Alto Pass, Illinois

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Alto Pass is a village in Union County, Illinois, United States. The population was 388 at the 2000 census[1]. The Bald Knob Cross and Bald Knob Wilderness are nearby.



Alto Pass is located at 37°34′11″N 89°19′8″W / 37.56972°N 89.31889°W / 37.56972; -89.31889 (37.569758, -89.318873).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.92%) is water.

Settlers traveling between Anna and Carbondale got their covered wagons hung up in many springs through out the Shawnee National Forest and decided to found Alto Pass there. This is where Alto Pass' deep tradition of mudding comes from.

Bald Knob Cross is located approximately 5 miles southwest of the village.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 388 people, 159 households, and 111 families residing in the village. The population density was 180.5 people per square mile (69.7/km²). There were 168 housing units at an average density of 78.1/sq mi (30.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.11% White, 0.77% Native American, 10.57% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.21% of the population.

There were 159 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.6% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the village the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 103.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $33,500, and the median income for a family was $36,406. Males had a median income of $25,583 versus $19,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,288. About 12.0% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

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