Local Government

Savvy Community Direction, but “Small Town” Vibe

We’re a city who knows where we’ve been, and where we’re headed. Founded in 1838, Buchanan County is home to more than 85,000 individuals. St. Joseph is the largest city, with a population of over 76,000 residents. Set alongside the Missouri River bluffs, we’ve got our own unique identity and plans for our future even though we’re close to cities like Kansas City and Omaha. Our leadership and local government is focused on progress and resident needs, but with an approachable, welcoming atmosphere. Leadership is made up of residents and transplants, giving us a forward-thinking perspective with an appreciation for what makes us, us.