graphic St. Peters is the home of the only municipally owned Cultural Arts Center in the metro area. The Cultural Arts Center attracts exhibitors and visitors from throughout the metro area. New exhibits are displayed every month, featuring local, national and international artists. Approximately 33,000 pieces of original artwork have been displayed to date, including an outdoor sculpture area. In addition to exhibits, the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center offers programs through art education for all ages and enrichment opportunities. An average of 60,000 people pass through the doors of the Cultural Arts Center each year.

In addition to the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles County has a variety of local agencies that promote the arts, such as the Dance Company of St. Charles, the St. Charles Theater Guild, and the St. Charles County Arts Council, the Oak Leaf Artist Guild.

graphicThere are three St. Charles City-County Library District branches located in St. Peters. These three branches are open seven days a week, and offer a variety of special children and adult community services. The Library District makes available over 800,000 items for checkout or reference, and through its interlibrary loan service, additional books are available from throughout the St. Louis Metro Area, the State of Missouri and even across the United States. In addition, area residents can take advantage of free Internet access at public terminals located at the library branches.

Located outside St. Peters City limits, but within the metropolitan area are the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the St. Louis Symphony.

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graphic There are several major shopping corridors in St. Peters and the City serves as a shopping hub to surrounding communities located throughout St. Charles County. In 1997, retail sales in St. Peters totaled $870,392,222. The largest shopping center in St. Peters, Mid Rivers Mall, is also the largest shopping center in St. Charles County. Four major department stores anchor the mall, which has approximately 130 shops including a food court, restaurants, and a multi-screen theater. The Mall contains nearly a million square feet.

graphicCommunity Development


The City’s Economic Development Office focuses on bringing new business and industry to the community, which adds quality employment opportunities. The City’s strategy is to encourage balanced growth with particular emphasis on commercial development along major highway corridors. The Economic Development Office, located at City Hall, can provide demographic information and traffic counts, maps, site information, and information on properties for sale or lease along with quarterly updates on space available. Our Economic Development staff is always available to personally meet with and respond to the unique and demanding needs of the business community.

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graphic St. Peters is served by three AAA public school districts–Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt, and St. Charles. Francis Howell School District, which has the longest running year-round school program in the United States, encompasses approximately 150 square miles in eastern St. Charles County, with an enrollment of just under 18,000. It is the largest of the five school districts in the county and is seventh largest in the state.

Fort Zumwalt School District serves approximately 14,000 students at eleven elementary, three middle, and two high schools. The district encompasses approximately 136 square miles in the St. Charles County area.

graphicThe district’s roots date to 1807 when an original settler of the area, Quentin Miller Zumwalt, conducted classes in her log cabin. The Fort Zumwalt District, unlike the Francis Howell District, conducts classes on a traditional nine-month schedule.

The St. Charles School District serves over 6,600 students in 11 schools in the St. Peters/St. Charles area. The St. Charles School District, like Fort Zumwalt, conducts classes on a traditional nine-month schedule.

St. Charles County Community College has a campus adjacent to the City limits. The Community College is a public, 2-year college offering more than 60 degree and certificate program pathways in the arts and sciences as well as in occupational/technical fields. The college has an open admissions policy to provide access to all persons who can benefit from quality educational programs and services.

In addition, the University of Missouri-St. Louis offers classes at the Community College, and Washington University. The University of Missouri-St. Louis and St. Louis University are located a short distance away in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

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graphic St. Peters’ residents have a proud and well-earned reputation for maintaining good health. However, when medical treatment does become necessary, many talented professionals with the most modern, state-of-the-art equipment available are here to help.

Barnes•Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Barnes-Jewish St Peters Hospital is an acute-care hospital licensed for 111 beds located on a campus with two professional buildings housing physicians’ offices. It has more than 400 physicians on its medical staff representing some 30 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. The medical facility offers alternative birth units, 24-hour emergency care, full inpatient services, including 24-hour, physician staffed pediatric, obstetric and intensive care coverage.

St. Joseph Health Center & St. Joseph Hospital West
St. Joseph Health Center and Hospital West offer general acute care as well as a variety of education and prevention programs. Both St. Joseph facilities serve residents of St. Charles County. St. Joseph Health Center is a general acute care hospital that provides primary, secondary, and certain tertiary level services. It offers complete lines of service in such programs as behavioral medicine and cardiopulmonary, medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, critical care, gastroenterology, oncology, and orthopedic services. The St. Joseph Program, the center’s chemical dependency treatment program, provides comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and family therapy services. The health center has been designated as a state trauma center; its neonatal services include both routine and special care nurseries.

SSM St. Charles Clinic Medical Group
Founded as the St. Charles Clinic in 1947, the SSM St. Charles Clinic Medical Group now includes 15 locations in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties and offers primary care physicians as well as specialists in Cardiology, ENT/Head & Neck Surgery, Gastroenterology, Ob/Gyn, and General and Vascular Surgery. Our physicians are on staff at SSM St. Joseph Health Center and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West.

Unity Health Care Center
Unity Health Care Center is a no appointment necessary, professional facility, which has an on-site x-ray and lab facility to aid in making prompt diagnoses. A few of the injuries and illnesses treated at the Care Center are sprains and fractures, cuts and lacerations, eye injuries, rashes and minor burns, cold and flu symptoms, animal and insect bites. They also offer work and school physicals.

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