Introduction to East St. Louis, Illinois

East St. Louis, Illinois, in St Clair county, is 7 miles E of St. Louis, Missouri. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Saint Louis metropolitan area.

East St. Louis History

The modern day city of East St. Louis was originally inhabited by Native American tribes. Following the Europen settlement in this area, it began to be called llinoistown. In 1959, East St. Louis was named as an All America City. James Williams became the first black mayor of East St. Louis in 1971. The city is the birthplace of the tennis legend Jimmy Connors.

East St. Louis and nearby Attractions

  • Frank Holten State Park
  • World Aquarium
  • Black World History Museum
  • St Louis Zoo
  • Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area - Madison
  • Missouri Botanical Garden

Things To Do In East St. Louis

While staying in East St. Louis, you can spend your leisure time at Jones Park, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and Lincoln Park. The East Saint Louis Public Library and City Museum are worth visiting. You can also visit the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The Forest Park and St. Louis Zoo are also nearby. In addition, the city organizes a number of recreational programs and events all through the year.

East St. Louis Transportation

You can avail international flights from Lambert - St Louis International Airport.

East St. Louis Higher Education

Saint Louis University - Main Campus, University of Missouri - St Louis, Southwestern Illinois College, Saint Louis Community College - Forest Park, Washington University and several other colleges and universities provide higher educational facilities to the residents of East St. Louis.

East St Louis Almanac

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East St Louis Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance4.8 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp46 to 67 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 69 F
Annual Precip40.3 inches
Distance6.3 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp47 to 66 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 69 F
Annual Precip38.8 inches
Distance13.3 miles
Jan Temp19 to 36 F
Apr Temp45 to 64 F
Jul Temp69 to 88 F
Oct Temp46 to 68 F
Annual Precip38.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

East St Louis Public Libraries

East Saint Louis Public Library
East St Louis, Illinois
(618) 397-0991

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East St Louis Public Schools

East St Louis-lincoln Middle School
12 S 10th St
ZIP: 62201
(618) 646-3770
Total Enrollment 562
Dunbar Elem School
1835 Tudor Ave
ZIP: 62207
(618) 646-3840
Total Enrollment 505
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