Introduction to Wood River, Illinois

Wood River, Illinois, in Madison county, is 13 miles E of Florissant, Missouri and 18 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri. The people of the city are in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. Wood River has a population of 11,296.

Wood River History

In the early 1900s, the Wood River region was mostly uninhabited. In 1907, the Standard Oil Company moved into the area and established a refinery one year later. An an enthusiastic local entrepreneur, A. E. Benbow, founded Benbow City, a town of saloons, casinos, and brothels in 1907. Benbow City gradually became the home of the workers moving in to work at the refinery. The City of Wood River was founded around Benbow City to provide homes to the miners and workers. It was finally incorporated in 1908, and later went on to annex Benbow City and a number of local farming communities.

Wood River and nearby Attractions

  • C & H Amusements
  • Wood River Plaza Shopping Center
  • Gvillo Pond
  • Saint John United Church of Christ
  • Belk Park Golf Course
  • Wood River Public Library

Things To Do In Wood River

C & H Amusements is a popular amusement and theme park. Gvillo Pond is a beautiful, crystal blue lake with facilities for fishing. Belk Park Golf Course allows tourists to indulge in a relaxing game of golf.

Wood River Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by St Louis Regional Airport.

Wood River Higher Education

Lewis and Clark Community College and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville provide higher educational facilities to the people of Wood River.


Total Population 10,477
Male Share of the Population 44.3%
Female Share of the Population 55.7%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,673
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.7%
Median Earnings25+ $33,760
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,477
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,622


Median Family Income $58,623
% Above Poverty Level 83.4%
% Below Poverty Level 16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $721
Median House Value $89,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.4%
US/American 0%
English 13.5%
Irish 18.6%

Wood River Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles E of Florissant, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Madison
Metro Area Saint Louis
Standard Zip Codes 62095
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.861
Longitude -90.097

Wood River Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.2 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 21.4 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 25.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alton 27,517 $43,874
Bethalto 9,443 $72,174
East Alton 6,231 $44,529
Hartford 1,529 $48,342

Wood River Public Libraries

Wood River P.l.
Wood River, Illinois
(618) 254-4832
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Serves 697 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

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