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Encyclopedia > Edwardsville, Illinois

Edwardsville is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 21,491. It is a vibrant community and a college town (home of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville). It is the county seat of Madison CountyGR6 and is the third oldest city in the State of Illinois. The City was named in honor of Ninian Edwards, Governor of the Illinois Territory and, later, Governor of Illinois. It is a community that is rich in history and full of beautiful homes and neighborhoods. Madison County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The United States Census of year 2000, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Madison County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Ninian Edwards (1775–1833) was a U.S. political figure. ...


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the Edwardsville Journal, the Madison County Record and the Edwardsville Intelligencer are located here. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Bridge over lake on SIUE campus. ... The Madison County Record is a weekly newspaper based in Edwardsville, Illinois and focuses its attention exclusively to the courts of Madison and St. ... The Edwardsville Intelligencer is a daily newspaper in Illinois based in Edwardsville. ...


Edwardsville is a part of Metro-East and the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area. It nieghbors with Glen Carbon, IL. The two cities form a township to support the Edwardsville School District #7. Metro-East is a region in Illinois that comprises the eastern suburbs St. ... The St. ...

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Culture

  • Arts in the Park: Diverse array of music concerts every Friday night at Edwardsville's City Park during the summer months. On Saturday mornings, children can learn about art at the park as well with this free art class series.
  • Edwardsville Municipal Band: For more than 120 years, the Edwardsville Municipal Band has played summer concerts every Thursday night at 8 pm in the City Park. The concerts have become an Edwardsville tradition and are attended each week by hundreds.
  • Edwardsville Children's Museum: Located in the former Leclaire Academy, this interactive playground for the mind and body is educational, enriching and entertaining.
  • ArtEAST: Explore more than 30 art galleries, studios and other venues in the Edwardsville area during the Edwardsville-Alton Studio Tour and see some of the best of local artist's work. Event is held in October, for more information visit: www.arteasttour.com.
  • 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House: Oldest brick house in Edwardsville and Madison County and one of the oldest homes in the state of Illinois. Chat with 19th century docents and see this beautifully restored 1820 brick home located in the heart of Edwardsville.
  • University Theater: Student productions at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville never disappoint. From classic treasures like Shakespeare to modern
  • Arts & Issues: World renowned authors, musicians, politicians, philosophers, and media celebrities come to Edwardsville for the Arts & Issues series, held on the SIUE campus.
  • Sculpture Walk: Large sculptures located near Dunham Hall on the SIUE campus, contributed by SIUE students.

Nature /Recreation

  • MCT Trails: Madison County Transit has developed more than 85 miles of scenic bikeways that weave throughout the communities of Edwardsville and nearby Glen Carbon and beyond. The trails are mostly asphalt and maps of the trails, which connect to neighborhoods, schools, business districts, SIUE, parks and more can be found on kiosks thorughout the trail system, or online at www.mcttrails.org.
  • Watershed Nature Center: 46 acre wildlife preserve. See native Illinois plants and animals and learn about our environment at the interpretive center. Programming for children and adults available.
  • SIUE Campus: Located on 2,660 acres, the SIUE campus is the largest campus landwise in the United States. The campus has rolling hills, acres of forests, and endless fields.
  • Edwardsville Parks: Glik Park, City Park, Edwardsville Township Park, Leclaire Park

History

  • Edwardsville was originally incorporated in 1819, making it the 3rd oldest city in Illinois. The first settler was Thomas Kirkpatrick who came in 1805, laid out a community and served as the Justice of the Peace. He named the community after his friend Ninian Edwards who was territorial governor of Illinois at the time. (Illinois did not become a state until 1818.
  • In 1890, industrialist N.O. Nelson chose a tract of land just south of Edwardsville to locate his plumbing manufacturing company. He would also create a model "utopian" village here called Leclaire, where everyone had their own home, access to schools, parks, lectures, recreation and employment. Nelson beleived in profit-sharing and all employees had a stake in the company. The beautiful village is similar to Pullman, IL near Chicago. Nelson was a visionary and is considered to be a renaissance man, years ahead of his time. Today, the Village of Leclaire has been incorporated into the City of Edwardsville. It remains a vibrant area, with a beautiful lake and park, a baseball field, the Edwardsville Children's Museum is located in the former Leclaire Academy, and the factory buildings are now the home of Lewis & Clark Community College. Each year in October, the "Friends of Leclaire" host an annual Parkfest, with food, live music, activities, a tractor parade, pony rides, a book sale, and much more.

Geography

Edwardsville is located at 38°48′14″N, 89°57′30″W (38.803986, -89.958195)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 36.5 km² (14.1 mi²). 35.9 km² (13.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.6 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (1.56%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 21,491 people, 7,975 households, and 5,199 families residing in the city. The population density was 598.2/km² (1,549.2/mi²). There were 8,331 housing units at an average density of 231.9/km² (600.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.70% White, 8.66% African American, 1.69% Asian, 0.28% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget, is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 7,975 households out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99. A marriage is a relationship between or among individuals, usually recognized by civil authority and/or bound by the religious beliefs of the participants. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 16.0% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $50,921, and the median income for a family was $65,555. Males had a median income of $47,045 versus $29,280 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,510. About 5.0% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Notable People

  • Five Illinois Governors have lived in Edwardsville: Thomas Ford, Ninian Edwards, Charles Deneen, Edward Coles and John Reynolds. Governor's Parkway, an east-west connector in the center of town is named in their honor. Edward Coles was instrumental in keeping slavery out of the Illinois Constitution, and a large stone memorial with an engraving of his face is located at the corner of IL-157 and Lewis Road in Edwardsville, not far from the SIUE campus.

Laurie Metcalf was born Lauren Ophelia Metcalf on June 16, 1955 in Carbondale, Illinois. ... An Emmy Award. ... Roseanne was an American sitcom which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1997, starring the stand-up comedian Roseanne. ... Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Bridge over lake on SIUE campus. ...

Media

Daily newspaper: The Edwardsville Intelligencer (daily and Saturday only) The Edwardsville Intelligencer is a daily newspaper in Illinois based in Edwardsville. ...


Radio:

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Bridge over lake on SIUE campus. ...

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Edwardsville Illinois Overview (2719 words)
The population of Illinois, according to the 2000 census, was 12,253,181.
Illinois has a state income tax that is one of the lowest in the nation…a flat 3% of the "net taxable income" line on the Federal tax return, less several deductions not available federally.
Illinois has no state real estate tax, but it allows counties to impose real estate taxes for schools and operation of local municipalities, and requires that all assessed valuations are 1/3 of real, upon which tax rates are based.
Edwardsville, Illinois - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1200 words)
Edwardsville is a city in Madison County, Illinois, United States.
Edwardsville is a part of Metro-East and the St.
The Metcalf theater at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is home to the Student Experimental Theater Organization and was named for her father, James Metcalf a former professor at SIUE.
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