Eureka (Missouri)

St. Louis County


Eureka is a town in the west of St. Louis County in the U.S. state of Missouri with 7676 inhabitants.

About three kilometers east of Eureka is the former City Times Beach, which was evacuated in 1983 because of dioxin contamination. The entire area was cleaned again and there set up the Route 66 State Park.

1961 Six Flags St. Louis was opened, making Eureka has now achieved nationwide notoriety.


The location of Eureka was created in 1858 along the railway line leading to the west. The Chamber of Commerce in Eureka indicates that the place was caused by the fact that workers investigated the best way for further routing and location for the next train labor camp for railway construction. When they arrived in the vicinity of the present town, they found that here must be the best place and they shouted " Eureka! ", The Greek word for "We 've found it! " and so, at this point the camp and from the later city.

In 1890, the city had around 100 houses. Eight years later the St. Louis Children's Industrial Farm, which had the goal to give city children from St. Louis an insight into life in the countryside. Today Wyman Center has emerged from it.


The former town of Allenton lay on the famous Route 66 in 1985 the place was incorporated into Eureka. The place looks still very rural, a number of farms


Eureka is located at 38 ° 30'10 " north latitude and 90 ° 38'42 " west longitude. The city covers 26.2 square kilometers, spread over 26.0 km ² land and 0.2 km ² water surface.

Eureka located 44 km south-east of St. Louis.

Demographic data

In the census of 2000 a population of 7,676 was determined. These distributed to 2,487 households in 2,064 families. The population density was 294.9 / km ². There were 2,622 buildings, which corresponds to a density of 100.7 / km ².

The population was in 2000 from 97.38 % White, 0.82 % Asian, 0.57 % African American, 0.20 % Indians and 0.26 % other. 0.77 % said to be descended from at least two of these groups. 1.22 % of the population were Hispanics who belonged to the various of the aforementioned groups.

31.9% were under the age of 18, 5.7 % from 18 to 24, 34.4 % 25-44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.5 % 65 and older. The average age was 34 years. For every 100 females were statistically 94.9 men in the over 18 -year-olds 89.5.

The average income per household was $ 74,301, the average family income at $ 80,625. Men's income averaged $ 51,799, and for women about $ 33,269. The per capita income was $ 27,553. About 1.3 % of families and 2.2 % of the total population were below the poverty line income.