Fairview Heights, Illinois

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Fairview Heights, Illinois

Introduction to Fairview Heights, Illinois

Fairview Heights, Illinois, in St Clair county, is 15 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is considered part of the Saint Louis metropolitan area. Fairview Heights has a population of 15,034.

Fairview Heights History

The city of Fairview Heights was initially developed as a productive farmland. It was officially incorporated in October of 1969. The city has dramatically changed over the years, and is now a thriving community with a population of over 15,000. A two-story log cabin, which was built around 1850 by the Kinsella family, is currently a part of the Pleasant Ridge Park in the city.

Fairview Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Cahokia Mounds
  • Carondelet Historic Center
  • Saint John Church
  • Crossroads Center Mall
  • Jubaka Lake
  • Longacre Park

Things To Do In Fairview Heights

From Fairview Heights, one can visit historic sites like Our Lady of the Snows Shrine and the Cahokia Mounds. The Cahokia Mounds is the site of a 700 A.D. Indian habitation. One can also visit nearby museums like the Eugene Field House and Toy Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Carondelet Historic Center and the Museum of Westward Expansion. There are also quite a few lakes and reservoirs in the area like the Jubaka Lake, the Lawrence Lake, the Swan Lake and the Weslake. Also, shopping centers like the Crossroads Center Mall and the Saint Clair Square Mall provide a host of recreational opportunities to its visitors. The Longacre Park also hosts the famous "Midwest Salute to the Arts Festival of Fine Art," where works of over 100 regional and national artists are showcased.

Fairview Heights Transportation

International flights are available from the Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport.

Fairview Heights Higher Education

Institutes providing higher educational opportunities to the residents of Fairview Heights include the Southwestern Illinois College, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Saint Louis University-Main Campus and the Saint Louis Community College-Forest Park.

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High Points

Fairview Heights strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 16% Fairview Heights Racial Diversity
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 19% Fairview Heights College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Fairview Heights, Illinois

Comparing Fairview Heights 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
Age of the Population 8 8
Racial Diversity 8 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Senior Citizens 7 7
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 6
Average Household Size 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
People Above Poverty 7 7
College Educated Adults 7 9
Median Family Income 7 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 6
Public Transportation Use 6 7
Short Commute Times 4 6
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 6 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 7
People Living Alone 5 5
Affordability of Rents 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7

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Fairview Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 15 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri
County St Clair
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 62208, 62232
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.588
Longitude -89.99

Fairview Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 9.1 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 47 to 66 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 69 F
Annual Precip 38.8 inches
Distance 18 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
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Fairview Heights Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 15,034 100%
Male 7,234 48.1%
Female 7,800 51.9%
Under 18 3,512 23.4%
18+ 11,522 76.6%
65+ 2,466 16.4%
Median Age 39.2
Average Family Size 3
White 11,787 78.4%
African-American 2,567 17.1%
Asian 321 2.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 25 0.2%
Other 109 0.7%
Mixed Race 224 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 289 1.9%

Estimated Fairview Heights Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 16,471
Growth 1,437
Growth % 9.6%

Fairview Heights 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 26.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.5%
Irish 11.1%
English 7.8%
US/American 4.9%
Polish 4%
French (except Basque) 3.4%
Italian 2.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.8%
Dutch 1.4%
Scottish 1.3%
Czech 1.2%
European 0.9%
French Canadian 0.8%
Norwegian 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Welsh 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
African 0.6%
Swedish 0.5%
Croatian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Swiss 0.4%
Armenian 0.4%
Iranian 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Greek 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Hollywood Heights (62232)

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)
Fairview Heights 15,034 $56,161
Belleville 41,410 $46,426
Caseyville 4,310 $36,429
Collinsville 24,707 $54,956
O''''''''Fallon 21,910 $66,262
Shiloh 7,643 $67,054
Swansea 10,579 $58,032

Fairview Heights Public Libraries

Fairview Heights P.l.
Fairview Heights, Illinois
(618) 489-2070
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