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Festus, Missouri
Festus, Missouri
Festus, Missouri
Location of Festus, Missouri
Location of Festus, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Jefferson
Incorporated 1887
 • Type Mayor–council government
 • Total 5.79 sq mi (14.99 km2)
 • Land 5.79 sq mi (14.99 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
433 ft (132 m)
 • Total 11,602
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,079.47/sq mi (802.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 636 Exchanges: 524,933,937
FIPS code 29-24094
GNIS feature ID 0736296

Festus is a city situated in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States, and is also a suburb of St. Louis. It had a population of 12,706 individuals as of the 2020 census. Festus and its adjacent neighbor Crystal City are often collectively known as the "Twin Cities".


Balloon Glow Festus Missouri 10-01-2011
Festus Balloon Festival

Festus is located at 38°13′10″N 90°24′3″W / 38.21944°N 90.40083°W / 38.21944; -90.40083 (38.219490, -90.400936).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.71 square miles (14.79 km2), all of it land.


Festus was first called Tanglefoot, and under the latter name was platted in 1878. A post office called Festus has been in operation since 1883.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,335
1900 1,250 −6.4%
1910 2,556 104.5%
1920 3,348 31.0%
1930 4,085 22.0%
1940 4,620 13.1%
1950 5,199 12.5%
1960 7,021 35.0%
1970 7,530 7.2%
1980 7,574 0.6%
1990 8,105 7.0%
2000 9,660 19.2%
2010 11,602 20.1%
2019 (est.) 12,036 3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 11,602 individuals, 4,636 households, and 3,036 families living in the city. The population density was 2,031.9 inhabitants per square mile (784.5/km2). There were 4,972 housing units at an average density of 870.8 per square mile (336.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.5% White, 3.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2%.

Of the 4,636 households 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.5% were non-families. 28.7% of households were one person and 12.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age was 34.9 years. 26.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.9% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

In popular culture

Festus, MO is the home of alt-country legends, The Bottle Rockets.

The town is mentioned in the 1974 country song "(We're Not) The Jet Set," in which George Jones and Tammy Wynette sing about road tripping around the Midwestern and Southern part of the United States in a Chevrolet while falling in love.

No we're not the jet set
We're the old Chevrolet set
There's no Riviera
In Festus, Missouri

The town's anthem is "Festus Forever."

Festus is the greatest place, the greatest place on earth!
Festus is a good old place where we all had our birth!
From east to west, from north to south, right up to Gannon Drive
Festus is the place where we (pause) work and live and thrive!


  • I-55 (MO).svg Interstate 55
  • US 61.svg U.S. Route 61
  • US 67.svg U.S. Route 67
  • Festus Memorial Airport


Festus R-VI School District operates Festus High School.

St. Pius X High School, Our Lady Catholic School (K-8) and Twin City Christian Academy (K-12) are private institutions.

Festus has a lending library, the Festus Public Library.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Festus (Misuri) para niños

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