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Overview

Introduction to Alton, Illinois

Alton, Illinois, in Madison county, is 10 miles NE of Florissant, Missouri (center to center) and 18 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri. The people of the city are in the Saint Louis metropolitan area.

Alton History

Native Americans were the original inhabitants of the area now known as Alton. Rufus Easton developed this place as a river town in the year 1818 and named it 'Alton' after his son, Alton Easton. As it was located at the confluence of the Illinois, the Mississippi, and the Missouri rivers, Alton soon grew into an industrial town.

Alton and nearby Attractions

  • Hayner Public Library
  • Missouri Historical Society Museum
  • Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
  • Saint Louis Zoo
  • Alton Lake
  • Wood River Township Park

Things To Do In Alton

Historic sites such as the Campbell House and the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site are near the city of Alton. One can also visit the nearby museums such as the Missouri Historical Society Museum, the Saint Louis Holocaust Museum, and the Armed Forces Museum. There are also a number of public libraries, city halls, and rest homes in Alton. The banks of the Alton Lake, the East Fork Wood River, and the Shields Branch are popular tourist haunts. The Spencer T. Olin Golf Course and the Alton Municipal Golf Course are ideal for lovers of the game. There are also a large number of churches, cemeteries, and amusement parks in Alton. Other places of interest near the city include the Saint Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. The Alton Square Shopping Center provides excellent entertainment opportunities.

Alton Transportation

Air transportation is available from the St. Louis Regional Airport.

Alton Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by the nearby Lewis and Clark Community College. Other institutes in the vicinity include the Saint Louis Community College-Florissant Valley and the University of Missouri-St Louis.

People

Total Population 27,335
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 10,720
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 37.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.7%
Median Earnings25+ $30,174
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,944
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,976

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,744
% Above Poverty Level 75.6%
% Below Poverty Level 24.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.2%
Median Gross Rent $718
Median House Value $81,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 13.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles NE of Florissant, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri
County Madison
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 62002
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.89
Longitude -90.184

Alton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ALTON MELVIN PRICE L&D
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 45 to 64 F
Jul Temp 69 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 68 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Station JERSEYVILLE 2 SW
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station ST CHARLES 7 SSW
Distance 23 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 38 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bethalto 9,406 $67,874
East Alton 6,215 $41,042
Godfrey 17,868 $77,696
Hartford 1,654 $47,315

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alton Public Libraries

Library
The Hayner P.l.d.
326 BELLE STREET
Alton, Illinois
(618) 462-0651
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Alton Hospitals

ALTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
ONE MEMORIAL DRIVE
(618) 463-7300
Emergency Service: Yes

SAINT ANTHONY'S HEALTH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
ST ANTHONY'S WAY
(618) 465-2571
Emergency Service: Yes

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Alton High Schools

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ALTON SR HIGH SCHOOL
2200 COLLEGE AVE
618-474-2700
A Title I School.
Serves 2,194 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

MADISON CO EDUC THERAPY PGM
409 MAIN ST
618-465-4451
A Special Education School
Serves 36 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.2

CNTR FOR ED OPPOR
409 MAIN ST
618-465-4415
A Non-traditional School
Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.5

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