Berger, Missouri

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Berger is a city in Franklin County, Missouri, United States south of the Missouri River. The population was 206 at the 2000 census. The first settlement in Berger was in 1818.

Berger is home to Bias Vineyards-Gruhlke's Microbrewery, and Bias Vineyards. It is within the Hermann American Viticultural Area, recognized in 1983 as a distinct wine region by the federal government. The seven wineries in the AVA produce one-third of the annual state total of wine.


Origin of name

The town is probably named after Joseph Berger, a hunter, or Pierre Berger, a St. Louis, Missouri merchant who died in 1787. Located on a railroad line, the town was also known as Berger Station. Franklin County was also home to a Berger Settlement, which was abandoned. Nearby streams were called Big Berger Creek and Little Berger Creek.

The town name is pronounced with a soft 'g' because of its French roots.


Berger is located at 38°40′29″N 91°20′17″W / 38.67472°N 91.33806°W / 38.67472; -91.33806 (38.674677, -91.338166)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

The rural town is located on the Berger Bottom, a floodplain south of the Missouri River.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 206 people, 85 households, and 56 families residing in the city. The population density was 686.7 people per square mile (265.1/km²). There were 100 housing units at an average density of 333.4/sq mi (128.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.57% White, 0.49% African American, 0.49% Asian, and 1.46% from two or more races.

There were 85 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.09.

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