Spotlight on Fenton, Missouri

Welcome to Fenton, Missouri

Fenton is located in southwest St. Louis County and to this day is still one of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area's best kept secrets. The community has a population of just over 4,300, but during the work day, the population swells to 25,000 to 30,000 thanks to the over 600 businesses that have chosen to make Fenton their home. Fenton covers an area of just over 5 square miles.

Fenton's History

From prehistoric times to the founding of Fenton in the early 19th century, the close proximity of the Meramec River played an important role in the early and continuous settlement of the area. Following earlier European explorers, records show the area was occupied by settlers arriving in the 1770s. However, preceding the settlers were Native American Mound Builders which modern archeologists have associated with the great mounds at the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Park near Cahokia, Illinois. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has designated an area in Fenton City Park with a plaque representing an even earlier civilization of the period 2,000 or 3,000 B.C.

Fenton was founded by William Lindsay Long on March 23, 1818 and named for his Welsh grandmother, Elizabeth Fenton Bennett. The original plans consisted of an eight square block area divided into 80 small lots, known today as "Olde Towne Fenton". The town was originally incorporated in 1874.

Ferry service was established in 1833 for ease in crossing the Meramec River, and in the same year the first post office opened its doors. In 1854 a group of businessmen formed a corporation to construct the first bridge across the river. This covered toll bridge was used until 1885 when it was replaced by an iron bridge. During the construction of the current "old bridge" in 1925, Gravois Road was rerouted around Olde Towne and it was at this time that Fenton gradually began to expand beyond the original eight square block area.

As access to Fenton and the surrounding area improved, both the population and number and variety of businesses increased. On March 9, 1955, Fenton was reincorporated, classified as a Fourth Class City and held its first election for a new Mayor and other city officials. With renewed confidence in being able to guide a "new" city, the residents voted in favor of an annexation plan consisting of 1,500 acres of land surrounding the original eight blocks to create the City of Fenton(1).

(1) Fenton Historical Society

The Complexion of the Fenton Community

As of the of 2000 census, the residents of Fenton numbered 4,360 people, 1,587 households, and 1,239 families with a population density 711 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the city is 98% White, 0.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race represent 0.8% of the population.

In the city of Fenton, the population age demographics are well dispersed with 25.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 29.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age for the population of Fenton is 40. Females slightly outnumber males, where for every 100 women there were 96.5 males in the population.

The median income for a household in the city is just over $74,000, and the median income for a family is $80,536. The per capita income for the city is $29,658. About 0.6% of families and 2.1% of the population below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Fenton Real Estate

The median value of a Fenton house or condo in 2009 was $260,120. In 2000, that value was $164,800. This figure compares to an average home value in the state of Missouri of $139,700 in 2009. Taking a snapshot of median home prices as of 2/14/2011, the average home value is $199,900 with the median price of new homes valued at $291,500. Based on data made available from Yahoo Real Estate, Figure # 1 provides a 10 year trend of median home value for the Fenton area.

Fenton Shopping

Located at Highways 30 and 141 on over 300 acres in Fenton, Missouri, Gravois Bluffs, one of the area's largest shopping areas, offers shoppers over 1.5 million square feet of retail shopping. Gravois Bluffs Plaza is filled with deals, meals and the staple stores that will satisfy the shopper in everyone. 
Gravois Bluffs Plaza is a combination of retail, office, and entertainment. The mall is home to great stores like Target, Kohl's, Wal-Mart, Lowe's and Shop 'n Save - where shoppers can find a little of everything at great prices. Pick up that special something for the house at T.J. Maxx, Linens 'n Things, Ultimate Electronics, Deal$, or Garden Ridge; or maybe even a treat from Circuit City, Gordman's, Dollar Tree, American TV & Appliance or Sears Outlet - where shopper in all of us can find something for everyone. Gravois Bluffs also boasts great dining locations with restaurants like Appleby's Grill and Bar, Steak and Shake, and Buffalo Wild Wings - and of course, there's a Starbucks where shoppers can pick up a latte and re-charge for the rest of the day!

A place to Live...A place to Love

The people that have come to call Fenton, Missouri their home have come to love the community that represents a great place to live and take advantage of all that the local community and the broader city of St. Louis has to offer. Fenton, Missouri is one of greater St. Louis' best kept secrets. And if you don't think this to be true, just ask a Fenton resident. You just might learn that although they may love their well kept secret, they enjoy sharing their "secret" with others.