Often referred to as the Metro East, St. Clair County is part of the bi-state St. Louis metropolitan community.
It’s the second largest metropolitan region in Illinois outside of Chicago.
It’s a diverse mix of metropolitan and urban communities, and home of some of the lowest income communities in the state.
East St. Louis is community of 27,000 people, 45.4% living at or below the poverty level (American Community Survey 2014).
Fairview Heights is a suburban community of 17,250 located in southwestern St. Clair County. One out of four families with children under 18 are headed by women, and 25% of these families live in poverty. (American Community Survey, 2014).
St. Clair County ranks 97 out of 102 Illinois counties in the National County Healthy Rankings for overall health.
Key health concerns
Access to healthy foods
Chronic diseases like diabetes
Food insecurity and food deserts in St. Clair County
13% of the US population is food insecure.
17% of the St. Clair County population is food insecure, struggling to afford balanced meals.
Over 15% of the St. Clair County population doesn’t have access to healthy foods, according to the County Health Rankings.
For the 26,000 people who live in East St. Louis, access to healthy foods is challenging. There is only one mainstream grocery store in town; so many people rely on over 40 small corner stores as food sources.
Twelve urban census tracts in St. Clair County have been identified as food deserts.