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Old 08-08-2006, 07:18 AM
 
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Hi everybody,

Can anyone give me any info about Alton Illinois? How is the job market?
How safe is it to raise children? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 09-13-2006, 05:55 AM
 
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Hi Everyone,

Can Anyone Please Give Some Info About Alton Illions? How Is The Job Market ? Are There Great Shcools In The Area ?
Any Info Would Be Greatly Appreciated.

Thanks
well i was born and raised in alton, Il it is a verfy old town with tons of history and lots of events on both sides of the river makes it a really fun place to live... Alton just built a brand new hight school and the kids moved in 2006/07 school year..Alton high school original was 100 years old.. JObs are all depending on what you do for a living.. the town is growing rapidly and new industry are moving there daily...i wont say alton is perfect becasue it isnt..lol it has its issues.. but overall its a really neat town..
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:46 PM
 
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I was there yesterday. Drove up river road to the apple orchard to pick apples. We crossed the river on the Ferry to come home to Missouri. A fun day.....lots of memories. I use to live in Alton. I can't tell you much about it now, though.
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Old 10-04-2006, 06:37 PM
 
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Default Don't recommend Alton

I've lived in Alton the past 4 years and have come to hate the town with a passion. They definitely don't like anyone from anywhere else. There is a lot of history and some fascinating things here but the people are the coldest, unfriendliest, most hate-filled people I've ever encountered and I've lived all over the U.S. Just read a few of the posts from the local paper, The Telegraph, and that will give you some idea. I don't have kids so can't say anything from personal experience but people I know who have kids don't have anything good to say about the local school system. The locals are also quite racist and sexist. Jobs? In retail, restaurants, the casino. Not much else so figure on commuting to St. Louis for anything that pays decently or has a future. The crime rate is also pretty high, lots of drugs, prostitution and things like that. Real estate is fairly reasonable but whatever you save, you will spend commuting. Fortunately, I'm free to leave so that's what I'm doing. Good luck.
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Old 10-06-2006, 10:18 PM
 
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There are several smaller communities surrounding Alton that are lovely and friendly. If I ever HAD to leave where I am, I would not hesitate to look in the Alton area. Not IN Alton, but nearby.
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:41 PM
 
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Default Haunted?

I've never been there and I would love to visit. I've heard alot about this town, mainly that it is supposed to be one of the most haunted towns in the country.
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Old 10-09-2006, 08:34 PM
 
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There are a couple of haunted tours that are quite good. As a place to visit, Alton is fine. There's a lot of history that's very interesting. If you get a chance, look for a book entitled Haunted Alton by Troy Taylor. It has a great deal of history about the town and the immediate area around it. If you can't find the book in a bookstore, Google the title and I think you'll find the publisher and I know he takes orders.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:09 PM
 
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Ha! A neighbor of mine grew up in Alton and we'd stay in that town whenever we go to Rams games on the weekend...

It's a freakin' armpit of a town where the drug and alcohol abuse is rampant. Fun place to visit (esp. Fast Eddie's and some of their downtown bars), but it is not economically strong and the population is dwindling.
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Old 10-16-2006, 03:25 AM
 
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Sadly, Alton is not locally considered to be the best place to live and raise a family unless your business is drugs &/or bars. Property is cheap because it's not easy to sell. The hottest local towns are Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Troy, Highland, etc. They have nice houses, great schools, low crime.
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Old 10-20-2006, 12:59 PM
 
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One of the best towns nearby Alton is Godfrey, Illinois---I highly recommend it. My brother and his family lives there for over 10 years and have been very pleased with Godfrey. His children goes to private school.
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