Better Together?  Perhaps Chesterfield and Wildwood Would be  Better Together in St. Charles County!

Within a short period of time two plans for drastically changing the relationship between St. Louis City and St. Louis County and it’s municipalities have emerged.  As most of us know, St. Louis City is an independent city and one of only two major cities in the United States that is not in a County.   The plans would combine the City and County and change the structure of municipal governance for the City, County and it’s municipalities.  For Chesterfield and Wildwood there just might be a third option:  To move into St. Charles County!

What’s the History Of the City/County Split?

CLICK HERE for links to several web sites and articles that tell the history of St. Louis and how it became an independent city and the previous unsuccessful attempts to reunite St. Louis City and County.   

Is It Possible To Switch Counties?  

There are no guarantees that Chesterfield and Wildwood could move into St. Charles County.  One of the usual roadblocks to annexation with cities and counties in Missouri is that they need to be contiguous.   In this case both Chesterfield and Wildwood are contiguous to St. Charles County.  It’s not widely known but part of St. Charles County is on the St. Louis County side of the Missouri River just west of the Highway 40/Interstate 64 bridge.   Both Chesterfield and Wildwood “touch” this part of St. Charles County thereby making them contiguous with St. Charles County and possibly able to switch counties.     

Why Would Chesterfield and Wildwood Want to Change Counties?

Perhaps the short answer is the known is better than the unknown.   The Better Together plan would radically change the government structure for every single citizen in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.   It could be a great change for everyone involved.  But then again it could be disastrous.  Loss of local zoning, loss of locally  controlled police protection and other municipal services would result with the Better Together plan.  St. Charles County has become a great place to work, live and raise a family.  St. Charles County government is very stable and more attuned to the values of Chesterfield and Wildwood citizens and their government.  St. Charles County is now the most prosperous county in Missouri.   

A subjective choice to switch counties?  Perhaps.  So let’s take a look at making the move into St. Charles County strictly by the numbers.

Population 

SOURCE:  US Census 2016 Estimate

St. Charles County

St. Louis County

St. Louis City

Percentage Increase in Population

SOURCE:  US Census Bureau 2016 Estimate

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St. Charles County

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St. Louis County

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St. Louis City

Increase in Total Jobs

SOURCE:  MERIC in cooperation with US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015-Q2 2017

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St. Charles County

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St. Louis County

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St. Louis City

Average Household Income ($)

SOURCE: US Census Bureau/American Community Survey 2016

St. Charles County

St. Louis County

St. Louis City

Percentage of People Living in Poverty

SOURCE:  US Census Bureau 2016

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St. Charles County

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St. Louis County

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St. Louis City

Violent Crimes Per 1000 Residents

SOURCE:  Missouri State Highway Patrol Uniform Crime Reporting Program 2016

St. Charles County

St. Louis County

St. Louis City

Property Crimes Per 1000 Residents

SOURCE: Missouri State Highway Patrol Uniform Crime Reporting Program 2016

St. Charles County

St. Louis County

St. Louis City

Percentage of Police Officers with Associates Degree or Higher

SOURCE:   County, City Governments

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St. Charles County

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St. Louis County

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St. Louis City

Miles of Trails per 1000 Residents

SOURCE:  Parks Department

St. Charles County

St. Louis County

St. Louis City

SO WHY MAKE THE MOVE INTO ST. CHARLES COUNTY?

  • Positive Population Growth In St. Charles County

  • More Affluent Population in St. Charles County

  • Lower Crime in St. Charles County

  • Better Quality of Life in St. Charles County

AND MOST IMPORTANT:

  • Stable County Government in St. Charles County

  • Stable Municipal Governments in St. Charles County

  • No Changes in current Municipal Government structure of Chesterfield and Wildwood

  • NO UNCERTAINTY AS TO WHAT THE FUTURE MAY HOLD

The Clock is Ticking!   

The November 2020 Election is not that far away!

NOW is the time to start the discussion as to why Chesterfield and Wildwood would be 

BETTER TOGETHER IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY!