Alton (Illinois)

Madison County


Alton is a city ( with a status of "City" ) Madison County in the western part of the U.S. state of Illinois. In 2010, Alton had 27,865 inhabitants.

The city is located in the Metro - East called the eastern part of the metropolitan area of ​​Greater St. Louis the city of St. Louis in neighboring Missouri.


Alton is located on the left bank of the Mississippi River, which forms the border with the state of Missouri. Alton is located between the mouth of the Illinois River ( 24.2 km above at Grafton ) and the Missouri River ( on the opposite bank about five kilometers below ).

Alton is located at 38 ° 54'02 " north latitude and 90 ° 09'35 " west longitude and extending over 43 sq km, spread over 40 km ² of land and 3 km ² water surface. The town of Alton is identical to the Alton Township.

Towns nearby are Elsah (18,6 km west-northwest ), Godfrey (8.5 km north), Bethalto ( 14.9 km ENE ) and East Alton (6,6 km to the east ). On the opposite bank of the Mississippi is West Alton (8.8 miles south-west ). The city of St. Louis is located 36.4 km south.


Alton Clark Bridge, over which the U.S. Highway 67 runs in a southerly direction across the Mississippi River to St. Louis leads. Through the city run along the Mississippi here the Illinois section of the Great River Road forming Illinois State Routes 100 and 143 Furthermore, meet in the urban area, the Illinois State Routes 3 ​​, 111 and 140 do so. All other roads are County Roads and minor urban roads.

In Alton several lines of different railway companies come together to jointly lead from here to St. Louis. Within the city there is a Amtrak station for long-distance traffic.

The St. Louis Regional Airport located 13.9 km west, the greater Lambert -Saint Louis International Airport is located 35.9 km south west of Alton.

Demographic data

According to the census in 2010 lived in Alton 27,865 people in 11,734 households. The population density was 648 people per square kilometer. In the 11,734 households lived statistically 2.33 per person.

The racial the population was composed of 68.5 percent white, 29.6 percent African American, 0.2 percent Native American, 0.5 percent Asian and 0.5 percent from other ethnic groups; 3.7 percent were descended from two or more races. Regardless of ethnicity, 1.9 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

24.1 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 62.0 percent were between 18 and 64 and 13.9 percent were 65 years or older. 52.2 percent of the population was female.

The median annual income for a household was $ 37,447. The per capita income was $ 18,945. 25.0 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Memorable people

  • Miles Davis (1926-1991) - Jazz trumpeter
  • Mary Beth Hughes (1919-1995) - Actress
  • Kash Killion - jazz bassist
  • Robert Wadlow (1918-1940) - the greatest man in the history of medicine, whose body size is properly assigned
  • James Earl Ray (1928-1998) - killer of Martin Luther King