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Ellisville, Missouri
Location of Ellisville, Missouri
Location of Ellisville, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County St. Louis
Area
 • Total 4.37 sq mi (11.32 km2)
 • Land 4.37 sq mi (11.32 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
732 ft (223 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,985
 • Density 2,284.9/sq mi (882.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
63011, 63021, 63038
Area code(s) 636
FIPS code 29-21898
GNIS feature ID 0756018

Ellisville is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States within Greater St. Louis. It is a western outer-ring suburb of St. Louis. The population was 9,985 at the 2020 census.

In 2009, Money magazine ranked Ellisville #25 on the annual Best Places to Live in America list. The city is also currently an EPA Superfund site.

History

Ellisville was settled by Captain James Harvey Ferris of Kentucky before 1837. He brought slaves with him when he settled his property south of Manchester and west of Kiefer Creek Road, and it was here that the house that became known as the "Ellis House" was constructed. The bricks used for construction of the house were handmade by the slaves, and it was also called the "Brick Place" for this reason.

Captain Ferris sold the house to Vespasian Ellis, a newspaper editor in St. Louis. The Old School Democrat, the Native American Bulletin, the Washington Temperance Paper, and The Native American were publications edited by Ellis. In 1842, Ellis became the United States consul to Venezuela. He ran several ads in the Native American Bulletin in an effort to sell his Ellisville farm. As a result, it was sold to William A. Hereford in 1842 or 1843. Hereford was a Virginian and is credited with the naming of Ellisville after his former post office in Ellisville, Virginia. Hereford opened the first post office here on May 2, 1843. Some believe that the Ellis House itself actually served as the post office for a time. All historical accounts of the area give the same history, but none state clearly whether the town was named for Vespasian Ellis or by William Hereford for his Virginia post office.

Hereford sold to Samuel Wilson, and he sold to Major Clarkson of Kentucky for whom Clarkson Road is named. Major Clarkson sold to Captain Benjamin F. Hutchinson of Kentucky, a steamboat captain and the owner of at least three steamboats. Captain Hutchinson raised fine horses and planted extensive orchards, greatly improving the surrounding countryside. In 1868, Captain Hutchison subdivided his farm into small lots.

Adam Doering purchased the brick house and a considerable portion of the land. John Henry William Rasch purchased the house about 1896 from the Doerings. The Ellisville House stood until 1969 when it was razed.

Geography

Ellisville is located at 38°35′38″N 90°35′15″W / 38.59389°N 90.58750°W / 38.59389; -90.58750 (38.594003, -90.587490).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.39 square miles (11.37 km2), all of it land.

Located 13 miles (21 km) west of the western city limits of St. Louis, Ellisville is located approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Interstate 64, 5 miles north of Interstate 44, and 7 miles (11 km) west of Interstate 270. There are two primary arterial roads which bisect Ellisville: Missouri Route 100 (Manchester Road) and Missouri Route 340 (Clarkson Road). Ellisville is bordered by the city of Clarkson Valley to the north, the city of Ballwin to the east and southeast, unincorporated St. Louis County to the south, and the city of Wildwood to the west.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 288
1950 628 118.1%
1960 2,732 335.0%
1970 4,681 71.3%
1980 6,233 33.2%
1990 7,545 21.0%
2000 9,104 20.7%
2010 9,133 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

As of the 2020 census, there were 9,985 people and 3,820 households living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 82.5% White, 2.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 7.3% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 6.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 9,169 people, 3,669 households, and 2,469 families living in the city. The population density was 2,080.4 inhabitants per square mile (803.2/km2). There were 3,802 housing units at an average density of 866.1 per square mile (334.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.7% White, 1.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 4.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 3,621 households, of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.0% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 44.7 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21% were from 25 to 44; 29.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

Transportation

Highways and major roads

Missouri Route 340 (Clarkson Road) runs on north-south through much of Ellisville before turning into Kiefer Creek Road. Missouri Route 100 (Manchester Road) runs east-west through Ellisville.

Public transportation

Public transportation is provided by Metro and connects Ellisville to many other portions of Greater St. Louis by bus routes.

Attractions

The Ellisville Dog Park, which opened in October 2012 is located in Bluebird Park.

Education

The St. Louis County Library Daniel Boone Branch and Asian Center is located in Ellisville.

Public Schools

Ellisville Elementary, Ridge Meadows Elementary, and Crestview Middle are three schools in the Rockwood School District, and located in Ellisville.

Private Schools

The following schools are within the city limits of Ellisville: St. Clare of Assisi and St. John Lutheran School

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