Alton, Illinois 

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Population

27,003

18% Decline

Unemployment Rate

7.4%

Median Income

$36,076

Avg. Home Price

$63,100

Best Places to Live in Alton, Illinois

Large city - Missouri-Illinois border along the Mississippi River
Pros
-Cost of living
-Arts & culture
-Educated population
Cons
-Hot, humid summers
-Employment concerns
-Growth and sprawl

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What Bert Has To Say About St. Louis Metro Area

Known since the early days as the “Gateway City” because of its access to transportation routes in all directions, St. Louis continues to be an important center of commerce and culture for the Mississippi River Basin. The area includes a broad assortment of mostly residential neighborhoods to the west and the more industrial East St. Louis and several agricultural counties on the Illinois side of the river. For years the downtown area had few highlights outside of the landmark Gateway Arch and the restored Union Station. The population of the city itself had declined gradually for decades, and most of the infrastructure had declined as people moved into the suburbs or away altogether. But more recently, the downtown has started to come back, with new residential facilities and reclaimed warehouse lofts downtown anchored by new sports venues. Similar restorations are going on in other important inner neighborhoods.


QUICK FACTS

Real Estate: For Sale  For Rent
Country: United States
State: Illinois
County: Madison County
Metro Area: St. Louis Metro Area
City: Alton
Zip Codes: 62002
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 570 ft above sea level

Highlights

ECONOMY
The unemployment rate in Alton is 7.4% (U.S. avg. is 5.2%). Recent job growth is Positive. Alton jobs have increased by 1.70%. Learn More...
COST OF LIVING
Compared to the rest of the country, Alton's cost of living is 22.50% lower than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Alton's Cost of Living
POPULATION
Alton's population is 27,003 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -17.94%. Learn More...
TRANSPORTATION
Average Commute time is 18 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
REAL ESTATE
The median home cost in Alton is $63,100. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been -4.37%. Check out the homes in the area.
SCHOOLS
Alton public schools spend $12,096 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 14.6 students per teacher in Alton. Learn More...

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Housing Market in Alton

It's not a good time to buy in Alton. Home Appreciation is down -0.1% in the last 12 months. Browse Alton Real Estate.

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Reviews for Alton    5 Reviews
Alton, IL - 6/17/2015
Unfortunately, Alton has become a run down, poverty stricken area. Jobs are very limited and do not pay well. Unless you plan on commuting to St. Louis for work, you... (Read More)

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Nice place to retire - 10/1/2014
I've been living here for almost 3 years now and have met some wonderful people here. The climate is nice with 4 actual seasons. Unfortunately the economy is depressed... (Read More)

If you don't like the weather... - 2/6/2010
There is a saying that is often heard in this area of the world...if you don't like the weather, just wait. The weather changes frequently. Not just within a month or... (Read More)


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ZIP CODES IN ALTON, ILLINOIS
62002