Southampton, St. Louis

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St. Louis neighborhood
Location of Southampton within Saint Louis
Location of Southampton within Saint Louis
Country United States
State Missouri
City St. Louis
Wards 13, 14, 16
 • Total 0.7 sq mi (2 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 6,904
 • Density 9,900/sq mi (3,800/km2)
ZIP code(s) Part of 63109
Area code(s) 314

Southampton is a neighborhood in Saint Louis, Missouri. Located in the southwestern reaches of the city, its borders are Chippewa Street (Route 366) (formerly U.S. Route 66) on the north, Hampton Avenue on the west, Eichelberger Street on the south, and South Kingshighway Boulevard on the east. It is a quiet neighborhood that was historically populated by Germanic immigrants. Typical residential architectural styles include "Hansel and Gretel", Neo-Tudor, Arts & Crafts, and Foursquare bungalows. Although the earliest housing is dated from 1905-1915, most of the houses were built from the 1920s to the late 1930s and are primarily brick and stone. A portion of the neighborhood was platted by an Anglophile who used English (and one Scottish) locations to name the streets and avenues (Devonshire, Lansdowne, Nottingham, Sutherland). The neighborhood also contains the only alley in the city divided by a median (running one block between Chippewa Street and Winona Avenue from Macklind to Brannon Avenues, the median being at one time part of the track for a privately owned rail line).

The neighborhood has been experiencing an influx of new residents since the 1990s. The area has a low crime rate and has traditionally been home to a large number of firefighters and police officers, as a result of a Saint Louis regulation requiring city employees to live within the city limits. Many new owners are middle class and upper middle class as the property values saw large increases after 2003.

Southampton is located near many Saint Louis attractions. It is nine miles from downtown and the Saint Louis Arch. Grant's Farm is minutes south by car, and Forest Park (home of the Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, and the Muny Theater) is just north on Hampton Avenue. The Missouri Botanical Garden is minutes away by car as well.

The Macklind Avenue Business District[2] runs through the center of the neighborhood on Macklind Avenue from Devonshire Avenue to Eichelberger Street. There are many new businesses and small established businesses.

The Southampton Neighborhood Association[3] is an active part of the community. It sponsored the group which built and controls the Southwest City Dog Park[4] in Wilmore Park.

Southampton is divided into several Catholic parishes. Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church[5] is located on South Kingshighway Boulevard at Bancroft Avenue in the northeast, with Saint Mary Magdelen School next to it at South Kingshighway Boulevard and Sutherland Avenue. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church[6] is on Rhodes Avenue at South Kingshighway Boulevard, and its parish boundaries contain the southeast portion of the neighborhood. From Wherry and January Avenues westward the area is served by Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church[7] at Nottingham and Tamm Avenues in the nearby neighborhood of Saint Louis Hills.

Within the neighborhood there is also Hope Lutheran Church[8] on Neosho Street and Kingshighway Baptist Church[9] on South Kingshighway Boulevard at Eichelberger Street.

The public grade school that serves the area is Buder Elementary School.[10]


In 2010 Southampton's racial makeup was 86.4% White, 8.3% Black, 0.2% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 2.0% Two or More Races, and 1.2% Some Other Race. 3.5% of the population was of Hispanic or Latino origin.[11]


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Coordinates: 38°35′13″N 90°17′03″W / 38.5869°N 90.2842°W / 38.5869; -90.2842