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The City of Festus had a population of 12,099 as of July 1, 2021. Festus ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Missouri. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Festus is located at latitude 38.2206 and longitude -90.396 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Festus encompass a land area of 5.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Jefferson County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 433 feet.

The City of Festus has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Festus is located within Township of River View, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jefferson County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Festus: Derby City, Limitville, Tanglefoot.

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Festus, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 12,099 (100%)
Population in Households 11,873 (98.1%)
Population in Families 9,411 (77.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 226 ( 1.9%)
Population Density 2,090
Diversity Index2 18


Median Household Income $58,628
Average Household Income $73,647
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $29,865
Wealth Index5 66


Total HU (Housing Units) 5,234 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,300 (63.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,587 (30.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 347 ( 6.6%)
Median Home Value $164,423
Average Home Value $174,341
Housing Affordability Index3 214


Total Households 4,887
Average Household Size 2.43
Family Households 3,136
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.4% 0.51%
Households 0.49% 0.59%
Families 0.33% 0.44%
Median Household Income   1.86%
Per Capita Income   2.24%
Owner Occupied HU   0.89%

Festus, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Festus to the other 1,032 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 72 93rd
Population Density # 97 91st
Median Household Income # 305 71st
Housing Affordability Index # 561 54th
Per Capita Income # 303 71st
Diversity Index # 354 66th

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