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Alton is a township in Madison County, in the Saint Louis metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Alton. For links to other places called Alton, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Alton is 38.903N. The longitude is -90.153W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 509 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 30,496.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Alton demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Madison County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 62018 ZIP code.
23% of Alton residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Alton ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Alton was $16,817, compared with $21,587 nationally.
16% of Alton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Alton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $330. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $686.
Madison County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Alton political report.
The average commute time for Alton workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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