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Welcome to Alton ...

Alton is located in Kent County<1>.

The location of Alton has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Alton refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Altonian<3>

Alton is 800 feet [244 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Alton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alton is within the (616) area code.

Communities Also Named Alton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Michigan communities named Alton: This one is located in Kent County and the other is located in Delta County.

Beyond Michigan, there are 37 communities that are also named Alton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia (2), Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Maine, 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.

  • Grand Rapids [Kent County]
  • Wyoming [Kent County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wyoming
    • Wyoming [Kent County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the west of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2018: 75,820 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wyoming
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wyoming<6>
  • Kentwood [Kent County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kentwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kentwood
    • Kentwood [Kent County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the southwest of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2018: 51,868 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kentwood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kentwood<6>
  • East Grand Rapids [Kent County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Grand Rapids have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Grand Rapids
    • East Grand Rapids [Kent County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the west of Alton
    • Estimated population in 2018: 11,884 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Grand Rapids
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Grand Rapids<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Ionia [Ionia County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ionia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ionia
      • Ionia [Ionia County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the east of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2018: 10,952 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ionia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ionia<6>
    • Greenville [Montcalm County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenville
      • Greenville [Montcalm County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2018: 8,449 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greenville<6>
    • Rockford [Kent County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockford have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockford
      • Rockford [Kent County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2018: 6,299 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rockford<6>
    • Belding [Ionia County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belding have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belding
      • Belding [Ionia County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2018: 5,747 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belding
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belding<6>
    • Lowell [Kent County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lowell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lowell
      • Lowell [Kent County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the south of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2018: 4,150 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lowell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lowell<6>
    • Cedar Springs [Kent County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Springs
      • Cedar Springs [Kent County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Alton
      • Estimated population in 2018: 3,684 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cedar Springs<6>

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. 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Alton, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Alton.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Kent County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Kent County: www.accesskent.com/

The official website for State of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Michigan's counties, including Kent, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Alton refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Alton may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0164, Longitude: -85.3517       In this case, the coordinates for Alton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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