Edwardsville thrives on the Illinois side of the mighty Mississippi River, just 30 miles from St. Louis. In 2010 Edwardsville was named by Family Circle magazine as one of the top 10 cities and towns for families in America based on its affordable housing, excellent schools, and green spaces. And, in 2013, NerdWallet, a website dedicated to helping people lead better lives, ranked Edwardsville #1 in Best Cities for Young Families.
So, the secret is out. But, that’s okay – we’re proud of Edwardsville and want you to see all it has to offer.
You’ll find that Edwardsville is one of the lowest cost of living areas in the country and offers a vibrant economy with excellent values in home prices and disposable goods and services.
Our schools are indeed excellent – among the best in the state in fact – with a graduation rate of 97%. With a university and two community colleges located in town, there are plenty of continuing education opportunities, too. The Edwardsville Public Library offers reading materials, activities, programs, and many other services.
As the third oldest town in Illinois, Edwardsville is proud of its history, and it shows.
There are more than 40 designated local landmarks located throughout the community, including businesses, schools, churches, cemeteries, and numerous historically significant homes. And, its beautiful historic districts offer a unique collection of art galleries, specialty boutiques and casual and fine dining that have made Edwardsville a destination.
Edwardsville has devoted more than 140 acres to public green spaces spread over 13 city parks, most of which are neighborhood parks that make a leisurely afternoon or evening in the park just a few minutes away. The community also enjoys indoor recreational activities at the YMCA, which also offers early childhood development programs, daycare and summer camps.
There’s never a shortage of fun things to do in Edwardsville. For those seeking a big-city experience, St. Louis with its arts, professional sports, theme parks, and iconic Gateway Arch, is only half an hour away.
We invite you to spend some time here. Click on the links to explore the high quality of life Edwardsville has to offer. We’re confident that you’ll feel right at home.