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Community Description

Welcome to St. James, Missouri! St. James was founded with the desire to preserve a “spot of great natural beauty for the enjoyment of the people” and that early emphasis has been continued in this beautiful Missouri community. Began in the early 1800’s as a trading post, St. James has grown into a thriving community that has successfully blended quiet neighborhoods with a steadily growing diverse business and industrial base and was recently selected as the site for a Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

 

Strategically located on Interstate 44 and State Highways 8 and 68, the community lies 90 miles southwest of St. Louis, sixty miles south of Jefferson City, and one hundred twenty miles northeast of Springfield. The community of Rolla, located 10 miles east of St. James, is the home of the University of Missouri-Rolla, the Rolla Technical Institute and the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. The Burlington-Northern Railroad runs through St. James and the Rolla National Airport is located 13 miles from town.

 

Described as quaint, unique and full of history, St. James is known for its trees, its grape vineyards and is home to several award-winning wineries. Time Magazine described St. James as the “most handsomely wooded town in the nation”. St. James is the gateway to the Ozark Scenic Riverways and lies within a 30-minute drive of the Mark Twain National Forest and is intersected by Old Route 66. St. James is bordered by the Maramec Spring Park and the Woods Memorial Area, a 6,800 acre nature preservation area. Of St. James many fine features, the community’s quality school system is at the top of the list.

 

A strong sense of community and great community pride combined with natural beauty, prime location and the many other unique aspects of the community do indeed make St. James a place of great natural beauty to be enjoyed by all!

 

Demographics

 

Population
1990 City Population 3,256
2000 City Population 3,704
2010 City Population xxx
1990 County Population 35,248
2000 County Population 39,825
2010 County Population xxx
Labor Work Force
Total Labor Work Force 20,876
Work Force 20,154
Unemployed 722
Unemployment Rate Annualized 3.5%
Wage Rates
Average Non-Manufacturing Wage $11.20 HR
Average Manufacturing Wage $10.75 HR
Age Distribution of Population (%) (1998)
Under 17 23.7%
18 - 24 14.5%
24 - 44 14.5%
45 - 64 21.8%
Over 65 13.9%
Median Age 35
Ethnic Composition of Population (%) (2000)
White 93.2%
African American 1.5%
American Indian 0.6%
Asian and Pacific Islander 2.4%
Multi Race 1.8%
Educational Attainment
Over 25 Years Old with HS Diploma (%) 70.1%
Over 25 Years Old with Bachelors or Higher (%) 21.8%
Income and Buying Power
Number of Households 9,266
Per Capita Income $19,980
Median Household Income $22,990
Median Household Effective Buying Income $27,246
Taxes
State Corporate Tax Rate on $100,000 6.25%
Individual Income Tax Rate on $50,000 6.00%
State Sales Tax Rate 4.23%
State Use Tax Rate 0.22%
Education
Total Number of Elementary Schools 1
Total Elementary School Enrollment 902
Total Number of Middle Schools 1
Total Middle School Enrollment 339
Total Number of High Schools 1
Total High School Enrollment 600
Total Number of Schools 3
Total Enrollment of Schools 1,841
Vocational / Career Schools
Local Vocational School Rolla Techncial Institute Rolla Technical Center
Local Property Tax
Real Property Tax Rate 4.13%
Real Property Tax Assessment Ratio 0.00%
Personal Property Tax Rate 0.00%
Personal Property Tax Assessment Ratio 0.00%
State Levies Expressed Per (of Assessed Valuation) $0
Business & Industry
Construction 9.9%
Manufacturing 5.4%
Transportation and Public Utilities 5.8%
Wholesale Trade 5.9%
Retail Trade 21.7%
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate 7.0%
Government 7.8%
Mining 0.8%
Service 33.3%
Utilities
St. James Municipal Utilities Gas
St. James Municipal Utilities Electric
St. James Municipal Utilities Sewer
Type Secondary
Daily Capacity (Gallons) 1,140,000
Daily Load (Gallons) 462,000
St. James Municipal Utilities Water
Source Three Wells
Daily Capacity (Gallons) 2,000,000
Average Daily Consumption (Gallons) 400,000
Daily Peak Demand 0
Storage Capacity (Gallons) 800,000
CenturyTel Telephone
Transportation
Highway Transportation – Major Interstates and Highways
Strategically located on Interstate 44 and State Highways 8 and 68, the community lies 90 miles southwest of St. Louis, sixty miles south of Jefferson City, one hundred twenty miles northeast of Springfield and one hundred sixty miles northeast of Branson. The community of Rolla is located 10 miles east of St. James.
Shipping and Distribution
Package Service Yes
Package Delivery Names UPS, Federal Express
Daily Truck Service Available Yes
Truck Lines Fisher Trucking, Stevens Distributor, Deafort, Con-Way, Yellow Freight, 3-Rivers Transportation
Air Transportation
Commercial Airport(s) St. Louis International Airport
Distance to Nearest Commercial Airport 90
Drive Time to Nearest Commercial Airport 90
Large Aircraft Operators Serving Area
General Aviation Airport(s) Rolla National
Distance to Nearest General Aviation Airport 14
Length of Longest Runway (Feet) 5,500
Elevation (Feet) 0
Runway Lighting Unknown
Fixed Base Operator Unknown
Rail and Barge Transportation
Railroad Service Provided by Burlington-Northern
Barge Access No
Quality of Life
Medical Services
Total Hospitals 1
Hospital Beds 232
Practicing Physicians 130

 

Cultural & Recreational Amenities
St. James is the gateway to the Ozark Scenic Riverways and lies within a 30-minute drive of the Mark Twain National Forests. Old Route 66 intersects the community and the community is bordered by the Maramec Spring Park and the Woods Memorial Area, a 6,800 acre trout hatchery, campground and nature preservation area. St. James offers a fairground that includes lighted soccer and ball fields, a community center and a senior citizens' center. The community's park offers two swimming pools, a fishing lake, ball field, tennis courts, hiking trails and pavilions. The James Memorial Library features an extensive selection of reading material.


Community Incentives
• No personal property or ad valorem tax.
• Up to 4 acres of land located in Industrial Park offered to employers that create 8 or more new jobs.
• Tax-exempt revenue bonds available for qualified industries.
• Availablity of job-training programs.
• Utilities connections provided at no cost to qualified industry.


Community Highlights

St. James was recently selected as the site for a Wal-Mart Distribution Center and is home to Boys and Girls Town of Missouri, the Missouri Veteran’s Home, and several manufacturers.

 

Strategically located on Interstate 44 and State Highways 8 and 68, the community lies 90 miles southwest of St. Louis, sixty miles south of Jefferson City, one hundred twenty miles northeast of Springfield and one hundred sixty miles northeast of Branson. The community of Rolla, located 10 miles east of St. James, is the home of the University of Missouri-Rolla, the Rolla Technical Institute and the Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

 

The Burlington-Northern Railroad runs through St. James and the Rolla National Airport – classified as a General Aviation facility capable of landing corporate aircraft - is located 13 miles from town.
Described as quaint, unique and full of history, St. James is known for its trees, its grape vineyards and is home to several award-winning wineries. Time Magazine described St. James as the “most handsomely wooded town in the nation”. The community has many beautiful buildings and outstanding recreation areas that were gifts to the community from the James Foundation, a foundation of Lucy Wortham James, one of the first citizens of St. James.

 

St. James is the gateway to the Ozark Scenic Riverways and lies within a 30-minute drive of the Mark Twain National Forests. Old Route 66 intersects the community and the community is bordered by the Maramec Spring Park and the Woods Memorial Area, a 6,800 acre trout hatchery, campground and nature preservation area. Of St. James many fine features, the community’s quality school system is at the top of the list. The school district includes the Lucy Wortham James Elementary School recognized as a Gold-Star School, a newly constructed middle school and the John F. Hodge High School.