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Encyclopedia > East Alton, Illinois

East Alton is a village located in Madison County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 6,830.


East Alton is located at 38°53'0" North, 90°6'22" West (38.883397, -90.106113)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 14.6 km˛ (5.6 mi˛). 14.2 km˛ (5.5 mi˛) of it is land and 0.3 km˛ (0.1 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 2.31% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 6,830 people, 2,965 households, and 1,787 families residing in the village. The population density is 479.5/km˛ (1,241.3/mi˛). There are 3,171 housing units at an average density of 222.6/km˛ (576.3/mi˛). The racial makeup of the village is 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. 1.02% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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

In the village the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village is $28,404, and the median income for a family is $35,655. Males have a median income of $36,770 versus $20,865 for females. The per capita income for the village is $15,572. 13.3% of the population and 7.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 18.9% of those under the age of 18 and 8.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

External links

  • Maps and aerial photos
    • Street map from Mapquest (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?latlongtype=decimal&latitude=38.883397&longitude=-90.106113&zoom=6)
    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=38.883397&lon=-90.106113&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100)
    • Aerial photograph from Microsoft Terraserver (http://terraserver.microsoft.com/map.aspx?t=1&s=14&lon=-90.106113&lat=38.883397&w=750&h=500)

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