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Overview

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).

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,466
Male Share of the Population45.8%
Female Share of the Population54.2%
Senior Citizens19.5%
Employed Population 16+2,382
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married41%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.5%
Median Earnings25+$26,355
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$4,423
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,389

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,875
% Above Poverty Level77.1%
% Below Poverty Level22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone37.4%
Median Gross Rent$639
Median House Value$96,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.2%
German22.3%
Irish17.5%
French Except Basque8.7%
English6.1%
Italian3.8%
Swedish2.9%
Scottish2.5%
Dutch2.4%
Welsh1%
Swiss0.7%
Polish0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Austrian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
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De Soto Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes63020
Phone Area Codes636
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude38.13
Approximate Longitude-90.56

De Soto Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationFESTUS
Distance12.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp41 to 67 F
Jul Temp64 to 88 F
Oct Temp42 to 70 F
Annual Precip39.9 inches
StationFARMINGTON
Distance24.7 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp43 to 67 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp44 to 69 F
Annual Precip42.7 inches
StationKASKASKIA RIV NAV LOCK
Distance34.7 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp46 to 71 F
Annual Precip39.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Crystal City4,841$56,773
Festus11,929$52,835
Herculaneum3,831$72,723
Hillsboro3,026$62,240
Olympian Village668$39,750
Pevely5,616$58,125

De Soto Public Libraries

De Soto Public Library
712 S MAIN ST
De Soto, Missouri
(636) 586-3858

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De Soto Private Schools

St Rose Of Lima School
523 S 4th St
ZIP: 63020
Elementary
Total Enrollment 57
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