East Alton, Illinois

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East Alton
Country United States
State Illinois
County Madison
Elevation 440 ft (134 m)
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Area 5.56 sq mi (14 km2)
 - land 5.33 sq mi (14 km2)
 - water 0.23 sq mi (1 km2)
Population 6,301 (2010)
Density 456.6 / km2 (1,183 / sq mi)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 62024
Area code 618
FIPS code 17-21553
GNIS ID 2398769
Location of East Alton within Illinois
Location of East Alton within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: East Alton, Illinois

East Alton is a village in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,301 at the 2010 census.[1]


East Alton was incorporated as a village in 1893 (some say 1894).[2]


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According to the 2010 census, East Alton has a total area of 5.564 square miles (14.41 km2), of which 5.33 square miles (13.80 km2) (or 95.79%) is land and 0.234 square miles (0.61 km2) (or 4.21%) is water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 454
1910 584 28.6%
1920 1,669 185.8%
1930 4,502 169.7%
1940 4,680 4.0%
1950 7,290 55.8%
1960 7,630 4.7%
1970 7,309 −4.2%
1980 7,096 −2.9%
1990 7,063 −0.5%
2000 6,830 −3.3%
2010 6,301 −7.7%
Est. 2014 6,215 [5] −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 6,830 people, 2,965 households, and 1,787 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,241.3 people per square mile (479.5/km²). There were 3,171 housing units at an average density of 576.3 per square mile (222.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.72% White, 0.94% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.

There were 2,965 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the village the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $28,404, and the median income for a family was $35,655. Males had a median income of $36,770 versus $20,865 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,572. About 7.8% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.


East Alton is home to the Olin Corporation, a manufacturer of ammunition. Olin has a major impact on East Alton and its surrounding communities. A part of town called the Defense Area was built during the 1940s and until recently was used for low income housing. Replacing the Defense Area is Emerald Ridge, which will be completed in early 2015 and will consist of 46 new single-family homes. The impact of Olin has spread into town sports: East Alton Middle School's athletic teams are the Bullets.

Points of interest

East Alton is located in the Greater Metropolitan area of St. Louis, Missouri. Thus, all the attractions and facilities of that major city are equally available to residents of East Alton and nearby communities. Additionally, East Alton is minutes away from the origination point of the Journey of Discovery (Lewis and Clark Expedition) located in nearby Hartford, Illinois. Educational institutions in the area include Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the SIUE Dental School in Alton, Principia College in Elsah and Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

Van Preter Park is the main park in East Alton. This 13.8-acre (5.6 ha) park consists of four baseball diamonds, two playground units, two small pavilions and one large pavilion.[8]

Bill Tite Memorial - Lions Park is located on the north side of the Keasler Recreation Complex. The entrance is in the 300 block of Ohio Street. This park consists of a large playground unit, two swing set units with toddler seats, a climbing unit, see-saw rider, two large multiple play stations, picnic tables, park benches, barbecue grills, and green space. The park will undergo improvements beginning late 2015.

The East Alton Post Office contains a mural, The Letter, painted in 1937 by Frances Foy. Murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department.

Notable people

See also


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  8. http://www.eastaltonvillage.org/index.cfm?page=parks_and_rec_parks
  9. http://www.notla.com/pranks/?phpMyAdmin=0ca9a30a087bdb03c9fdffbe66b3ab8f
  10. "A Brief History of Winchester Smokeless Propellants". Winchester. Retrieved 20 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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