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Overview

Introduction to Bethalto, Illinois

Bethalto, Illinois, in Madison county, is 17 miles NE of Florissant, Missouri (center to center) and 23 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri. Part of the surrounding Saint Louis metro area, Bethalto is home to some 9,454 residents.

Bethalto History

Bethalto, first settled in 1809, was formerly inhabited by Native Americans. The early settlers were attracted by the rich soil of the area as well as the various outcroppings of coal. The Alton - Terre Haute Railroad entered the area during the mid 1850s. The area was first platted on June 23, 1854 by Joe Starkey. The old Village Hall of Bethalto, built in 1873 and enlarged in 1885, is located in Madison County, which was created on September 14, 1812.

Bethalto and nearby Attractions

  • Airport Plaza Shopping Center
  • Bethalto Historical Museum
  • Belk Park Golf Course
  • Alton Museum of History and Art
  • Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
  • Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - Madison

Things To Do In Bethalto

Bethalto offers easy access to various museums like the Alton Museum of History and Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri Historical Society Museum, the Eugene Field House and Toy Museum, and the Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum. The Bethalto Historical Museum provides absorbing insights into the history of this area. One can shop at the Airport Plaza Shopping Center. The Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - Madison provides opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and picnicking. The Khoury League Park and Bethalto Park are two local parks.

Bethalto Transportation

Air transportation is available at Lambert - St Louis International Airport.

Bethalto Higher Education

Lewis and Clark Community College, Saint Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville provide higher education programs.

People

Total Population 9,406
Male Share of the Population 51.6%
Female Share of the Population 48.4%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,191
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 53.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $67,874
% Above Poverty Level 85.5%
% Below Poverty Level 14.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $830
Median House Value $126,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.1%
Irish 12.7%

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

Bethalto Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles NE of Florissant, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 23 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Madison
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 62010
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.909
Longitude -90.04

Bethalto 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 8.7 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 21.2 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 CARLINVILLE
Distance 27.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bethalto, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fort Russell (62010)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alton 27,335 $44,744
East Alton 6,215 $41,042
Hartford 1,654 $47,315

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

Bethalto Public Libraries

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321 S. PRAIRIE ST.
Bethalto, Illinois
(618) 377-8141
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Bethalto High Schools

CIVIC MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
200 SCHOOL ST
618-377-7220
Serves 894 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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