Portage des Sioux

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Portage Des Sioux is a city in St. Charles County. The town sits on the Mississippi River roughly opposite Alton, and is the home of the riverside shrine of Our Lady of the Rivers. The population was 351 at the 2000 census. The city was founded in 1799 by Spanish Lt. Gov. Zenon Trudeau and François Saucier in reaction to American plans to build a military post about twelve miles downstream. The French name derives from the overland escape route between the Missouri River and Mississippi River used by a band of Sioux, fleeing enemies; they used this area as a portage for their canoes, outdistancing their rivals who instead paddled all of the way to the confluence of the rivers.


As of the census of 2000, there were 351 people, 134 households, and 95 families residing in the city. The population density was 745.3/mi². There were 152 housing units at an average density of 322.8/mi². The racial

There were 134 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 106.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,333, and the median income for a family was $42,321. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,693. About 2.8% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Portage Des Sioux is located at 38°55′35″N, 90°20′35″W (38.926348, -90.342982).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 mi². 0.5 mi² of it is land and 0.04 mi² of it (7.84%) is water. <googlemap lat="38.923894" lon="-90.33989" zoom="11" width="700" controls="large">38.92358, -90.34548, Portage des Sioux, MO</googlemap>

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