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Welcome to Alton ...
The city of Alton is located in Madison County<1>.
The pronunciation of Alton: AWL-tuhn<2>
When the people of Alton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Altonian<3>
From the Census Estimates for 2019, Alton has a population of 26,262 people<4> (see below for details).
Alton is 520 feet [158 m] above sea level.<5>.
Time Zone: Alton lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time
The area code for Alton: (618)
The ZIP code for Alton: 62002<6>
The community of Alton was established in 1818.
Websites for Alton ...
Official Website: www.alton-il.com/
Population Details ...
Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Alton had an population of 26,262 people. This is a decrease of 5.75% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 13.88% since the 2000 Census).
At the time of the 2010 Census, Alton had a population of 27,865 people (or 10.35% of the total population of Madison County). This makes Alton the county's 2nd most populous community.
The population of Alton represents 0.22% of the population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's 76th most populous community.
With a 2010 count of 27,865 people, the population of Alton decreased 8.63% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 30,496 people).
More information can be found on the Census Page for Alton.
Communities Also Named Alton ...
Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 37 communities that are also named Alton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia (2), Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario (3), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas (2), Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.
For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alton.
Communities near Alton ...
We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alton.
To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...
We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.
We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alton.
Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alton.
We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alton. Our list includes 49 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Alton.
TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alton ...
Looking for more information about Alton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.
In addition to the Tourism page for Alton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Alton.
Adding Alton to Our Gazetteer ...
We originally found mention of Alton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.
From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Alton was in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).
We also found Alton on a map (with an unknown title) dated 1860.
For more details, see References and Mentions for Alton.
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Alton: www.alton-il.com/
The official website for Madison County: www.co.madison.il.us/
The official website for State of Illinois: https://illinois.gov
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This page was last modified/updated: 31 May 2023