Facts about Fairview Heights, Illinois
Fairview Heights, Illinois is located in the Metro-East portion of the St. Louis MSA, and is 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. With over 3 million square feet of retail, Fairview Heights is dubbed the Retail Hub of Southern Illinois. It is home to a Super Regional Mall and 7 shopping centers. 75 restaurants operate in the City, as do 8 hotels and motels. Interstate 64 straddles the City with traffic counts at Exit 12 exceeding 75,000 cars a day.
This growing community offers all the advantages of a St. Louis Metro location, yet retains small town hospitality and well planned travel routes. Fairview Heights is a local center of retail trade and tourism for all of Southwestern Illinois. St. Clair Square Mall is a shopper's paradise offering a variety of shops and restaurants.
Located just minutes away from Busch Stadium, Edward Jones Dome, Scottrade Center Center, Gateway International Raceway, Fairmont Park Racetrack, and Forest Park, which features The St Louis Zoo, The Science Center and the Missouri History Museum. Our residents and visitors also enjoy the St Louis professional sports teams, which include the St Louis Cardinals, The St. Louis Rams, and The St. Louis Blues.
The city has dramatically changed from what was once productive farmland into a thriving community. The high standard of living is maintained by dedicated and interested residents who enjoy the quality of their municipal services. The high school resident students attend was recently voted one of the best in the state.
After its incorporation in October of 1969, the city has formed a government that works for the betterment of both individuals and businesses. Additional programs and services designed to meet the needs of the public, along with several advisory boards and volunteer groups all contribute to the desirability of the city as a place to live, work and shop.
Major ancestry groups reported by Fairview Heights residents include:
· German - 26%
· Black or African American - 17%
· Irish - 13%
· English - 9%
· French (except Basque) - 5%
· Polish - 4%
· Italian - 3%
· Dutch - 2%
· Scotch-Irish - 2%
· Scottish - 1%
· Czech - 1%
· Welsh - 1%
· Mexican - 1%
· Norwegian - 1%
· European - 1%
· Filipino - 1%
· Swedish - 1%
· French Canadian - 1%
· Croatian - 1%
· Lithuanian - 1%
Each year, thousands of people visit Fairview Heights for the "Midwest Salute to the Arts Festival of Fine Art" at Longacre Park. Works by more than 100 regional and national artists, selected by jury from thousands of entries, are exhibited for viewing and purchase.
Over 205 acres of land have been set aside to provide a variety of recreational activities. Longacre Park, with ninety-acres, features three ball diamonds, walking and jogging trail, tennis courts, volleyball court and picnic pavilions.
Residents also enjoy the playground at Pleasant Ridge Park, site of the historic Kinsella Cabin. This ninety-five acre park features roller blading facilities, wintertime sledding and picnic pavilions.
Fairview Heights is always looking for additional programs and services designed to meet the needs of the public.
Surrounding areas include Scott Air Force Base, St. Louis, Belleville, O'Fallon, Collinsville, Shiloh, Swansea, Trenton, and Caseyville.