Bel-Nor is a northwestern suburban city of St. Louis in St. Louis CountyMissouri, United States. The population was 1,499 as of the 2010 census.[6] The events that were the basis for the 1971 novel and 1973 movie The Exorcist have a connection to the village of Bel-Nor. In April 2015, the residents of Bel-Nor voted to become a city.[7]

Bel-Nor incorporated in November 1937 and uses a village form of government with five elected trustees. Bel-Nor provides police service, street maintenance and snow plowing.[11]

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is partially within Bel-Nor.[12][13] Bel-Nor is also home to Incarnate Word Academy.

The Normandie Golf Club, which claims to be the oldest public golf course west of the Mississippi River, is adjacent to the city. It was created in 1901 as the Normandy Country Club.[14] Recently, village residents have been fighting in court to stop a planned redevelopment of Normandie Golf Course into residential housing.[14]


The Bel-Nor Police Department (BNPD) is responsible for law enforcement and traffic control for the City of Bel-Nor. It consists of a small number of trained officers, and a fleet of three Dodge Charger patrol cars and one Ford Explorer patrol SUV. Bel-Nor officers are known for strict speed enforcement on Natural Bridge Road and are known to assist Bel-Ridge officers on mutual aid calls and traffic stops. Bel-Nor officers can also be seen regularly on the UMSL campus, as a section of this campus lies within Bel-Nor. Bel-Nor units are dispatched by the St. Louis County 2nd Precinct dispatch channel.


The film The Exorcist was based on an exorcism that happened within the village of Bel-Nor in 1949.[citation needed][15]

Bel-Nor, Missouri
Location of Bel-Nor, Missouri
Location of Bel-Nor, Missouri
Coordinates: 38°42′14″N 90°19′2″WCoordinates38°42′14″N 90°19′2″W
Country United States
State Missouri
County St. Louis
Founded 1937
 • Total 0.63 sq mi (1.64 km2)
 • Land 0.63 sq mi (1.63 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
633 ft (193 m)
 • Total 1,499
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,312.20/sq mi (892.53/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 29-04348[4]
GNIS feature ID 0755742[5]
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