Des Peres, Missouri

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Des Peres, Missouri

Introduction to Des Peres, Missouri

Des Peres, Missouri, in St. Louis county, is located 8 miles W of St. Louis, Missouri. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Saint Louis metropolitan area with. Des Pere’s population is approximately 8,592.

Des Peres History

Des Peres City derived its name from a French word meaning 'fathers.' The city was named after the river Des Peres, which ran through the town. The Michigamea, Moingwena, Tamaora and Kaskaskia Native Americans were the first settlers in this area. The first Europeans settled in this area in the early 1800s. By 1850, the city’s population increased to 75,000.

Des Peres and nearby Attractions

  • Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
  • Saint Louis Holocaust Museum
  • Castlewood State Park
  • Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
  • Jefferson Barracks Historical Park
  • Frank Holten State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Des Peres

The Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, the Jefferson Barracks Historical Park are accessible from Des Peres. Recreational parks include the Frank Holten State Recreation Area and the Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area.

Des Peres Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport.

Des Peres Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include Washington University, the Maryville University of Saint Louis Principia College and Webster University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Des Peres Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Des Peres People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Des Peres College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Des Peres Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Des Peres Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 8% Des Peres Well-Paid Single Women
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Des Peres Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Des Peres, Missouri

Comparing Des Peres 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
Age of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Male Share of the Population 7 8
Senior Citizens 6 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 3
Racial Diversity 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 10
Short Commute Times 6 7
Walking and Biking to Work 3 6
Public Transportation Use 1 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1
Affordability of Rents 2 1
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 8
Low Property Crime 3 3

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Des Peres Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles W of St. Louis, Missouri
County St Louis
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 63122, 63131
Phone Area Codes 314
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.6
Longitude -90.432

Des Peres Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 47 to 67 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 68 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 42 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 38.2 inches
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Des Peres Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,592 100%
Male 4,166 48.5%
Female 4,426 51.5%
Under 18 2,383 27.7%
18+ 6,209 72.3%
65+ 1,325 15.4%
Median Age 42.4
Average Family Size 3.12
White 8,296 96.6%
African-American 68 0.8%
Asian 157 1.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 16 0.2%
Other 13 0.2%
Mixed Race 39 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 71 0.8%

Estimated Des Peres Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,619
Growth 27
Growth % 0.3%

Des Peres 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 37.7%
Irish 18.4%
English 10.5%
US/American 6.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.6%
Italian 5%
French (except Basque) 2.7%
Scottish 1.4%
Polish 1.4%
Norwegian 1.2%
European 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Eastern European 0.7%
Swedish 0.7%
Dutch 0.6%
Russian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Swiss 0.5%
British 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
New Zealander 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
Lebanese 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Des Peres 8,592 $106,195
Crystal Lake Park 457 $91,765
Frontenac 3,483 $136,972
Huntleigh 323 $200,001
Kirkwood 27,324 $72,830
Rock Hill 4,765 $58,300
Warson Woods 1,983 $97,147

Starbucks in Des Peres

(As of 2005)
West County Mall Kiosk
80 West County Centre
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