Alton is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Alton's 28,000 residents benefit from a cost of living below the national average and the protection. Located 25 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri, Alton is full of history, recreational opportunities, and business prospects. Founded in 1837, Alton was the site of the final debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.
Alton is home to the Jacoby Arts Center, the Alton Little Theater, three historic districts, the Alton Museum of History and Art, the Alton Marina, the Alton Amphitheater, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway, and a variety of other educational and recreational institutions.
The Alton School District and several private and parochial schools provide a wonderful education to our children. Lewis and Clark Community College, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and the many colleges and universities in St. Louis make higher education accessible to residents of Alton.
East Alton is known as the village of progress. Established in 1893, our population has grown to nearly 7,000 citizens and we are home to hundreds of businesses. We are conveniently located 20 miles northeast of St. Louis. It allows our residents to partake in all the city has to offer, from its museums, zoo, and major entertainment facilities, to their international airport and nightlife.