De Soto, Missouri

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De Soto, Missouri

Introduction to De Soto, Missouri

De Soto, Missouri, in Jefferson county, is located 37 miles SW of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is part of the Saint Louis metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Approximately 6,375 people reside in De Soto.

De Soto History

The city of De Soto was named after a Spanish explorer named Hernando De Soto. It was incorporated in the year 1869. Previously a part of the Louisiana territory, the city was transferred from France to Spain and again back to France in the year 1803. It was also known as "Fountain City" because of the numerous artesian wells spread across the city. The first rail depot of the area was built in the year 1859, which marked the beginning of the development of the city.

De Soto and nearby Attractions

  • Robertsville State Park
  • Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
  • Jefferson Barracks Historical Park
  • Museum of Westward Expansion
  • Saint Louis Holocaust Museum

Things To Do In De Soto

Tourists can enjoy camping, fishing, picnicking, boating at the Robertsville State Park. The city also includes several historic sites such as the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site and the Jefferson Barracks Historical Park, which display memorabilia of the city’s past. Saint Louis Holocaust Museum and the Museum of Westward Expansion are the two other major tourist attractions.

De Soto Transportation

The Lambert - Saint Louis International Airport is few miles away.

De Soto Higher Education

Saint Louis Community College, Saint Louis University, Southwestern Illinois College, University of Missouri, Washington University in Saint Louis, and Webster University offer scopes for higher education.

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High Points

De Soto strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Missouri):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% De Soto Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% De Soto Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of De Soto, Missouri

Comparing De Soto to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Missouri (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 9 7
Female Share of the Population 9 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 7
Age of the Population 6 6
Racial Diversity 3 6
Well-Paid Single Women 3 6
Well-Paid Single Men 3 5
Male Share of the Population 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 6
Portion of People Married 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 3 5
People in Middle Class or Better 3 5
Median Family Income 3 6
College Educated Adults 1 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 6
Walking and Biking to Work 4 7
Public Transportation Use 2 6
Short Commute Times 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 7
Affordability of Rents 9 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 8
People Living Alone 6 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 6
Housing Recently Built 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 4 3
Low Violent Crime 1 1

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De Soto Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 37 miles SW of St. Louis, Missouri
County Jefferson
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 63020
Phone Area Codes 636
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.139
Longitude -90.555

De Soto Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station FESTUS
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 42 to 70 F
Annual Precip 39.9 inches
Distance 24.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 67 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 42.7 inches
Distance 34.7 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
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De Soto Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,375 100%
Male 2,971 46.6%
Female 3,404 53.4%
Under 18 1,611 25.3%
18+ 4,764 74.7%
65+ 1,186 18.6%
Median Age 37.3
Average Family Size 2.99
White 6,165 96.7%
African-American 109 1.7%
Asian 12 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.3%
Other 17 0.3%
Mixed Race 51 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 65 1%

Estimated De Soto Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,552
Growth 177
Growth % 2.8%

De Soto Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 27.8%
French (except Basque) 14.9%
US/American 14.4%
Irish 12.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11%
English 6.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.4%
Dutch 2.2%
Italian 1.7%
French Canadian 1.1%
European 1%
Scottish 1%
Albanian 0.8%
Polish 0.4%
Arab/Arabic 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Bulgarian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, De Soto, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Desoto (63020)
Valles Mines (63020)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
De Soto 6,375 $37,486
Crystal City 4,247 $45,288
Festus 9,660 $46,940
Herculaneum 2,805 $50,615
Hillsboro 1,675 $44,000
Olympian Village 669 $43,438
Pevely 3,768 $37,288

De Soto Public Libraries

De Soto Public Library
De Soto, Missouri
(636) 586-3858

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Wal-mart in De Soto

(As of 2006)
12862 State Road 21
(636) 586-6878
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