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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.

People

Total Population 6,469
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 21.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,255
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 40.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,699
% Above Poverty Level 77.2%
% Below Poverty Level 22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.1%
Median Gross Rent $672
Median House Value $96,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.1%
Irish 15.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station FARMINGTON
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
Station KASKASKIA RIV NAV LOCK
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Crystal City 4,829 $53,483
Festus 11,839 $54,127
Herculaneum 3,762 $63,725
Hillsboro 2,980 $58,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

De Soto Public Libraries

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De Soto Public Library
712 SOUTH MAIN STREET
De Soto, Missouri
(636) 586-3858

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