Introduction to Granite City, Illinois

Granite City, Illinois, in Madison county, is 8 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri. The people of the city are in the Saint Louis metropolitan area.

Granite City History

The early 1800s saw the arrival of settlers in the area now known as Granite City. Farms were built to take advantage of the rich, fertile soil of this region. Six Mile, a farming area, was established in the 1830s. German immigrant brothers, Frederick G. and William Niedringhaus, founded Granite City in 1896. This was meant to be a planned company city for the graniteware kitchen supplies factory of these two brothers. In fact, the community got its name from the graniteware that was produced here.

Granite City and nearby Attractions

  • Saint Louis Holocaust Museum
  • Granite City Public Library
  • Campbell House
  • Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
  • Bellemore Village Shopping Center
  • Wilson Park

Things To Do In Granite City

While in Granite City, one can visit the Saint Louis Holocaust Museum which features the Holocaust history along with personal accounts of survivors. The Campbell House and Scott Joplin House State Historic Site are also nearby. Visitors can also visit Granite City City Hall and Granite City Public Library. There are a number of churches and cemeteries in the area and visitors can also spend a fun-filled day at Wilson Park. The Bellemore Village Shopping Center offers entertainment facilities for the enjoyment of both children and adults.

Granite City Transportation

St. Louis Regional Airport offers air transportation facilities.

Granite City Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by the local Sanford-Brown College. Other institutes nearby are the Saint Louis University-Main Campus, the Lewis and Clark Community College, the Saint Louis Community College-Forest Park, and the University of Missouri-St Louis.


Total Population 29,421
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 12,722
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 44.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.6%
Median Earnings25+ $35,771
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,162
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,696


Median Family Income $57,535
% Above Poverty Level 83%
% Below Poverty Level 17%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%


People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $637
Median House Value $82,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.9%
US/American 0.4%
English 10.6%
Irish 15.7%

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

Granite City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Madison
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 62040
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.701
Longitude -90.148

Granite City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.9 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 8 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 19.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mitchell (62040)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East St. Louis 26,689 $22,213

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

Granite City Public Libraries

Granite City P.l.d.ric
Granite City, Illinois
(618) 452-6238

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Granite City Hospitals

(618) 798-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Granite City High Schools

Serves 2,331 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

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