Des Peres is a city located in St. Louis County with a deep, rich history of settlement from German immigrants and southerners from the Virginia area. As of the 2010 census, the population within the city’s 4.32 square miles was 8,373.
Des Peres’ French name translates to “of the Fathers” and its origins date back to even earlier settlement of the area from around the late 1700s. The name became so synonymous with the area that even before its incorporation in 1934, many establishments like the Des Peres Presbyterian Church of 1834 and the Des Peres Post Office of 1848 gave way to some of the earliest uses of the “Des Peres” name.
The Des Peres name was meant to serve as a tribute to honor Spanish missionaries who once settled there, but it’s also in reference to the famous River des Peres that runs through the town. This 9.3-mile metropolitan river is a true backbone of the sanitary and storm water systems for St. Louis County and its largest tributaries include Deer Creek and Gravois Creek.
Shortly after 1953, the population had outgrown its village status and Des Peres residents approved for a change in status to that of a fourth-class city. This would in turn provide extensive taxing authority that is necessary in the support of various city service demands. Like most suburban metropolitan areas, Des Peres experienced an immense post war residential growth and over twenty five percent of all the housing units in Des Peres have been constructed since 1980.
Residents of Des Peres with children attending public school are served by the Parkway School District and Kirkwood School District.