Edwards' annual directory to the inhabitants, institutions, incorporated companies, business, business firms, manufacturing establishments, etc., in the city of Saint Louis
The Population Of St. Louis.

The growth has been rapid. The following table shows the popula-
tion of St. Louis at different periods:—

1764 120
1780 687
1785 897
1788 1,197
1799 925
1811 1,400
1820 4,928
1828 5,000
1830 5,852
1833 6,397
1835 8,316
1837 012,040
1840 16,469
1844 34,140
1850 74,439
1852 94,000
1856 125,200
1859 185,587
1866 224,327
1867 245,200

And at the present writing the population may be safely estimated at
two hundred and forty-five thousand. At the lowest rate of decimal in-
crease, St. Louis in 1900 would contain more than one million inhabit-
ants. This number certainly seems to exceed the present probability of
realization, but the future growth of St. Louis, vitalized by the mightiest
forces of a free civilization, and quickened by the exchanges of a conti-
nental commerce, ought to surpass the rapidity of its past development.