Government

Census Standings by Municipality

New Melle Mayor, Richard West, received the following census update from St. Charles County Community Relations Manager, Molly Dempsey, on Monday, May 18, 2020, and encourages residents to complete their census questionnaires.  

St. Charles County is leading the state of Missouri with a 76.6% self-response rate, but there are some areas that are lagging behind. The response rate in New Melle is only 62%.

For every person undercounted in 2010, Missouri forfeited $1,272 in federal dollars. To put this into perspective, St. Charles County’s population as of July 2018 was 399,182. Assuming a current population of 400,000: 77% counted = 308,000, so 92,000 not counted would result in a forfeiture of $117,024,000!

Population figures obtained through the census can greatly affect revenues for cities, counties, etc. For instance, in Missouri, taxes collected on gasoline purchases are distributed back to the cities based on population, not the number of gallons sold within the city limits. Census statistics can also affect available federal funding for infrastructure projects - as explained above. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, deadlines have been extended and in-person enumeration has been postponed for a couple of weeks.  

Please be sure to complete your census online or promptly return the paper forms that you receive. 

Here’s where the communities in St. Charles County stand as of Sunday, May 17: 

Dardenne Prairie

87%

St. Paul

81.3%

O’Fallon

78.9%

St. Peters

79%

Cottleville

77.1%

Weldon Spring

75.7%

Wentzville

75.5%

Foristell

75.4%

Lake Saint Louis

74.5%

Augusta

72.9%

St. Charles

69.3%

New Melle

62%

Portage Des Sioux

57.3%

West Alton

39.3%

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The Census data benefits us all, so it's very important to get a complete and accurate count.