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St. Charles is a city in, and the county seat of, St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The population was 65,794 at the 2010 census, making St. Charles the ninth-largest city in Missouri. It lies to the northwest of St. Louis, Missouri on the Missouri River. Founded in about 1769 as Les Petites Côtes, or "The Little Hills" in French, by Louis Blanchette, a French-Canadian fur trader, when the area was nominally ruled by Spain following the Seven Years' War, it is the third-oldest city in Missouri. For a time, it played a significant role in the United States' westward expansion. It was settled primarily by French-speaking colonists from Canada in its early days and was considered the last "civilized" stop by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804, which was exploring the western territory after the United States made the Louisiana Purchase. The city served as the first Missouri capital from 1821 to 1826, and is the site of the Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne shrine.


Located on the bank of Missouri River, St Charles shares a close distance to the popular St. Louis. The place holds a great significance as the stoppage point of Lewis and Clark when they were out there exploring the Louisiana Territory. One of the city's most popular attraction is its historic main street which is the prominent shopping space in the city. one can find a number of artworks including handicrafts, home decorations, and antiques to take away with them. There are also a vast number of restaurants around the place serving people looking for indulgence. Its major attraction includes places like Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Museum, First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site and Foundry Art Centre along with numerous casinos and festivals that take place here throughout the year. Come for its history, entertainment or food, you won't be disappointed here!

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Facts and Stats for St Charles*

  • Pollution Statistics in St Charles

    Know the pollution level of St Charles before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 29.35 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 34.38 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.59 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 44.12 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 19.12 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 28.13 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 30 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.5 (Very Low)
  • St Charles: Crime and Safety

    How safe is St Charles for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in St Charles.

    • Burglary and Theft 51.79 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 66.07 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 74.55 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 57.27 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 58.04 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 73.18 (High)
    • Attacks 60.27 (High)
    • Drug offense 78.24 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 58.77 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 21.05 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 58.93 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 54.02 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 75.93 (High)
  • Living in St Charles - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of St Charles is 182.32 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 33.68 (Low)
    • Climate Index 74.17 (High)
    • Pollution Index 34.67 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.94 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.63 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 78.47 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.17 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 140.47 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in St Charles

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in St Charles

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.29 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.54 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41.83 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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