Where is Edwardsville

Where is Edwardsville, Illinois

The communities of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon have much to offer prospective residents. Situated in what is referred to as the Metro East area, these two towns on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River are close to St. Louis, but far from just being urban sprawl. They are distinct communities in their own rights, each with a rich

history and providing attractive neighborhoods for families, as well as solid infrastructure for growing businesses. Whether you enjoy quiet streets or big-town bustle – or maybe a bit of both – living in the Ed/Glen area can provide what you’re looking for.

Not surprisingly, a growing number of people are choosing to live here, and within the pages of this magazine you’ll meet some of the people and organizations calling these two towns home. Good neighbors, community spirit, first-rate schools and promising business opportunities continue to draw new residents, and we invite you to take a closer look.

Location has always been one of the greatest assets shared by Edwardsville and Glen Carbon. From highways and railroads to waterways and airports, both communities are situated in the heart of mid-America’s robust transportation infrastructure when it comes to traveling or shipping goods.


Residents of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon can merge onto I-270, cross the Mississippi River and easily access Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (www.flystl.com), usually in about a half-hour. With daily service to all major airports and many regional airports provided by 12 different airlines, Lambert-St. Louis International also has infrastructure for efficient handling and forwarding of cargo via air cargo charters. Residents and businesses also have access to several regional airports on the Illinois side.


Edwardsville and Glen Carbon are just a few miles away from major cross-country arteries, including I-44, I-55, I-64 and I-70. Also just minutes away are I-255 and I-270, which provide a bypass loop around St. Louis County and the Metro East. From a nostalgic perspective, two of the nation’s most recognized two-lane highways run through the area. Historic Route 66 runs right through downtown Edwardsville, while Route 50, the nation’s only coast-to-coast two-lane highway, skirts the southern extremities of Madison County.

Highways 159 and 157, as well as Governors Parkway, are the main arteries in both communities and give residents quick access locally.


Public transportation is an increasingly viable option in the region.

  • Madison County Transit (www.mct.org) offers bus service throughout Madison County and provides seamless links to other transportation hubs servicing the Metro East and St. Louis areas.
  • Metro (www.metrostlouis.org) offers MetroBus and MetroLink light rail transportation to destinations throughout St. Louis, including Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, and a MetroLink station is just 20 minutes away from Edwardsville/Glen Carbon.
  • Interstate rail travel is easily accessed through a nearby Amtrak station (www.amtrak.com) in Alton, Illinois, with daily service to St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas and San Antonio.