Wentzville, Missouri

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Wentzville is a city located in western St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. As of 2009, the city had a total population of 24,407. Wentzville is currently Missouri's fastest growing city. The city's major employer is General Motors which has a full size van assembly plant located there. Site of the county fairgrounds, Wentzville annually hosts the St. Charles County Fair, St. Louis Pirate Festival and the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire.

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History

Wentzville was founded in 1855 as a depot on the Northern Missouri Railroad. It was named after Erasmus Livingston Wentz, a railroad engineer for the line. The land was obtained from William M. Allen, who laid out the town. Wentzville was not incorporated until 1872.

During the American Civil War, the city was the site of a series of skirmishes along the railroad from July 15 to July 17, 1861. Elements of the 2nd and 8th Missouri Infantry Regiments en route to Mexico, Missouri engaged Confederate guerrillas who threatened the railroad.

Wentzville is located at the intersection of I-70/US-40 and US-61. It is known as the "Crossroads of the Nation".

Geography

Wentzville is located at 38°48'58" North, 90°51'26" West (38.816010, -90.857198)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37.3 km²), of which 14.4 square miles (37.3 km²) of is land and 0.07% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,931 people, 2,456 households, and 1,846 families residing in the city. The population density is 478.9 people per square mile (184.9/km²). There are 2,724 housing units at an average density of 189.2/sq mi (73.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 84.63% White, 12.02% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 2.06% from two or more races. 1.49% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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