Alton is a somewhat small city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 15,760 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Alton is the 193rd largest community in Texas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Alton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Alton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Alton who work in sales jobs (13.63%), office and administrative support (10.84%), and maintenance occupations (9.51%).
Alton is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The citizens of Alton have a very low rate of college education: just 7.27% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.
The per capita income in Alton in 2010 was $10,759, which is low income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $43,036 for a family of four. Alton also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.75% of its population below the federal poverty line.
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. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Alton, accounting for 98.00% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Alton residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Alton include English, German, Irish, and Italian.
Alton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 34.73%.
The most common language spoken in Alton is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Italian.