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A+ Alton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Alton Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% lower than Illinois
8416% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Alton cost of living
F Alton Crime Total crime is 89% higher than Illinois
Total crime
4,61968% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2268% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Alton crime
F Alton Employment Household income is 37% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$37,10833% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,18929% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
9%87% higher than the US average
Alton employment
F Alton Housing Home value is 54% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$79,60057% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$73023% lower than the US average
Home ownership
59%7% lower than the US average
Alton real estate or Alton rentals
F Alton Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
24%52% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:119% lower than the US average
Alton K-12 schools or Alton colleges

Living in Alton, IL

Located in the state of Illinois, Alton is a mid-sized city with a population of 27,175 residents. According to the most recent Census, 69% of Alton residents are White, 27% Black and 0% Asian. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Alton. With average one way commute time of only 23 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Alton, Illinois could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. The best areas in Alton and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Illinois and national averages.

With a livability score of 58/100, Alton is ranked #25,111 in the United States and #1,109 in Illinois. Compared to the United States average, this area has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Alton scores well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B+). On a less positive note, Alton does not have favorable scores for the following: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Alton on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Argosy Casino, Beall Mansion Tour, and Historic Museum of Torture Devices.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Alton is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Alton come in at $79,600, which is 54.5% lower than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Alton, the home price to income ratio is 2.2, which is 26.7% lower than the Illinois average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Alton area were 7.1% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1.1%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Alton, IL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Alton, IL

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Riverview, St. Louis6310.7599
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Baden, St. Louis6213.54,442

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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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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).
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