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The City of Wellston had a population of 1,518 as of July 1, 2022. Wellston 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 Wellston is located at latitude 38.6728 and longitude -90.2993 in St. Louis County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wellston encompass a land area of 0.92 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. St. Louis County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 518 feet.

The City of Wellston 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 Wellston is located within Township of University, a minor civil division (MCD) of St. Louis County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wellston: Rinkelville.

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Wellston, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 1,518 (100%)
Population in Households 1,499 (98.7%)
Population in Families 1,262 (83.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 19 ( 1.3%)
Population Density 1,640
Diversity Index2 15


Median Household Income $23,189
Average Household Income $35,769
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $12,740
Wealth Index5 20


Total HU (Housing Units) 776 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 176 (22.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 381 (49.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 219 (28.2%)
Median Home Value $58,784
Average Home Value $83,908
Housing Affordability Index3 203


Total Households 557
Average Household Size 2.69
Family Households 379
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.55% -0.22%
Households -0.24% -0.22%
Families   -0.27%
Median Household Income   3.31%
Per Capita Income   4.00%
Owner Occupied HU   0.56%

Wellston, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wellston to the other 1,082 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 302 72nd
Population Density # 129 88th
Median Household Income # 1071 1st
Housing Affordability Index # 782 72nd
Per Capita Income # 1077 1st
Diversity Index # 797 27th

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