Known simply as “Downtown” by many … Downtown St. Louis is located right in the heart of St. Louis City. It is the city’s central business district and a true hub for tourism, sports, entertainment and several corporate headquarters. The area is bounded by Cole Street at the north, Chouteau Avenue towards the south, the river front of the Mississippi at the east and Tucker Boulevard at the west. Covering nearly 1.01 total square miles of land, Downtown’s population at the time of the 2010 census was recorded at 3,721 residents. It is represented by two Aldermen sitting in the fifth and seventh Ward.
Downtown St. Louis’ formation dates back to the formation of St. Louis as a whole. French fur trader Pierre Laclède chose the land of St. Louis for forming a city based upon its close river access that allowed for easy trade and transference. In fact, the area that makes up present-day Downtown St. Louis served as his ideal spot to partake in fur trade with Native Americans within the area. 0 Growth for the community was slow, but many French colonists moved from the eastern portion of the Mississippi to escape British Rule when the Seven Year’s War concluded in 1763.
By 1804, the population had tripled as the Louisiana Purchase from the previous year brought forth a flood of immigrants to the growing community. Thanks to the steamboat’s impact on the area during the early 19th century, St. Louis was quickly becoming a vigorous hotbed for American commerce. Being able to trade and receive goods from across the globe thanks to the Mississippi River brought even more settlement to St. Louis as the population grew to nearly 15,000 in 1836. Although initially more residential, many businesses were taking advantage of this growth spurt for the community and present-day St. Louis became more commercial in nature.
Residents of Downtown St. Louis are served by the St. Louis Public School District.