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Olivette, Missouri
Location of Olivette, Missouri
Location of Olivette, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County St. Louis
Area
 • Total 2.77 sq mi (7.18 km2)
 • Land 2.77 sq mi (7.18 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
663 ft (202 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 8,504
 • Density 3,070/sq mi (1,184.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code 29-54650
GNIS feature ID 0756479
Website http://www.olivettemo.com

Olivette is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,504 at the 2020 census.

History

Olivette was settled in the mid-19th century as a small farming community along an old Indian trail originally called the Bonhomme Road (now known as Old Bonhomme, which meets and essentially turns into Olive Boulevard). Olive Road is a ridge road and at one time served as a de facto boundary for housing segregation in outer St. Louis.

Olivette was incorporated in 1930 by combining the communities of Central, Tower Hill, Olive, and Stratmann. It was once called Central due to its centralized location along the Central Plank Road (again, now called Olive Boulevard). In fact, Price Road and Olive Boulevard intersect at the exact midpoint between the Port of St. Louis on the Mississippi River and Howell's Landing on the Missouri River. Central became the best stop for wagons to restock on their journey between the two stops. Olivette is home to the first brick schoolhouse in St. Louis County at the corner of Price and Old Bonhomme. For the past 150 years, a schoolhouse has occupied this corner. Logos High School sits here now. Olivette is one of the communities in the county that still maintains its own municipal fire department as well as police department.

Geography

Olivette is located at 38°40′23″N 90°22′38″W / 38.67306°N 90.37722°W / 38.67306; -90.37722 (38.672951, -90.377328). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.78 square miles (7.20 km2), all of it land.

Key roads through Olivette include Missouri Route 340 (Olive Boulevard), Price Road, Dielman Road, Old Bonhomme Road, and Interstate 170.

Olivette's neighbors include Overland and unincorporated St. Louis County to the north, Creve Coeur to the west, Ladue to the south, and University City to the east.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 987
1950 1,761 78.4%
1960 8,257 368.9%
1970 9,156 10.9%
1980 7,952 −13.1%
1990 7,573 −4.8%
2000 7,438 −1.8%
2010 7,737 4.0%
2020 8,504 9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census 2010., 2020

2020 census

As of the 2020 census there were 8,504 people, and 2,926 households living in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 52.4% White, 22.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 16.7% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 7.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 7,737 people, 3,068 households, and 2,216 families living in the city. The population density was 2,783.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,074.6/km2). There were 3,275 housing units at an average density of 1,178.1 per square mile (454.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 60.9% White, 23.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 10.7% Asian, 1.7% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3%.

Of the 3,068 households 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.8% were non-families. 24.1% of households were one person and 10.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age was 41.8 years. 25.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 29.4% were from 45 to 64; and 16.4% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

Education

The public Ladue School District serves all of Olivette. Old Bonhomme Elementary School is located within the city limits. Ladue High School serves high school students in Olivette. Private schools located within the city include Logos High School, Epstein Hebrew Academy, and Immanuel Lutheran School (Olivette).

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