Alton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 27,003 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Alton is the 76th largest community in Illinois.
Alton is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Alton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Alton who work in office and administrative support (13.56%), sales jobs (9.15%), and food service (7.15%).
In terms of college education, Alton is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.65% of adults 25 and older in Alton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Alton in 2010 was $20,515, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $82,060 for a family of four. However, Alton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Alton is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Alton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Alton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Alton include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Alton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.