Granite City At-A-Glance

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Located at the center of the St. Louis metropolitan area and in the heart of the United States, Granite City’s location is a major boon to businesses and residents alike. However, that is not all Granite has to offer. Granite also has a well-trained workforce, a business-friendly atmosphere, strong infrastructure including multiple rail lines, a stellar port district on the Mississippi River, easy access to four major interstates (going in all directions) and is less than 25 minutes away from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. The following information tells more of the story about what Granite City is and what we have to offer.

What Makes Granite City a Business-Friendly City?
The City of Granite City ensures that the climate for business is inviting. The City implements good government practices toward businesses while creating specific economic development programs. The City also maintains a healthy and safe environment, and an up-to-date and well-maintained infrastructure. These are all part of the mix that makes Granite City business-friendly by being a great place to live.

Good Government Practices
Good government practices can help businesses become more successful. The City of Granite City has concentrated on improving its business assistance programs, cutting costs and changing policies to become more business friendly.

Saving Businesses Time
The City has saved businesses valuable time by reducing permit processing time, improving customer service, and cutting red tape.

Providing Regulatory Relief
The City has simplified processing and cost requirements, reduced fees, and modified City codes to provide businesses with regulatory relief.

Quick Facts
Land Area: 22.7 square miles
No. of Parks: 13
Total Park Acres: 175
Elevation: 425 feet 

2010 Estimated Population 29,849          Median Age 38.2 


Households by Income 2011


Average Household Income   $49,629       Per Capita Income $21,040 


Housing Units 2011


Total Housing Units 14,408    
     Owner Occupied   12,741   88.4%
     Vacant   1,667 11.6%


Industries(providing employment)
Manufacturing: 13.5%
Educational, health & social services: 20.0%
Retail trade 12.1%

Number of Employees (Daytime Pop):        13,324

Leading Employers

1. U.S. Steel 2,250
2. ASF-Keystone/Amsted Rail 1,400
3. Gateway Regional Medical Center 1,031
4. Granite City School District #9 700
5. Kraft Foods 500
6. Walmart 360
7. Southwestern Illinois College 301
8. Dynamic Transit 260
9. Granite City Municipal Government 252
10.ICON Mechanical 225

Tax Information

2012 Property Tax Rate:                     9.1615%
2012 City Portion of Property Tax:     2.1276%

Related Links

Our Region - Statistical Information about the St. Louis Metropolitan Area
Facts & Figures - Detailed demographic & statistical information on Granite City