East Alton is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 6,176 people and two constituent neighborhoods, East Alton is the 294th largest community in Illinois.
East Alton is a blue-collar town, with 41.06% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, East Alton is a village of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in East Alton who work in sales jobs (13.63%), office and administrative support (10.51%), and food service (8.07%).
It is a fairly quiet village because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) East Alton has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. East Alton has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in East Alton than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, East Alton may be for you.
Despite the fact that it is a small village, East Alton has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the village for affordable transportation.
The percentage of people in East Alton with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.85% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in East Alton in 2010 was $25,806, which is middle income relative to Illinois, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,224 for a family of four. However, East Alton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call East Alton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Alton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in East Alton include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in East Alton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Russian.