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Sainte Genevieve County, Missouri

US county information
NameSainte Genevieve County
StateMissouri
SeatSte. Genevieve
Largest citySte. Genevieve
US Area
Total Area509 sq mi (1318.3 km2)
Land Area502 sq mi (1300.2 km2)
Water Area7 sq mi (18.1 km2)
Population Est.17720 (2008)
Density13.9/km2 (36/sq mi)
Named forSaint Genevieve, patroness of Paris, France
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Sainte Genevieve County, often abbreviated Ste. Genevieve County (French: Ste-Geneviève), is a county located in East Central Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 17,842. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 17,720. The largest city and county seat is Ste. Genevieve . The county was officially organized on October 1, 1812, and is named after the Spanish district once located in the region, after Saint Genevieve, patroness of Paris, France. It contains the earliest European settlement west of the Mississippi River, part of the French colonial mid-Mississippi valley villages.


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