Location of Olivette, Missouri
|• Total||2.78 sq mi (7.20 km2)|
|• Land||2.78 sq mi (7.20 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||663 ft (202 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||7,785|
|• Density||2,783.1/sq mi (1,074.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0756479|
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.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,737 people, 3,068 households, and 2,216 families residing 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 population.
There were 3,068 households of which 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 all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.
The median age in the city 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 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,438 people, 3,096 households, and 2,173 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,667.5 people per square mile (1,029.3/km²). There were 3,231 housing units at an average density of 1,158.7 per square mile (447.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.38% White, 21.90% African American, 0.08% Native American, 5.00% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.
There were 3,096 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $57,669, and the median income for a family was $67,569. Males had a median income of $49,853 versus $35,278 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,379. About 3.6% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 0.7% of those age 65 or over.
The public Ladue School District serves all of Olivette. Old Bonhomme Elementary School is located within the city limits. Private schools located within the city include Logos High School, Epstein Hebrew Academy, and Immanuel Lutheran School (Olivette).
Hilltop Elementary school (erected in 1962) closed down and replaced with homes.
- Jim Bakken, former Cardinals football player
- Lou Brock, former St. Louis Cardinals baseball outfielder
- Jim Hart, former Cardinals football player
- Ken Holtzman, former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Jay Randolph, current St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster
- Johnny Roland, former Cardinals football player
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