Facts About St. Joseph, Missouri
St. Joseph is a city in and the county seat of Buchanan County, Missouri, United States. It is the principal city of the St. Joseph Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Buchanan, Andrew, and DeKalb counties in Missouri and Doniphan County, Kansas. As of the 2010 census, St. Joseph had a total population of 76,780, making it the eighth largest city in the state, and the third largest in Northwest Missouri.
Named after the biblical Saint Joseph, the city is located on the Missouri River. It is perhaps best known as the starting point of the Pony Express and the death place of Jesse James; it is also the birthplace of hip hop star Eminem. St. Joseph is also home to Missouri Western State University.
Saint Joseph is located at 39°45′29″N 94°50′12″W (39.757944, -94.836541), on the Missouri/Kansas border in northwestern Missouri, also close to Nebraska; Iowa is another 70 miles further north. The nearest major metropolitan area to St. Joseph is the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, which begins approximately 30 miles (48 km) to the south. The nearest major airport is Kansas City International Airport, which is approximately 35 miles (56 km) to the south. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 44.77 square miles (115.95 km²), of which 43.99 square miles (113.93 km²) is land and 0.78 square miles (2.02 km²) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 76,780 people, 29,727 households, and 18,492 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,745.4 inhabitants per square mile (673.9/km²). There were 33,189 housing units at an average density of 754.5 per square mile (291.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.8% White, 6.0% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.0% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.7% of the population.
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