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Sunset Hills, Missouri
City
Location of Sunset Hills, Missouri
Location of Sunset Hills, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County St. Louis
Incorporated June 1957 (1957-06)
Area
 • Total 9.14 sq mi (23.67 km2)
 • Land 9.10 sq mi (23.57 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation 617 ft (188 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,496
 • Estimate (2012) 8,516
 • Density 933.6/sq mi (360.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 29-71746
GNIS feature ID 0756773
Website Official website

Sunset Hills is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,496 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Sunset Hills is located at 38°32'8" North, 90°24'14" West (38.535570, -90.403759).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.14 square miles (23.67 km2), of which, 9.10 square miles (23.57 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

Accord to U.S. Geological Survey, the highest point in Sunset Hills is 650 ft. above sea level

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 3,525
1970 4,126 17.0%
1980 4,363 5.7%
1990 4,915 12.7%
2000 8,267 68.2%
2010 8,496 2.8%
Est. 2015 8,539 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census of 2010, there were 8,496 people, 3,424 households, and 2,422 families residing in the city. The population density was 933.6 inhabitants per square mile (360.5/km2). There were 3,635 housing units at an average density of 399.5 per square mile (154.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 2.3% Asian, 1.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 3,424 households of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 50.3 years. 20.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 15.8% were from 25 to 44; 31.6% were from 45 to 64; and 26.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 8,267 people, 3,217 households, and 2,351 families residing in the city. The population density was 915.3 people per square mile (353.5/km²). There were 3,337 housing units at an average density of 369.5 per square mile (142.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.27% White, 1.44% Asian, 1.08% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.29% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 3,217 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $67,576, and the median income for a family was $90,417. Males had a median income of $60,869 versus $35,044 for females. The per capita income for the city was $40,151. About 2.0% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

1990 census

As of the 1990 United States Census, the city had 4,915 residents; due to a series of annexations during the 1990s, the population grew to 7,885 by 1997.

History

Sunset Hills was incorporated in June 1957. In April 1973, it established its own Police Department, and in 1981, it purchased a landscaping service in order to establish the city's public works department.

Around noon on December 31, 2010, an EF3 tornado struck Sunset Hills, destroying several businesses and homes, killing one person, and injuring others in a three- to four-block area around Lindbergh Boulevard.

Points of interest

Sunset Hills is home to Laumeier Sculpture Park, an outdoor sculpture garden. It has rotating indoor exhibitions and numerous large sculptures on the park grounds. Sunset Hills

Community Center

The Sunset Hills Community Center has everything to meet your fitness and health needs. If you have specific fitness goals you are trying to reach, or you are just trying to stay active, we have something here for everyone! Try any of our 20 pieces of cardio equipment consisting of treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, striders, and E-Spinner! We have full-body circuit and 2 sections of free weights ranging from light weights and kettle bells to heavy weight dumbbells. The Community Center also has a gym and meeting rooms that can be utilized and rented by residents and non residents.

Watson Trail Park

At 12450 West Watson Road, is the City's largest park. Hours of park operation are dawn to dusk. 
     Park Amenities
        Watson Trial Park includes the following:
           1 Acre Lake
           2 Picnic Sites
           3 Picnic Shelters
           3 Playgrounds
           4 Tennis Courts
           9 Hole Disc Golf Course
           Aquatic Facility with 3 Pools
           Basketball Court
           Sand Volley Ball Court

Minnie Ha Ha Park

The City opened Minnie Ha Ha Park in July of 2005. It is located south of Highway 30 at the Meramec River and comprised the Minnie Ha Ha Beach that was popular in the 30's. The picnic shelters are available for reservations.
     Park Amenitites
        Walking Trails
        3 playground areas
        3 Picnic Shelters
        Scenic overlook of the Meramec River
        3 soccer fields

Kitun Dog Park

The Cities of Sunset Hills and Crestwood came together to create a community dog park located in Sunset Hills near its' border with neighboring Crestwood. The Dog Park opened in July 2014 and is located inside of Kitun Park off of Eddie and Park Road. Residents of both Sunset Hills and Crestwood can apply for a membership for their dogs for $40 per year. Non-residents may also use the park for an annual fee of $55. All questions and membership registrations should be directed to the City of Sunset Hills Parks & Recreation Department. This new dog park will have a separate area for small dogs and large dogs and is open to residents and non-residents. Tags are available at the Sunset Hills Community Center located at 3915 S. Lindbergh Sunset Hills, MO 63127.

Athletic Complex

The City of Sunset Hills provides 6 athletic fields for the community. Three lighted fields and 1 unlighted field are located at 13555 West Watson Road. There is also 2 unlighted soccer fields located at 801 Old Gravois Road. The fields are utilized by our softball leagues, athletic associations, tournaments and are also available for rent.

Political representation

Sunset Hills is represented by the following state and U.S. congressional members:

  • In the Missouri House of Representatives, Sunset Hills, like Fenton, is part of District 96 and represented by Republican Mike Leara;
  • In the Missouri Senate, it is part of District 15 and represented by Republican Eric Schmitt;
  • In the U.S. House of Representatives, Sunset Hills is part of Missouri's 2nd congressional district and is represented by Republican Ann Wagner, the former United States Ambassador to Luxembourg
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