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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.
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
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, St. Louis area jobs, 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.
Historic districts in Alton include Christian Hill Historic District, Upper Alton Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Alton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $330. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $686.
Libraries in Alton include Alton Square Branch Library, Hayner Public Library, Youth Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Alton include Alton Telegraph
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.
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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