Alorton, Illinois

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Alorton (formerly Alcoa) is a village in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. The population was 2,749 at the 2000 census[1].

Alorton was home to Cahokia Downs, an American horse racing track located on Highway 15 which hosted both Standardbred harness racing and Thoroughbred flat racing events from 1954 through 1979.



Alorton is located at 38°35′3″N 90°7′4″W / 38.58417°N 90.11778°W / 38.58417; -90.11778 (38.584094, -90.117720).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,749 people, 886 households, and 670 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,545.3 people per square mile (596.3/km²). There were 1,000 housing units at an average density of 562.1/sq mi (216.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 1.56% White, 97.09% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.25% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 886 households out of which 45.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 23.5% were married couples living together, 46.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the village the population was spread out with 39.3% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 15.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $17,860, and the median income for a family was $19,833. Males had a median income of $21,579 versus $20,188 for females. The per capita income for the village was $8,777. About 41.3% of families and 47.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 57.8% of those under age 18 and 26.1% of those age 65 or over.

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