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Bloomsdale, Missouri
View of Bloomsdale from roadside park on Highway 61
View of Bloomsdale from roadside park on Highway 61
Location of Bloomsdale, Missouri
Location of Bloomsdale, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Ste. Genevieve
Township Jackson Township, Sainte Genevieve County, Missouri
Area
 • Total 1.64 sq mi (4.24 km2)
 • Land 1.63 sq mi (4.22 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
509 ft (155 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 521
 • Estimate 
(2019)
555
 • Density 341.12/sq mi (131.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 29-06454
GNIS feature ID 0736278

Bloomsdale is a city in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, United States. The population was 521 at the 2010 census.

Name

The name of the town most likely derives from the name of a Catholic priest, Father Blume.

History

Bloomsdale was known as early as 1839 as "La Fourche à Duclos", meaning "the fork of Duclos" and named for the creek by the same name. Its parish priest, a Father Blume, wished his parishioners to all reside on one side of the stream, and so bought land for a settlement on what is now called Establishment Creek moved to the present site of Bloomsdale. One account has it that "Blumesdale" was mailed to Washington, DC, as the name of the town's post office. But the name was illegible, so the story goes, so Washington called the office Bloomsdale. More likely, Washington anglicized the German name Blume ("flower") to Bloom. Either way, the name honors Father Blume.

Geography

Bloomsdale is located at 38°0′57″N 90°13′42″W / 38.01583°N 90.22833°W / 38.01583; -90.22833 (38.015705, -90.228303), in the eastern part of Jackson Township, near Establishment Creek.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.64 square miles (4.25 km2), of which, 1.63 square miles (4.22 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 411
1980 397 −3.4%
1990 353 −11.1%
2000 419 18.7%
2010 521 24.3%
2019 (est.) 555 6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 521 people, 202 households, and 136 families living in the city. The population density was 319.6 inhabitants per square mile (123.4/km2). There were 216 housing units at an average density of 132.5 per square mile (51.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.66% White, 0.58% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, and 0.58% from two or more races.

There were 202 households, of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.7% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.25.

The median age in the city was 35.3 years. 30.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.4% were from 25 to 44; 21.1% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

Infrastructure

Bloomsdale can be reached by U.S. Route 61 or Interstate 55.

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