Bethalto, Illinois

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Bethalto, Illinois

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.

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Comparative Profile of Bethalto, Illinois

Comparing Bethalto to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 6 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Age of the Population 6 5
Senior Citizens 5 5
Well-Paid Single Men 5 5
Male Share of the Population 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Racial Diversity 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 5
Average Household Size 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 6 6
People in Middle Class or Better 6 5
People Above Poverty 5 4
College Educated Adults 3 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Short Commute Times 6 8
Public Transportation Use 2 4
Working at Home 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 6 4
Housing Recently Built 6 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 8
People Living Alone 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 6

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Bethalto Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,454 100%
Male 4,511 47.7%
Female 4,943 52.3%
Under 18 2,433 25.7%
18+ 7,021 74.3%
65+ 1,336 14.1%
Median Age 36.9
Average Family Size 2.98
White 9,250 97.8%
African-American 72 0.8%
Asian 38 0.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 21 0.2%
Other 31 0.3%
Mixed Race 42 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 95 1%

Estimated Bethalto Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,660
Growth 206
Growth % 2.2%

Bethalto Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 28.8%
US/American 19.6%
English 13.2%
Irish 12%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.1%
Italian 5.5%
French (except Basque) 3.3%
Dutch 2.8%
Polish 1.6%
Scottish 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Croatian 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Swedish 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
British 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bethalto 9,454 $50,764
Alton 30,496 $37,910
East Alton 6,830 $35,655
Hartford 1,545 $40,652
Roxana 1,547 $45,500
South Roxana 1,888 $37,344
Wood River 11,296 $41,688

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Bethalto High Schools (2004)

Serves 894 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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