Pontoon Beach, Illinois
Location in Madison County, Illinois
Location in Madison County, Illinois
Pontoon Beach is located in the United States
Pontoon Beach
Pontoon Beach
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 38°43′15″N 90°03′39″W / 38.72083°N 90.06083°W / 38.72083; -90.06083[1]
CountryUnited States
TownshipsNameoki, Chouteau, Edwardsville, Collinsville
 • Total12.44 sq mi (32.22 km2)
 • Land9.96 sq mi (25.80 km2)
 • Water2.48 sq mi (6.42 km2)
Elevation410 ft (120 m)
 • Total5,876
 • Density589.96/sq mi (227.78/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
62040 (Pontoon Beach)
62025 (Edwardsville)
Area code618
FIPS code17-61067
GNIS feature ID2398997[1]

Pontoon Beach is a village in Madison County, Illinois, United States. The population was 5,876 at the 2020 census.[3] It is part of the St. Louis metropolitan area.


Pontoon Beach is located in southwestern Madison County 15 miles (24 km) northeast of St. Louis. It is bordered to the west by Granite City, to the northwest by Mitchell, to the north by Edwardsville, the Madison county seat, to the east by Glen Carbon, to the southeast by Collinsville, to the south by Fairmont City, and to the southwest by Madison.

Illinois Route 111 runs through the village center, leading north 9 miles (14 km) to Wood River and south 5 miles (8 km) to Fairmont City. Illinois Route 162 crosses Route 111 south of the village center; it leads east 10 miles (16 km) to Troy and southwest five miles to Madison. Interstate 255 runs through the east part of the village limits, with access from Exit 26 (Horseshoe Lake Road) and Exit 29 (IL 162). Interstate 270 crosses the northern part of the village, with access from Exit 6 (IL 111).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pontoon Beach has a total area of 12.4 square miles (32 km2), of which 10.0 square miles (26 km2) are land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), or 19.92%, are water.[2] The village is in the American Bottom region, part of the Mississippi River floodplain. A portion of Horseshoe Lake, an oxbow lake that is a former channel of the Mississippi, is in the southwest part of the village.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 5,620 people, 2,134 households, and 1,519 families residing in the village. The population density was 686.9 inhabitants per square mile (265.2/km2). There were 2,341 housing units at an average density of 286.1 per square mile (110.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 87.72% White, 8.88% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.71% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.92% of the population.

There were 2,134 households, out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 28.2% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $38,348, and the median income for a family was $45,947. Males had a median income of $36,338 versus $26,220 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,960. About 8.7% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Pontoon Beach, Illinois
  2. ^ a b "2022 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "P1. Race – Pontoon Beach village, Illinois: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 21, 2023.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.