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Industrial port city

Alton is a city in Madison County, in the Saint Louis metro area.

The community was named after Alton Easton, son of founder Rufus Easton
[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 38.890N. The longitude is -90.184W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 499 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 29,841.


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Median household income
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$31,213
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Alton demographic reports
Alton is near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers
Once a fur-trading post

The final debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas occurred here in 1858

The city has experienced a dramatic loss of industry over the past three decades

Local newspaper publisher Elijah Lovejoy was murdered by angry mob in 1837, because of his outspoken opposition to slavery

Well-known residents have included:
· Miles Davis, jazz musician
· Luther Ingram, singer
· James Phelan, writer
· Robert Wadlow, once known as the world's tallest human being, at 8 feet 8 1/4 inches
· James Earl Ray, assassin of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
· Phyllis Schlafly, conservative columnist
Historic sites and museums: Alton Museum of History and Art, McPike Mansion
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 79

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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.

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16% of Alton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Alton include Christian Hill Historic District, Upper Alton Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Alton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $330.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $686.


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Libraries in Alton include Alton Square Branch Library, Hayner Public Library, Youth Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Alton include Alton Telegraph

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Madison County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Alton political report.

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The average commute time for Alton workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 12 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Alton between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.

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