-Nor is located at 38°42′14″N 90°19′2″W / 38.70389°N 90.31722°W / 38.70389; -90.31722 (38.704001, -90.317353).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.63 square miles (1.63 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 937
1950 1,290 37.7%
1960 2,388 85.1%
1970 2,247 −5.9%
1980 2,047 −8.9%
1990 2,935 43.4%
2000 1,598 −45.6%
2010 1,499 −6.2%
2019 (est.) 1,397 −6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,499 people, 668 households, and 412 families living in the village. The population density was 2,379.4 inhabitants per square mile (918.7/km2). There were 702 housing units at an average density of 1,114.3 per square mile (430.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 48.7% White, 46.4% African American, 2.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 668 households, of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.3% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the village was 47.4 years. 16.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 36.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.


Bel-Nor incorporated in November 1937 and uses a village form of government with five elected trustees. Bel-Nor provides police service, street maintenance and snow plowing.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is partially within Bel-Nor. Bel-Nor is also home to Incarnate Word Academy.

The Normandie Golf Club, which claims to be the oldest public golf course west of the Mississippi River, is adjacent to the city. It was created in 1901 as the Normandy Country Club. Recently, village residents have been fighting in court to stop a planned redevelopment of Normandie Golf Course into residential housing.


The film The Exorcist was based on an exorcism that happened within the village of Bel-Nor in 1949.

Notable people

This list may include persons born in the community, past residents, and current residents.

  • Mickey Carroll, dwarf actor who portrayed a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz
  • Richard Eastham, buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Bel-Nor
  • Donny Hathaway, buried at Lake Charles Cemetery, Bel-Nor
  • George A. Killenberg, Executive Editor of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat
  • Napheesa Collier, UConn women's basketball player

See also

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