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Imperial, Missouri
Road in Imperial, February 2018
Road in Imperial, February 2018
Location of Imperial, Missouri
Location of Imperial, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Jefferson
 • Total 6.04 sq mi (15.65 km2)
 • Land 5.25 sq mi (13.61 km2)
 • Water 0.79 sq mi (2.04 km2)
446 ft (136 m)
 • Total 4,709
 • Density 896/sq mi (346.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 636
FIPS code 29-34354
GNIS feature ID 0736308

Imperial is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 4,709 at the 2010 census, up from 4,373 in 2000. It was originally known as West Kimmswick, and is located 22 miles (35 km) south of downtown St. Louis. St. John's Church is a historic parish church located within Imperial.


Imperial is located at 38°22′15″N 90°22′24″W / 38.370735°N 90.373460°W / 38.370735; -90.373460. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.05 square miles (15.67 km2), of which, 5.26 square miles (13.62 km2) of it is land and 0.79 square miles (2.05 km2) is water.

Imperial, Missouri is located directly south of Arnold, Missouri and north of Barnhart, Missouri. Interstate 55 runs through Imperial. Mastodon State Historic Site is located in Imperial. Imperial, Missouri contains several local businesses including H.W. Herrell Distributing, Home Service Oil, Herrell's Market and the historic Imperial Feed & Supply.


2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,709 people, 1,769 households, and 1,297 families living in the CDP. The population density was 895.2 inhabitants per square mile (345.6/km2). There were 1,871 housing units at an average density of 355.7 per square mile (137.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.5% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 1,769 households, of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.7% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the CDP was 38 years. 24.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 29.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the CDP was 50.9% male and 49.1% female.


Almost all of the Imperial CDP is in the Windsor C-1 School District. A small portion of the CDP and several surrounding areas with Imperial addresses are zoned to the Fox C-6 School District. The Windsor district operates Windsor High School in the CDP. Fox C-6 operates Seckman High School outside of the CDP.

The Windsor district previously ended at the eighth grade. High school students would attend Crystal City High School or Herculaneum High School. The Fox district was originally a K-8 school district, with high school students also having a choice of Crystal City High and Herculaneum High. The Fox district became K-12 when Fox High School was established in 1955.

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