Florissant is St. Louis County’s largest municipality, but it still manages to feel like a small town in many ways. Theatre buffs, retirees, starting families, and students all find something to appreciate about the city named one of Money Magazines Best Small Cities.
Florissant feels like a city on the outskirts of a city. Quaint neighborhoods have easy access to major roads and shopping areas, making it both peaceful and convenient. In 2012, Florissant was ranked 76 out of 100 in Money Magazine’s list of America’s Best Small Cities. It has also been called the best small city to retire to, and the 2nd safest city in Missouri. Houses tend to be ranch homes and two-story subdivisions, with some older homes available for those that prefer old-school charm.
The exact date that settlers first came to occupy the Valley of Florissant is unknown. But local tales have it that Florissant is one of the oldest settlements in Missouri, as old as St. Louis itself. The city’s real growth spurt happened after World War II, however, when major industries moved to the city.
Florissant spans interstates 270 and 67, and is an equal distance drive between downtown St. Louis and Lambert International airport.
The Florissant Civic Center Theatre (FCCT) hosts many productions for both residents and visitors to enjoy. The theatre seats 567 and features a fully draped traditional proscenium stage. Over 120,000 patrons annually attend performances of all types here. It is also home to several theatre companies, including the Hawthorne Players and The Alpha Players of Florissant. The FCC Theatre and Art Gallery are available for use by patrons who wish to produce shows, house art exhibits, or hold meetings/conventions.
Florissant is covered by the Hazelwood and Ferguson-Florissant public school districts. There are several K-8 parochial schools in Florissant, some of which are highly regarded in the area. Florissant is also home to two theological colleges and an extension campus for Lindenwood University. Florissant Valley Community College and University of Missouri-St. Louis are located nearby in neighboring Ferguson.
- Population: 52,006
- Zip Code: 63031, 63033, 63034
- School Districts: Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood
- Library: Florissant Valley
Parks & Recreation
- Bangert – 275 New Florissant Road13 acre park with BBQ pits, comfort station, horseshoe pits, lighted multi-use field, pavilions, picnic area, playgrounds, outdoor pool, and sand volleyball court.
- Behlmann – Loekes Dr & Winsted Place7 acre park with multi-use field and playground.
- Blackfoot – Canisius & Marnresa2 acre park with playground and tennis court.
- Blanche’s Spring Park – 110 Aubuchon1 acre.
- Champlain-Florval – Marquette & Queens Drive2 acre park with playground.
- Coldwater Commons – St. Denis & St. Francois10 acre park with gazebo.
- Davison – Rue St. Catherine & St. Pierre1 acre park with gazebo.
- Duchesne – Manion Park Rd. & Bower Lane10 acre park with BBQ pit, comfort station, pavilion, and playground.
- Dungant – Derhake Rd. & Pohlman Road52 acre park with ball fields, BBQ pits, comfort stations, handball courts, lighted multi-use field, pavilion, playgrounds, tennis courts, and skateboard area.
- Jame J. Eagen Ctr – Parker & Waterford10 acre park with comfort stations, ice rink, and indoor pool.
- Florissant Valley – Parker Rd. & Waterford Drive30 acre park with playground and soccer field.
- Koch – Charbonier & Howdershell70 acre park with archery ranges, ball fields, BBQ pits, comfort stations, handball court, lighted multi-use field, pavilions, playgrounds, outdoor pool, sand volleyball court, soccer field, and lighted tennis courts.
- Little Woods – Park Rd. & Castello Lane1 acre park with playground.
- Loretto Mano – Patterson Rd. & Angelus Drive2 acre park with playground.
- Manion – Graham Rd. & Manion Park Drive6 acre park with BBQ pit, comfort station, lighted multi-use field, pavilion, and playground.
- Mullanphy – Mullanphy & Night Drive9.5 acre park with ball fields, BBQ pit, comfort station, multi-use field, pavilion, playground and lighted tennis courts.
- St. Ferdinand – St. Ferdinand & Highway 6764 acre park.
- Spanish Land Grant – St. Charles & St. Denis Street2.5 acre park.
- Sunset – Humes & Sunset Park Drive90 acre park.
- Tower – New Florissant Rd. & Washington Street2 acre park.