Alton, IL
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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.

Unlike some cities, Alton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Alton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Alton is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Alton who work in office and administrative support (15.13%), sales jobs (10.18%), and food service (7.51%).

In terms of college education, Alton is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.74% of adults 25 and older in Alton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Alton in 2010 was $20,882, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $83,528 for a family of four.

Alton is an extremely 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.