Key findings

  • Alton has a Livability Score of 60/100, which is considered below average
  • Alton crime rates are 162% higher than the Illinois average
  • Cost of living in Alton is 17% lower than the Illinois average
  • Alton real estate prices are 54% lower than the Illinois average
  • Rental prices in Alton are 21% lower than the Illinois average

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      Top Rated Schools in Alton

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Alton High School9 - 122,00730%
      West Elementary School2 - 558629%
      Alton Middle School6 - 81,40822%
      East Elementary School3 - 546717%
      Mark TwainKG - 123110%
      Ss Peter & Paul Elementary SchoolPK - 856n/a
      Eunice Smith Elementary SchoolKG - 2198n/a
      Lovejoy Elementary SchoolKG - 2247n/a
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      Alton Reviews

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      Alton is a small town on the MOVE!
      There is so much going on in Alton! Lots of redevelopment. New businesses coming to town. Loads of outdoor activities. Named by AARP as a "Livable Community". Featured on the HULU series "Small Business Revolution". A great place for a weekend getaway. Antiques and tons of history. And oh so much more!
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      Proud community member
      Love our little town with very busy town feel from late Spring to Early Fall because of the tourist traffic. Love the outdoors, hiking, boating, community activities, fairs, festivals. You must love the outdoors to love and appreciate this town as well as tight community feel.
      Town has great plans to improve family life. It's evident that improvements are taking place.
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      Alton Is A History Lovers Dream Town
      I first saw Alton when I was driving through Illinois on my way to St. Louis. And it makes sense after I learned more about the town after I moved here. Early in its history, Alton competed with St. Louis for residents and businesses. And while St. Louis obviously won that battle, it left Alton with a great downtown filled with classic Victorian houses and fancy old storefronts.

      And that sense of history is what I love about Alton. The area is filled with reminders that American Indians have lived here for thousands of years. Located at the intersection of the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri rivers, it's been part of everything from the final Lincoln-Douglas debate to the staging area for wagons making their way across the plains in the 1800s.

      What's especially nice is that while Alton is filled with history, it doesn't feel as if the town is stuck in the past. There are plenty of new stores and small businesses, and its proximity to to St. Louis means there are plenty of corporate jobs nearby. I love Alton and I get you would too.
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      Source: The Alton, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).