is a city in Jefferson County
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. The 2009 estimated population is 5,883. The population was 3,768 at the 2000 census
The Twenty-second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13.2% over the 248,709,873 persons enumerated during the 1990 Census...
. Charles S. Rankin founded the city in September 1860; the origin of the name was originally Pevely Springs named after an early inhabitant then later shortened to Pevely.
Pevely is located at 38°17′2"N 90°23′49"W (38.283894, -90.397022).
According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square mile (0.258998811 km²) of it (2.63%) is water.
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 3,768 people, 1,411 households, and 1,008 families residing in the city. As of 2006, the city boasts almost 4,400 in population. The population density
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was 1,133.7 people per square mile (438.2/km²). There were 1,482 housing units at an average density of 445.9 per square mile (172.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.89% White, 1.59% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.29% from other races
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, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.
There were 1,411 households out of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples
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living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the city the population was spread out with 30.1% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,916, and the median income for a family was $37,288. Males had a median income of $32,301 versus $20,673 for females. The per capita income
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for the city was $14,403. About 19.7% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.7% of those under age 18 and 19.5% of those age 65 or over.
is a high-banked 1/3 mile high banked dirt oval that features racing on Saturday nights. U.M.P. DIRTcar Late Models, U.M.P. DIRTcar Modifieds, U.M.P. DIRTcar/A.A.R.A. Sportsman and U.M.P. DIRTcar/A.A.R.A Pro 4 Stocks headline the weekly racing program. Famous international racers, such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., can be seen sometimes on NASCAR nights. It is said to be the largest dirt track in a radius of 100 miles.
is co-owner/promoter of I-55 Raceway with Ray Marler.
Pevely Flea Market
, which originally was the Sixty One South Drive-In
one of the largest drive-in movie theaters around until the 80's, is now the largest flea market in the Mid-West. It features inside booths (called the "Marketplace"), as well as outside booths and shops.
The Homecoming Festival
previously known as The Pevely Fall Festival
is held annually the third weekend in August . The event is held at Pevely City Park 1 on County Road. Rides will be featured, as well as booths and games. Traditionally the Fall Festival has taken place on the 4th Friday-Saturday of September. Weather, particularly rain, has been an issue in years past, and is one of the reasons it has been switched to August.