Highland, Illinois

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Highland, Illinois

Introduction to Highland, Illinois

Highland, Illinois, in Madison county, is 33 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. The It is located in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. Highland’s population is 8,438.

Highland History

The first European settlers in Highland were Swiss-German immigrants, who arrived in the early 1800s. The city was originally given the name Helvetia by the city's founding members. In the early 20th century, its name was changed to the English form of the word, Highland.

Highland and nearby Attractions

  • Alton Museum of History and Art
  • Cahokia Mounds
  • South Shore State Park
  • Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  • Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Highland

Nearby museums include the Alton Museum of History and Art, the Erwin H. Weder Museum and the Collinsville Historical Museum. The Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area, the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the South Shore State Park, the Korte Recreation Center and the Gateway Arch are some popular local attractions. Local historic sites include Cahokia Mounds, the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, the Chatillon-Demenil Mansion and Campbell House.

Highland Transportation

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is located nearby.

Highland Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Southern Illinois University, Southwestern Illinois College, Lewis and Clark Community College and Saint Louis University.

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Comparative Profile of Highland, Illinois

Comparing Highland 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 9 9
Senior Citizens 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Age of the Population 6 6
Well-Paid Single Men 6 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Male Share of the Population 3 2
Racial Diversity 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 5
Average Household Size 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 7 7
People Above Poverty 7 6
Median Family Income 6 7
College Educated Adults 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 7 7
Short Commute Times 5 7
Working at Home 3 3
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 7 7
Affordability of Rents 6 5
Housing Recently Built 6 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4

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Highland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 33 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri
County Madison
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 62249
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.739
Longitude -89.671

Highland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 36 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches
Distance 26.4 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
Distance 32.7 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 38 F
Apr Temp 45 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 39 inches
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Highland Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,438 100%
Male 3,941 46.7%
Female 4,497 53.3%
Under 18 2,150 25.5%
18+ 6,288 74.5%
65+ 1,524 18.1%
Median Age 37.6
Average Family Size 3.04
White 8,320 98.6%
African-American 7 0.1%
Asian 41 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.1%
Other 22 0.3%
Mixed Race 38 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 111 1.3%

Estimated Highland Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,200
Growth 762
Growth % 9%

Highland 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 52.6%
US/American 11.8%
Irish 7.1%
English 7%
Swiss 5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.4%
Italian 2.6%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Polish 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Scottish 0.8%
Czech 0.7%
Swedish 0.4%
European 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Austrian 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Highland 8,438 $52,240
Aviston 1,231 $58,375
Grantfork 254 $48,750
Marine 910 $44,500
Pierron 653 $37,813
St. Jacob 801 $55,417
Trenton 2,610 $56,190

Highland Public Libraries

Louis Latzer Memorial Public Librar
1001 9TH. STREET
Highland, Illinois
(618) 654-5066

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Highland Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(618) 654-7421
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Highland

(As of 2006)
12495 State Rte 143
(618) 654-4596
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