Wood River, Illinois
"Progressing in the Spirit of Lewis & Clark"
|• Mayor||Tom Stalcup|
|• Total||7.23 sq mi (18.72 km2)|
|• Land||6.97 sq mi (18.06 km2)|
|• Water||0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)|
|Elevation||436 ft (133 m)|
|• Density||1,500.22/sq mi (579.25/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||2397363|
Wood River is located in western Madison County on the Mississippi River approximately 15 miles (24 km) upstream of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It is among several contiguous cities and villages that have come to be known as the "Riverbend" area. The current confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers is just south of one of these neighboring villages, Hartford. Wood River is bordered to the northwest by East Alton, to the north by Rosewood Heights, to the northeast by Bethalto, to the southeast by Roxana, to the south by Hartford, and to the southwest, across the Mississippi River, by West Alton, Missouri.
Illinois Route 3 passes through the west side of the city, leading north 5 miles (8 km) to the north side of Alton and south 18 miles (29 km) to East St. Louis. Illinois Route 143 passes through the center of Wood River as Madison Avenue, leading northwest 5 miles (8 km) to the center of Alton and southeast 9 miles (14 km) to Edwardsville. Illinois Route 111 follows Central Avenue through the center of Wood River, leading north 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the west part of Bethalto and south 16 miles (26 km) to Washington Park. Illinois Route 255, a four-lane limited-access highway, passes through the east side of Wood River, leading northwest 10 miles (16 km) to Godfrey and south 15 miles (24 km) to Collinsville.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wood River has a total area of 7.23 square miles (18.73 km2), of which 6.98 square miles (18.08 km2) are land and 0.25 square miles (0.65 km2), or 3.47%, are water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
At the 2000 census there were 11,296 people, 4,725 households, and 2,995 families living in the city. The population density was 1,865.2 inhabitants per square mile (720.2/km2). There were 5,001 housing units at an average density of 825.8 per square mile (318.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.57% White, 0.63% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.35% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.21%.
Of the 4,725 households 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 31.7% of households were one person and 14.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.96.
The age distribution was 24.1% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.
The median household income was $33,875 and the median family income was $41,688. Males had a median income of $35,097 versus $24,522 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,098. About 13.2% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.2% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.
St. Louis Regional Airport is 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Wood River in Bethalto, while the nearest commercial flights are available at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, 25 miles (40 km) to the west in Missouri.
- Joe Astroth, professional baseball player; attended Wood River High School
- Roger Counsil, NCAA champion gymnastics coach
- Gary Lane, Missouri University and NFL quarterback, NFL official
- Lawrence Leritz, Broadway, Film, TV, Dance and Recording
- Ken Retzer, professional baseball player; born in Wood River
- Dewayne Staats, broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays; raised in Wood River
- John Stoneham, professional baseball player
- Jean Stothert, mayor of Omaha, Nebraska
- Kristopher Tharp, member of the Illinois Senate
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- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wood River, Illinois
- "P1. Race – Wood River city, Illinois: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 14, 2023.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
- "Joe Astroth career statistics". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved April 23, 2010.