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Metro-East is a region in Illinois that comprises the eastern suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, United States. It encompasses five Southern Illinois counties (and parts of three others) in the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area.[1] The region's largest city is Belleville. The Metro-East is the second largest urban area in Illinois after the Chicago metropolitan area.

MetroLink in Belleville IL



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the five counties of the region have a total area of 6,974 km² (2,692 mi²). 6,787 km² (2,620 mi²) of it is land and 186 km² (71 mi²) of it (2.74%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 599,845 people, 229,888 households, and 160,260 families residing in the five Metro-East counties.

The most common language is English, although various other languages are spoken. German speakers exist in southeastern Madison, Clinton, southern and eastern St. Clair Counties, and most of Monroe County. Spanish is spoken in the Fairmont City area, and in parts of Clinton County. The largest concentration of African-Americans is in Madison, Venice, western Granite City, East St. Louis, Washington Park, Belleville, and Alton. Secondary languages tend to be cultural or reminiscent of ancestry, and not related to the general business of the area.

List of counties

St. Louis MSA, the 5 counties in Illinois are known as Metro-East.
Map of Illinois highlighting Metro-East.

List of cities, towns, and villages


  • ^ means part of city in another county(ies)
  • Bold indicates County Seat

Clinton County

Jersey County

Madison County

Monroe County

St. Clair County

Colleges and Universities


State routes

U.S. routes

Interstate freeways

Major Employers

Tourist attractions

Residents, historic figures, and contributors

Media in the Metro East

St. Louis Area TV stations

  • Note: This list is for the entire Metro-East area, however, the low-powered stations may not reach the entire 5-county Metro-East area. WSIU, despite not being based from the St. Louis DMA, is available in Monroe, Clinton, Washington, and most of St. Clair.

Champaign-Urbana/Decatur/Springfield Area TV stations

  • Note: This list is for Jersey County, however, the majority of these stations are not available for most Jersey County residents. These stations are more likely to be available in Greene and Macoupin counties, which border Jersey County.

Paducah/Cape Girardeau/Harrisburg Area TV stations

  • Note: This list is for Monroe, St. Clair, and Clinton counties, however, the majority of the stations, with the exception of WSIU and WPXS and possibly KFVS, are not available for a majority of the St. Clair, Clinton, and/or Monroe County residents. These stations are more likely to be available in Washington County and the Centralia area.

Daily newspapers

  • Note: daily newspaper coverage depends on county.

Radio stations

  • Note: stations listed are licensed and have offices in Metro-East counties only. Stations that can be heard in the Metro-East but not listed have offices outside the Metro-East counties.
  • WSIE 88.7 FM (Edwardsville), jazz/public radio
  • WLCA 89.9 FM (Godfrey), alternative/college radio
  • WRXX 95.3 FM (Centralia), pop
  • WFUN 95.5 FM (Bethalto), hip-hop
  • WDLJ 97.5 FM (Carlyle), classic rock
  • KATZ 100.3 FM (Alton), urban
  • WJAF 103.7 FM (Centralia)
  • WNSV 104.7 FM (Nashville), Hot AC
  • WAOX 105.3 FM (Staunton), Hot AC
  • WSMI 106.1 FM (Litchfield). country
  • WILY 1210 AM (Centralia), oldies
  • WJBM 1480 AM (Jerseyville), talk
  • WESL 1490 AM (East St. Louis), urban
  • WXOZ 1510 AM (Highland,Belleville)
  • WBGZ 1570 AM (Alton), news/talk

See also: Radio stations in Illinois

Metro East in fiction

Laurell K. Hamilton has used the Metro-East as a setting in several books from the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series. In the Merry Gentry series, faries of the Unseelie Court have made their home in Monk's Mound.

Robert J. Randisi set one of his Joe Keough mysteries, East of the Arch (2002), in the Metro East communities of East St. Louis and Fairview Heights.[3]

Area codes

  • Area code 217: extreme northeast part of Metro East, in Madison County (around New Douglas).
  • Area code 618: majority of the Metro-East is in this area code.


  1. ^ State of Illinois. Metro-East. "The Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area, better known as the Metro East, is comprised of five counties: Clinton, Jersey (In 1965, the Metro East Area did not include Jersey County), Madison, Monroe and St. Clair."
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^

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