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Needs a LOT of improvement
I have lived in Bonne Terre for the past sixteen years and the only aspect keeping me here is the affordable cost of living. Many other aspects of the town are awful. As far as nightlife, shopping, restaurants, and other attractions, there isn’t much, but a short ten to fifteen minute drive will take you to Farmington where there is much more.
The education has little to offer as well. I went to North County High School all four years and learned practically nothing because few of the teachers cared or were willing to put forth the effort to educate the youth. The office and administration were not great either, giving leniency to the students who had relatives working at the school (even when in possession of illegal substances on a school bus during a field trip). I’m not going off about the school district because I was a poor student or was disciplined often (I was actually in the top ten in the class of 2019) , but if you are considering moving to the area and want your children to be prepared for college, do not send them to North County. Despite not prepping students for college, the school is located directly next to Unitec where students are allowed to go during to school day to learn about various trades (photography, construction, RNA training, etc.). The educators at Unitec are wonderful and experts in their fields.
Concerning the safety, the town was at one time quiet (very little crime and friendly people), but in the past few years the crime has steadily gotten worse and nothing is being done about it. Meth seems to be the drug of choice in Bonne Terre, and meth labs seem to litter the town. My neighbors had an active drug lab going behind their house for two years. Although other neighbors and I reported the problem, action was never taken (despite being able to smell the meth from the street and being less than a mile from City Hall and the center of town). Thankfully my meth-lab-neighbors moved and we haven’t had problems since. Other than drugs, Bonne Terre has also had a recent spout of theft. Last week I had my wallet stolen and a friend living a few blocks away had her car stolen. The police do their best to keep up with the issues but it often does not result in people being put away for their crimes. I personally think a larger police force may be needed to at least get rid of the drug problem and keep up with the growing population.
I have a lot more to say about this town, but posting on a public forum may anger the whole “good-ole-boy” system in place and cause trouble for my family. If you are considering moving to the area I hope my review was helpful.
Anonymous (Current resident)
Jul 19, 2019
Source: The Bonne Terre, MO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).