Located just minutes west of St. Louis County, the community of O'Fallon is one of the fastest-growing and most charming communities in the Show Me State. With an estimated 2011 population of more than 80,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city's growth indicates why so many Missorians are looking for O'Fallon apartments for rent. The seventh largest city in Missouri was included in Money magazine's list of America's 100 Best Places to Live four consecutive times, making it an attractive area for many Missouri renters.
In 1856, German immigrant Nicholas Krekel became O'Fallon's first resident a retailer when he opened the city's first store outside of his house. After his brother bought land in the area, he captured the pioneer spirit and quickly seized the opportunity to flourish in the expansive Midwestern region of the country. Soon after the city began to settle, he plotted a town and donated some of the property to develop a new railroad line.
The city was first incorporated in 1912 with about 600 residents. Mayor Jacoby was the town's first local and built the community's first drug store, installed O'Fallon's first telephone switchboard and invented a new type of grain reaper. In 1939, the town launched into an era of innovation after the city voted to install their first sanitary water and sewer system, attracting even more people into the area.
In the latter part of the 20th century, O'Fallon began growing due to the city's focus on infrastructure and residential, retail and manufacturing growth, resulting in a 25 percent increase in jobs. Because of the town's openness to innovation and growth, the community eventually became a boomtown.
One of the largest institutions in the area is Lindenwood University. This 4-year liberal arts school offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degrees in a multitude of fields. With approximately 17,000 students, people going to Lindenwood can expect to get an integrative education with everything a large campus has to offer. Another popular school in the area is nearby Maryville University, a smaller campus of around 3,900 students with a variety of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's Best Colleges in the national universities category, you are sure to get a great education as a student living in O'Fallon.
According to O'Fallon's Economic Development Department, the largest private employers in the area include Citi, Mastercard International, LLC, and True Manufacturing Company, Inc. The leading industries are in finance and manufacturing, but there are blossoming management and wholesale retail sectors developing here as well. Whether you are staying in town or traveling to nearby St. Louis for work, finding O'Fallon rentals near Interstates 64 and 70 is your best option for cutting back on a lengthy commute time.
Despite being voted one of the best cities in the United States to live and being in such close proximity to everything St. Louis has to offer, the cost of living index in the area is more than 10 points below the national average, making O'Fallon a very affordable place to live. According to information from city-data.com, the median gross rent in the area was $831 per month and the the median household income was about $20,000 more than the average Missouri resident.
O'Fallon's largest and most popular festival of the year is the Heritage and Freedom Fest held annually during the Fourth of July celebration. Live music acts from all over the country perform, a parade is held throughout the city, there is a carnival and crafts for the kids and a large fireworks display to get the entire city in the patriotic spirit.
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