- Bethalto, Illinois
name = Bethalto
category = Village
image_caption = Sign outside the village hall
country = United States
state = Illinois
region = Madison
region_type = County
district_type = Township
lat_d = 38
lat_m = 54
lat_s = 15
lat_NS = N
long_d = 90
long_m = 2
long_s = 48
long_EW = W
coordinates_no_title = 1
area_imperial = 6.6
area_land_imperial = 6.6
population_date = 2000
population_density_imperial = 1437.3
mayor = Steve Bryant
leader_type = Village president
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code = 62010
area_code = 618
map_caption = Location of Bethalto within Illinois
map_background = Illinois - background map.png
map_locator = Illinois2
commons = Bethalto, Illinois
Bethalto is a village in Madison County,
Illinois, USA. The population was 9,454 at the 2000 census [ [http://www.city-data.com/city/Bethalto-Illinois.html City data, 2000 census information] Retrieved on May 28 2007] .
Bethalto is located at coor dms|38|54|15|N|90|2|48|W|city (38.904197, -90.046579).GR|1
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.0 km²), all of it land.
The original name of Bethalto was Bethel. However, when the first post office was established, it was discovered that there was already a Bethel, Illinois. There is a general consensus that the name "Bethalto" came from the first four letters of Bethel and the first four letters of nearby
Alton, Illinois. It is believed that Bethalto is the only town of that name anywhere because of this unusual naming strategy. Bethalto was incorporated on April 19, 1869. [ [http://www.bethaltolibrary.org/btown Bethalto Library Town History] Retrieved on July 3 2007]
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 9,454 people, 3,810 households, and 2,647 families residing in the village. The population densitywas 1,437.3 people per square mile (554.7/km²). There were 4,007 housing units at an average density of 609.2/sq mi (235.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.84% White, 0.76% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.
There were 3,810 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the village the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $42,201, and the median income for a family was $50,764. Males had a median income of $41,512 versus $22,981 for females. The
per capita incomefor the village was $18,697. About 6.5% of families and 9.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.
Business and industry
bedroom community, Bethalto is not an industrial powerhouse. Nevertheless, it is home to a thriving cottage industry that includes [http://www.specialtystands.com/ Specialty Stands] , the world's leading manufacturer of slot machinestands, which is actually located in Moro, a community north of Bethalto; [http://www.rftechno.com/ RF Technologies] , North America's largest independent service center for drive-thrucommunication systems; and Denny's Seat Cover and Upholstery. Major governmental institutions include St. Louis Regional Airport, [http://www.bethalto.org Bethalto Community Unit School District 8] and the [http://www.bethaltolibrary.org Bethalto Public Library] . Local restaurants include Geno's 140 Club, Airport Restaurant, and Roma's Pizza.
In late October
2006, the segment of four-lane, controlled-access Illinois Route 255(an extension of Interstate 255) between Illinois Route 143and Fosterburg Road was opened. [Kapiolani Saxton, J. (2006, October 21). Another 7.6 miles is added to Interstate 255. Belleville News-Democrat(IL), Retrieved July 7, 2007, from EBSCONewspaper Source database.] This highway provides Bethalto residents with convenient access to the area's freeway system.
The Bethalto Arboretum is an
arboretumon the east end of town that was developed in 1966 after the demise of the railroad era in Bethalto. It is one of the few arboretums in the area. A directory of trees and bushes contained in the arboretum may be viewed in the mayorand clerk's offices. [ [http://www.bethalto.com/history.htm A Short History] Retrieved on August 2, 2007]
Culp Lane Park
Culp Lane Park is a large park on the northwest end of town that was established in 2005. Among its many features are a lake, a children's play area, and a new arboretum. [ [http://www.bethalto.com/new.htm New in the Village] Retrieved on
August 2, 2007] It has become a popular site for Bethalto residents to come for exercise as well as leisure.
* [http://www.bethalto.org Bethalto Community Unit School District 8]
* [http://www.bethalto.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=545 Civic Memorial High School] (Wiki)
* [http://www.bethalto.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=544 Trimpe Middle School]
* [http://www.bethalto.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=651 Bethalto East Primary School]
* [http://www.bethalto.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=653 Parkside Primary School]
* [http://www.bethalto.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=652 Bethalto West Intermediate School]
* [http://www.bethalto.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=646 Meadowbrook Intermediate School]
* [http://www.olqpbethalto.org/ Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School]
* [http://zionbethalto.org/?q=node/4 Zion Lutheran School]
* [http://www.bethalto.com Official Website]
* [http://www.stlouisregional.com/ St. Louis Regional Airport]
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