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Eureka, Missouri
City
Downtown Eureka
Downtown Eureka
Location of Eureka, Missouri
Location of Eureka, Missouri
City Eureka
State Missouri
County St. Louis
Area
 • Total 10.70 sq mi (27.71 km2)
 • Land 10.51 sq mi (27.23 km2)
 • Water 0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
Elevation
460 ft (140 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 10,189
 • Estimate 
(2019)
10,946
 • Density 1,041.29/sq mi (402.04/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
63025
623025
Area code(s) 636
FIPS code 29-22834
GNIS feature ID 0756031
Website City of Eureka official website: http://www.eureka.mo.us/

Eureka is a city located in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, adjacent to the cities of Wildwood and Pacific, along Interstate 44. It is in the extreme southwest of the Greater St. Louis metro area. As of the 2020 United States Census the city had a population of 11,646. Since 1971, Eureka has been known as the home of the amusement park Six Flags St. Louis.

History

The village of Eureka was platted in 1858 along the route of the Pacific Railroad. By 1890, the village consisted of about 100 homes. According to the Eureka Chamber of Commerce, railroad workers while clearing way for the track and the next railroad camp saw Eureka, level land with little to clear, and declared, "Eureka!" Greek meaning "I have found it." Thus, Eureka was founded. In 1898, Eureka became home to the St. Louis Children's Industrial Farm, established to give children from St. Louis tenement neighborhoods a chance to experience life in a rural setting. It later became Camp Wyman (now part of Wyman Center) and is one of the oldest camps in the United States. Eureka was incorporated as a fourth-class city on April 7, 1954.

City of Allenton

The railroad town of Allenton is a former community on U.S. Route 66 located (now) at the junction of Interstate 44 and Business Loop 44 in western St. Louis County. In 1985, it was annexed by the city of Eureka. The town is currently rural, with adjacent farmland and forested Ozark ridges. This community was declared blighted by St. Louis County in 1973.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.45 square miles (27.07 km2), of which, 10.35 square miles (26.81 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 141
1960 1,134
1970 2,384 110.2%
1980 3,862 62.0%
1990 4,683 21.3%
2000 7,676 63.9%
2010 10,189 32.7%
2019 (est.) 10,946 7.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 10,189 people, 3,474 households, and 2,758 families residing in the city. The population density was 984.4 inhabitants per square mile (380.1/km2). There were 3,683 housing units at an average density of 355.8 per square mile (137.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 0.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 3,474 households, of which 46.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 20.6% were non-families. 17.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.27.

The median age in the city was 37.1 years. 30.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.7% were from 45 to 64, and 9.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

Education

Rockwood R-Vi School District operates 3 elementary schools, Lasalle Springs Middle School and Eureka High School.

The city also contains two private schools, St. Mark's Lutheran Church and School and Most Sacred Heart Church and School.

The city has the Eureka Hills Branch lending library, a branch of the St. Louis County Library. It was moved to a newly built location that opened on June 2, 2021.

Eureka Missouri
Eureka from the south along Missouri Route 109

Notable people

Clayton Echard (Star of The Bachelor Season 26).

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