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Alton, IL

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About Alton, IL

Alton, IL is located in Madison County in the state of Illinois.

The total City Population for Alton is about 25,902 with about 652 people per square mile, and the larger Metro Area Population is about 83,705.

The Average Home Value is $81,674, which is roughly 44% lower than the Average Home Value of $146,763 for the state of Illinois, and roughly 57% lower than the National Average of $188,692.

The Median Income Per Household is about $45,225, which is roughly 27% lower than the Average Median Income Per Household of $61,980 for the state of Illinois, and roughly 21% lower higher than the National Average of $57,518.

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Quick Stats

Alton Population 25,902
Average Home Value $81,674
Median Household Income $45,225
Median Age 38.1
Unemployment Rate 7.2%
Politics 55.44% Republican

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 2.34
Male Population Estimate: 47.8%
Female Population Estimate: 52.2%
Median Age: 38.1
Male Median Age: 36.7
Female Median Age: 39.9

Racial Demographic Estimates



Madison County voted Republican in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator
Dick Durbin
Democratic Party
Tammy Duckworth
U.S. Senator
Tammy Duckworth
Democratic Party
J. B. Pritzker
State governor
J. B. Pritzker
Democratic Party

Voting Results by Party

Republican: 55.44%
Democratic: 42.17%
Libertarian: 1.58%
Green: 0.52%
Other: 0.29%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Alton specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Madison County: About 4.19669 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Madison County: About 248.726 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Madison County is about 6% higher than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 14% lower than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Alton is about 7.2%.

Illinois is ranked #10 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 70.95 out of 100.

10th out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 61.76

The average living wage for the state of Illinois is $32.53/hr, while the states minimum wage is $11.00/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Illinois a minimum wage score of 62.16 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $6.60/hr, which gives Illinois a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 48.44 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Illinois is $232.80, resulting in a UI benefit score of 54.57 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
Illinois does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
Illinois does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
Illinois does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
Illinois does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
Illinois does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
X Illinois does provide some form of paid family leave.
X Illinois does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Illinois does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
X Illinois does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
X Illinois does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Illinois does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
Illinois does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
Illinois does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
Illinois does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
Illinois does not have a "right-to-work" law.
Illinois does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
Illinois does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Illinois does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Illinois does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
Illinois does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

Nearby Location

Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 62002, 62018 (2 Total Zip Codes)
Latitude: 38.903700
Longitude: -90.152000
TimeZone: Central (GMT -06:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: Midwest
Average Elevation: 504.0 ft.
Area Code(s): 618