National lists like Money Magazine’s annual #BestPlacesToLive frequently feature the award-winning cities of St. Charles County. Here are some of our local recognition on the Money rankings from the last decade:
- 2019 - City of O’Fallon (24th)
- 2018 - City of St. Charles (32nd)
- 2017 - City of St. Peters (15th) and City of O’Fallon (42nd)
- 2012 - City of O’Fallon (39th) and St. Peters (76th)
- 2011 - City of Lake Saint Louis (41st)
- 2010 - City of O’Fallon (26th) and City of St. Peters (60th)
In other news:
- St. Charles County is home the largest-ever private investment in the State of Missouri, the $1.5 billion re-investment announced in 2019 by General Motors at the Wentzville Assembly Plant.
- St. Charles County continues to be the fastest growing Missouri County by population, adding an average of 5,000 new residents each year since 2010.
- St. Charles County is the starting point and the most visited section of the 240-mile Missouri Katy Trail State Park that runs across the state.
- St. Charles County has more than 30,000 acres of state and local public parkland.
- St. Charles County was ranked among the top 25 counties in the nation for high-tech growth by the Progressive Policy Institute.
- St. Charles County is home to 8 data centers on the High Tech I-64/Highway 40 Corridor, the largest concentration of IT facilities in metro St. Louis.
- St. Charles County accounts for approximately 40% of all new single-family housing permits issued every year in the St. Louis region.
- St. Charles County has benefited from more than $1 billion of public transportation improvements since 1985, thanks to voters supporting the community’s transportation sales tax that is re-approved every 10 years.
- St. Charles County has two entrepreneurial incubator facilities, the EDC Incubator in St. Peters for mixed businesses and the OPO Startups for tech companies in Historic St. Charles.
- St. Charles County has two thriving makerspaces, one in the EDC Incubator in St. Peters open to the general public and one at Lindenwood University in St. Charles only for LU students.
- St. Charles County is served by two interstates, I-64 and I-70, and four main highways: 40, 94, 364 and 370.
- St. Charles County cover 561-square-miles of diverse terrain that includes riverbanks, bluffs, forests and master planned development.
- St. Charles County is located at the confluence of the “Mighty” Mississippi River and the “Big Muddy” Missouri River, the fourth largest river system in the world.
- St. Charles County has the second largest registered historic district in the USA.
- St. Charles County is home to the Weinstrasse or “Missouri Wine Road” which boasts the highest concentration of wineries in the state and was the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) designated by the federal government in 1980.
- St. Charles County is a 30-minute drive from world-class regional amenities including the St. Louis Arch, St. Louis Zoo, Busch Stadium - home of the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, Enterprise Center - home of the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues and much more!