Troy, Illinois

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Troy, Illinois

Introduction to Troy, Illinois

Troy, Illinois, in Madison county, is 22 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is included in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 8,524 people lived in Troy.

Troy History

Troy was formed from ten acres of land bought by James Riggen and David Hendershot in 1819. It was originally known as Columbia, but Riggen soon renamed it Troy. A post office was formed in Troy in 1833. It became an important stagecoach stop for travelers coming from St. Louis. Troy was legally recognized in 1857.

Troy and nearby Attractions

  • Alton Museum of History and Art
  • Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
  • Frank Holten State Recreation Area
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Aquatic Center
  • Cuivre River State Park

Things To Do In Troy

The Paul Simon Museum, the Alton Museum of History and Art and the children's Museum at Edwardsville are all accessible from Troy. The Shaw Park Aquatic Center, the St.Louis Zoo and the World Aquarium are some popular local recreational destinations. Fishing, boating, swimming, hiking and picnicking can be enjoyed at the Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area-Madison.

Troy Transportation

Lambert-St.Louis International is the nearest major airport.

Troy Higher Education

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

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Troy Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Troy, Illinois

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 9
Portion of People Married 8 8


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 7 7
Public Transportation Use 7 7
Short Commute Times 4 5
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Rents 5 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
People Living Alone 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 5

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Troy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 22 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri
County Madison
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 62294
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.729
Longitude -89.883

Troy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 14.8 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 15.6 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 26.1 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 47 to 67 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 68 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches
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Troy Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,524 100%
Male 4,174 49%
Female 4,350 51%
Under 18 2,577 30.2%
18+ 5,947 69.8%
65+ 655 7.7%
Median Age 32.9
Average Family Size 3.16
White 8,139 95.5%
African-American 126 1.5%
Asian 60 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 27 0.3%
Other 32 0.4%
Mixed Race 140 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 127 1.5%

Estimated Troy Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,374
Growth 850
Growth % 10%

Troy 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 33.9%
Irish 13.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.7%
US/American 10.6%
English 7.4%
Italian 5.5%
Polish 4.3%
French (except Basque) 3.2%
Scotch-Irish 2.2%
Scottish 1.9%
Czech 1.4%
Dutch 0.8%
European 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
Welsh 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Swedish 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Troy 8,524 $59,643
Collinsville 24,707 $54,956
Edwardsville 21,491 $65,555
Glen Carbon 10,425 $72,182
Marine 910 $44,500
Maryville 4,651 $62,110
St. Jacob 801 $55,417

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