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St. Charles County, Missouri

US county information
NameSaint Charles County
StateMissouri
SeatSaint Charles
US Area
Total Area592 sq mi (1533.3 km2)
Land Area560 sq mi (1450.4 km2)
Water Area32 sq mi (82.9 km2)
Population360485 (2010)
Density248.3/km2 (643.1/sq mi)
Founded1812

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St. Charles County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 360,485, making it the third most populated county in Missouri. Saint Charles County is part of the St. Louis Metro Area. Its county seat is Saint Charles, which is the county's second largest city. The largest city in St. Charles County is O'Fallon, with St. Peters and Wentzville the county's third and fourth largest cities. It contains many of the northern suburbs of St. Louis as well as more exurban areas. The county was organized in 1812 and named for the Italian cardinal Saint Charles Borromeo.

The wealthiest county in Missouri, St. Charles County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, with a population of 360,485 in 2010. It also includes an important area of vineyards and wineries whose distinction has been recognized. On its rural outer edge along the south-facing bluffs above the Missouri River is an area of numerous wineries, so that SH 94 is sometimes called the Missouri Weinstrasse. The area includes the Augusta AVA, designated in 1980 as the first American Viticultural Area by the federal government.


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