Festus, MO Profile: Facts & Data


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Festus, Missouri - Basic Facts

The City of Festus had a population of 12,084 as of July 1, 2018. 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 38.2199 and longitude -90.4096 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Festus (see map below) 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 (GNIS ID: 2394763) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Festus population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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

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Festus, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 12,084
Population in Households 11,859
Population in Familes 9,427
Population in Group Qrtrs 225
Population Density1 2,118
Diversity Index2 17


Median Household Income $53,834
Average Household Income $71,727
Per Capita Income $29,134


Total Housing Units 5,181 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,011 (58.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,809 (34.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 361 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $151,061
Average Home Value $174,162


Total Households 4,820
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 3,124
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  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 race 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.49% 0.57%
Households 0.47% 0.57%
Families 0.35% 0.47%
Median Household Income   3.33%
Per Capita Income   3.98%

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, 2018 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 # 70 93rd
Population Density # 99 91st
Diversity Index # 374 64th
Median Household Income # 296 71st
Per Capita Income # 193 81st

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