Village Profile

The Village of Glen Carbon is a close-knit and vibrant community located about twenty minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri. With a thriving dining, shopping and recreational scene, it offers a nice mix of established residential neighborhoods as well as new developments, offering styles that appeal to a wide range of homeowner tastes and preferences. Praised for its wide selection of affordable housing as well as parks, bike and walking trails, Glen Carbon is also conveniently located to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and is home to many successful businesses of all sizes and industries. 

Within a desirable school district, Glen Carbon is renowned for its academic excellence, making it a wonderful place to live for families. Public as well as private school educational options are available from preschool through high school. If you are looking for a wonderful place to make roots, the Village of Glen Carbon is a community that offers an idyllic location for residents and businesses alike. 

Glen Carbon is ranked #1 BEST PLACES TO LIVE in MADISON COUNTY by for 2022 and 2023. 

Glen Carbon is a suburb of St. Louis in the Metro-East, Illinois area and has recently been ranked as one of the BEST PLACES to live by Niche bases their rankings on a variety of things, including schools, cost of living, outdoor living spaces and more. 

Glen Carbon ranked among top 100 Best Places to Live in USA in 2009
By CNNMoney
In 2009, Glen Carbon is ranked among the top 100 best places to live according to Money Magazine. Glen Carbon, with a population of 13,842, is praised for its wide selection of affordable housing, abundant vegetation, and its strong community spirit. Money Magazine's researchers surveyed small towns across America, gathering data on their unemployment levels, crime rates, school systems and housing costs. Based on this research, Glen Carbon is recognized among America's best places to live!

Glen Carbon ranked 12th among the 50 Safest Cities in Illinois
 By SafeWise
In 2014, Glen Carbon ranked 12th according to SafeWise 50 Safest Cities in Illinois.  To make this list, a city/village had to meet select criteria regarding both violent and property crimes, according to FBI statistics in 2012.  Glen Carbon still upholds the reputation for affordable housing and strong community spirit and now residents and businesses can enjoy our beautiful Village without worrying about crime.  Just another reason to consider making Glen Carbon your home town.