Belleville is a great place to live and work. It is perfectly located near Highways 15, 159, 177, 13 and 161, and not too far from I-255 and I-64. Belleville is the heart of St. Clair County’s government and their medical services are among the best in Southern Illinois. The Belleville Main Street Committee promotes shopping, dining and entertainment in Downtown Belleville. The Committee is committed to the renovation, economic growth, business recruitment and retention of Downtown Belleville.
One of the biggest private universities in St Louis, St Louis University is only 25 minutes away, along the Metro East area. Founded in 1818, this Roman Catholic research facility is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River, and the second-oldest Jesuit university in the United States.
Belleville is home to the public community college Southwestern Illinois College, with campuses in Belleville, Granite City, and Red Bud. SWIC students pay less than half the national average for public and private university tuition, and Belleville campus is only a 15 minute drive!
The Belleville Public School District 118 serves the elementary and junior high schools. It has won numerous national, state, and local achievements by their students and staff. The students represent the District at a very high level by their academic, athletic, and fine arts accomplishments. The district’s standardized test scores consistently exceed state averages.
The Belleville West High School is part of School District 201. It is a new state-of-the-art 360,000 square foot educational facility recently built on 113 acres. The school is located at the corner of Route 15 and Frank Scott Parkway West, 4 miles from the community.
The Bi- State public transportation system operates across St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois providing light rail, bus, express bus service and paratransit transport.
Greater St. Louis is the metropolitan area that completely surrounds and includes the independent city of St. Louis and includes parts of the U.S. states of Missouri and Illinois. St. Louis is a medium sized city with a big city list of things to do for all families. St. Louis offers Belleville residents big city services within an easy distance.