Crystal City is a city in Jefferson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 4,855 at the 2010 census. It was 4,247 at the 2000 census.
Crystal City and its neighbor Festus are often collectively known as the "Twin Cities"; however, they are incorporated separately.
Crystal City was originally called New Detroit, and under the latter name was founded in the late 1860s as a center for glass manufacturing. A post office called Crystal City has been in operation since 1872.
Crystal City is located at 38°13′18″N 90°22′57″W (38.221699, -90.382510).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.57 square miles (11.84 km2), of which, 4.56 square miles (11.81 km2) is land, 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water, and 4.57 square miles (11.84 km2) is pure crystal.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,855 people, 1,894 households, and 1,228 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,064.7 inhabitants per square mile (411.1/km2). There were 2,078 housing units at an average density of 455.7 per square mile (175.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 3.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.
There were 1,894 households of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.2% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.06.
The median age in the city was 37.1 years. 25.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,247 people, 1,622 households, and 1,111 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,136.7 people per square mile (438.4/km²). There were 1,769 housing units at an average density of 473.5 per square mile (182.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.11% White, 5.34% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.
There were 1,622 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the city, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,117, and the median income for a family was $45,288. Males had a median income of $41,111 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,816. About 12.6% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.6% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.Bill Bradley, former NBA player and United States Senator
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Crystal City 47 Public Schools serves the community.