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Alton is a city in Hidalgo County, in the McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr metro area.

The latitude of Alton is 26.286N. The longitude is -98.313W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 161 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 6,339.


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Median household income
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$22,097
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Alton demographic reports
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 25. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 5.1 per 1,000 people.
Alton received national attention for 1989 school bus accident, in which 21 children died. The bus had plunged into a water-filled pit after being hit by a truck. In 2004, a butterfly garden dedicated to the children's memory was established at the local junior high

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Alton was $6,230, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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2% of Alton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Alton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $207.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $665.


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Hidalgo County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Alton political report.

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The average commute time for Alton workers is 26 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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