A former county seal, used from 2018 to 2022, was posted on the
subreddit r/CrappyDesign where it received considerable attention and was covered by local and national news organizations. It was criticized for being "overdone" and "amateurish," though some said they felt it stood out and was "spontaneous."
The seal was designed by
county commissioner Harold Gallaher and incorporated components from an older 1982 seal designed by a high school student in
needlework. The seal was unanimously approved by the county commission and was used on government signage and vehicles.
In response to the attention it received, the county held a contest to redesign the seal. Gallaher requested that the redesign make reference to the
parks in the county as well as include elements from the old seal. The county received 264 or 282 entries from 33 counties and 35 states, of which three finalists were chosen. Some included the St. Francois County Courthouse and referenced the county's
mining history. The winning design was submitted by Bryan Finch, a graphic designer from
Farmington, Missouri, a city in St. Francois County.
As of the
census of 2000, there were 55,641 people, 20,793 households, and 14,659 families residing in the county. The population density was 124 inhabitants per square mile (48/km2). There were 24,449 housing units at an average density of 54 units per square mile (21/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.14%
African American, 0.35%
Native American, 0.31%
Pacific Islander, 0.23% from
other races, and 0.92% from two or more races.
Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.
There were 20,793 households, out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were
married couples living together, 11.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.00% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 103.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,551, and the median income for a family was $47,923. Males had a median income of $29,961 versus $19,412 for females. The
per capita income for the county was $19,047. Approximately 14.90% of the population and 11.00% of families were below the
poverty line, including 19.80% under the age of 18 and 11.50% over the age of 65.
According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2000), St. Francois County is a part of the
Bible Belt with evangelical Protestantism being the majority religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in St. Francois County who adhere to a religion are
Southern Baptists (45.48%),
Roman Catholics (14.94%), and
Methodists (8.37%). There is also a small Orthodox Christian presence in the county, an example being Nativity of the Holy Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Desloge, MO.
Catholic Churches in the county are Immaculate Conception in Park Hills, St. Joseph in Farmington, St. Joseph in Bonne Terre, St. John in Bismarck, and St. Anne in French Village.
District 117 — Currently represented by
Mike Henderson (R-
Bonne Terre). It consists of the western parts of the county and includes the communities of Bismarck, Bonne Terre, Desloge, Doe Run, Iron Mountain Lake, Leadington, Leadwood, and parts of Farmington and Park Hills.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 117 — St. Francois County (2020)
During the 2020
COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the St. Francois County
Public Health Department described being driven to resign from her position by residents who refused to "accept the reality of the pandemic" and made “cowardly“ anonymous
threats against her and her family.
Of adults 25 years of age and older in St. Francois County, 72.4% possess a
high school diploma or higher while 10.2% hold a
bachelor's degree or higher as their highest level of educational attainment.