Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Panel outlines population shifts in St. Louis County's council districts

By Jo Mannies, Beacon political reporter

Four of St. Louis County's seven council districts have lost population during the past 10 years, which will force changes in all the boundary lines in the next few months. The four: the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th districts.

The 14-person commission charged with drawing those lines laid out the numbers during Monday night's first public hearing on the matter, held in the County Council chambers in Clayton. Only a handful of people showed up, with only one offering comments.

The largest percentage loss -- 7.7 percent -- took place in the 1st council district, which takes in the near north St. Louis County suburban communities of Jennings and Wellston, among others. Next comes the neighboring 2nd District (loss: 4.3 percent), which takes in such northwest St. Louis County communities as Maryland Heights, St. Ann and Overland.

The 4th District -- which includes Black Jack and part of Florissant -- lost 3.6 percent. The 5th, which spans from University City south and west through Shrewsbury and Webster Groves, lost 1.9 percent.

Not surprisingly, the biggest gain over the last decade -- 3.8 percent -- was in the county's 7th District, which takes in far west St. Louis County and the communities of Wildwood and Chesterfield. The 3rd District, which takes in central-west communities such as Creve Coeur and Kirkwood, grew 1.4 percent. The remaining 6th District, in far south St. Louis County, remained stable, growing just .3 percent.
Read more at: http://www.stlbeacon.org/issues-politics/176-Missouri_Issues/111565-panel-outlines-population-shifts-in-st-louis-countys-council-districts

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