The 2000 census counted 4,302 residents (1% decline from 1990's count). 59% white, 32% black, 4% Asian and 2% Hispanic/Latino. 2,281 housing units were counted of which 85% were occupied, 31% by owners, 69% by renters. That's a pretty low owner-occupancy rate for a south side neighborhood.
There are several commonly held beliefs in St. Louis. One, that Dogtown is a distinct neighborhood rather than a collection of neighborhoods, Kingshighway Hills is a distinct neighborhood, separate from North Hampton (note the sign on Oleatha just west of Kingshighway)...I'm sure there are others. Many St. Louisians believe Mt. Pleasant to be part of Dutchtown. Not true.
Yet, like Dutchtown, this neighborhood has the feel of one in transition. I can't quite make out if it's one on the rise or one in the midst of a slow decline. You could call it either way. I'd like to hear from those that call Mt. Pleasant home to chime in on the current status of this fine part of the city.
Today I started out by the Mississippi River on Ohio Ave. where there is, of all things, a frat house and an Indian mound called Sugarloaf Mound within 100 yards of each other. Sugerloaf moun holds the distinction as being the last mound to survive in what is commonly referred to as the "Mound City".