Ladue is a wealthy
inner-ring suburb of St.
Louis, located in central St. Louis
County, Missouri, USA.
of the 2000 census, the city had a population
Ladue has the highest median
of any city in Missouri with a population over
1,000, as well as one of the highest median incomes for any city in
the United States. The city is a suburb of
It is home to a number of prestigious country, golf and social
clubs, including, St. Louis Country Club, The Bogey Club, Deer
Creek Club, The Log Cabin Club and Old Warson Country Club.
Ladue is located at (38.636889, -90.381722) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
8.6 square miles (22.2 km²), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 8,645
people, 3,414 households, and 2,598 families residing in the city.
The population density
1,006.2 people per square mile (388.6/km²). There were 3,557
housing units at an average density of 414.0/sq mi
(159.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.83% White
, 0.88% African American
, 0.12% Pacific Islander
, 0.13% from
, and 0.45%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.78% of the
Ladue is Missouri's best educated city, proportionately, with 74.5%
of adult residents (25 and older) holding an associate degree or
higher, and 71.8% of adults possessing a baccalaureate degree or
higher (2000 Census).
There were 3,414 households out of which 31.4% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 70.6% were married couples
living together, 4.0% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families.
22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age
of 18, 3.5% from 18 to 24, 16.9% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to
64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
48 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $141,720, and the
median income for a family was $179,328. Males had a median income
of $100,000 versus $51,678 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$89,623. About 1.4% of families and 2.1% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 2.0%
of those under age 18 and 2.4% of those age 65 or over.
The home ownership rate (owner-occupied housing units to total
units) is 91.6%.
The Ladue School District
home to two of the St. Louis area's most prestigious private high
schools, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day
School and the John Burroughs School.
The Headquarters Branch of the St. Louis County Library
In the early 1990s the city tried to force a woman to take down a
yard sign stating "Say No to the War in the Persian Gulf, Call
Congress Now" as it violated a city law. The ACLU sued arguing that
the right to place the sign was protected by the 1st Amendment
. The ensuing legal battle went to the
Supreme Court which ruled, in City of Ladue v.
, that the right to place the sign was protected by
Ladue has a history of ousting families who violate housing
ordinances. In 1985 the city won a case against a straight
couple--E. Terrence Jones and Joan Kelly Horn--who lived together
for four years and who each brought children from a previous
relationship. Ladue officials had told them they should marry or
leave their home. The Missouri court of appeals sided with the
city, stating, "There is a governmental interest in marriage and in
preserving the integrity of the biological or legal family." The
ordinace stands as of 2009.
- " Headquarters." St. Louis County Library.
Retrieved on August 18, 2009.
- " Ladue city, Missouri." U.S. Census
Bureau. Retrieved on August 18, 2009.