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Overview of Belleville

Belleville is quaint community in southern Illinois. Named an All-American City in 2011, Belleville residents are proud of the rich history that is still prevalent in life today. Located in St. Clair County, it is the eighth most populated city outside of the Chicago area and is the most populated city south of Springfield. Although Belleville is technically in Illinois, it is considered a part of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Boasting 22 parks spanning 200 acres throughout the city, Belleville has something to offer everyone.

The Belleville flag represents the community’s history and the impact it had on education, industry and culture since the early 19th century. Designed in 1964, the flag’s colors are symbolic of the city’s strengths and struggles throughout its history.

Belleville apartments for rent are ideal for families or young professionals that seek a simple life outside of a major metropolis. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Belleville has remained fairly steady over the years, and today more than 44,000 residents call it home.

Living in Belleville, IL

Belleville is one of the oldest cities in Illinois and was first settled after the Revolutionary War by veterans who received land grants. However, it wasn’t until after the Civil War that the manufacturing industry began to prosper. Large local companies made equipment for the growing agricultural industry as well as gray iron castings for printing presses. Smaller companies in the area manufactured cigars and candy.

In the early 1800s, southern Illinois was home to many French settlers, which is where the city got its name, which translates to beautiful city. However, after a book was published on the area, many immigrants from Germany decided to make the treck to the small community during the 1830s. During the time, much of the architecture was reminiscent of their simple brick styling, which is still evident in older areas of the city. Germans also brought along their talents and passion for beer, and at one time Belleville was home to seven breweries.

Another major industry that aided the development of Belleville was stove casting for heating and cooking stoves. Between the late 1800s and 1940s, the city was known as the Stove Capital of the World, and the first enameled stove was invented in Belleville.

Belleville Work and Study

In St. Clair County, the leading industries include military, healthcare, education and manufacturing. The top employers in the county are Scott Air Force Base, Memorial Hospital - Belleville, Hospital Sister Health Systems, Southwestern Illinois College and Midcoast Aviation.

Students living in apartments in Belleville have several options for post-secondary education. Lindenwood University, Coiffure School of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences, and Southwestern Illinois College are both located nearby.

Rentals in Belleville, IL and Cost of Living

The small town life in Belleville translates to the cost of living. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 16 points lower than the national average, food is 4 points lower and utilities are 8 points higher. Similarly, the cost of apartments in Belleville is just as affordable. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the average rent is $692.

Belleville Attractions and Special Events

In Belleville, there are several events held annually that residents look forward to year-round. Art on the Square is one held on the third weekend in May and is a nationally recognized art show dedicated to encouraging the appreciation of visual and performing arts. Other events include Oktoberfest, the Belleville Chili Cook-off and Wine, Dine & Jazz.

Among the area’s best attractions are the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, The EDGE, Belleville Philharmonic Society, Emma Kunz House and the Lincoln Theater.

To find a Belleville apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

The Dorchester - Saint Louis, MO 63105
29

Saint Louis, MO 63105

$982 - $2185

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Louis, MO (Demun, Wydown)


$982 - $2185

187 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Gentry's Landing - Saint Louis, MO 63102
41
(8)

Saint Louis, MO 63102

$569 - $1438

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Louis, MO (Downtown)

(8)

$569 - $1438

416 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Syndicate Lofts - Saint Louis, MO 63101
1

Saint Louis, MO 63101

$950 - $2289

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Louis, MO (Downtown)


$950 - $2289

42 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Winchester Place - Fairview Heights, IL 62208
33
(11)

Fairview Heights, IL 62208

$720 - $950

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Fairview Heights, IL

(11)

$720 - $950

312 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Downtowner Apartments - Saint Louis, MO 63101
26

Saint Louis, MO 63101

$588 - $885

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Louis, MO (Downtown)


$588 - $885

95 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

West Pine Lofts - Saint Louis, MO 63108
8

Saint Louis, MO 63108

$849 - $1069

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Louis, MO (Central West End)


$849 - $1069

206 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Villa St. Cyr - Saint Louis, MO 63137
3
(3)

Saint Louis, MO 63137

$530 - $750

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Saint Louis, MO

(3)

$530 - $750

60 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Parkshire Apartments - Saint Louis, MO 63109
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(4)

Saint Louis, MO 63109

$560 - $715

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Park Terrace - Fairview Heights, IL 62208
33
(9)

Fairview Heights, IL 62208

$685 - $790

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Fairview Heights, IL

(9)

$685 - $790

96 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Black Forest - Saint Louis, MO 63129
13
(4)

Saint Louis, MO 63129

$570 - $655

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Saint Louis, MO

(4)

$570 - $655

160 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Taravue Park - Saint Louis, MO 63125
55
(48)

Saint Louis, MO 63125

$485 - $810

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Louis, MO

(48)

$485 - $810

304 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Montclair On The Park - Saint Louis, MO 63108
35

Saint Louis, MO 63108

$720 - $865

0-3 Beds 1 Bath

Saint Louis, MO (Forest Park)


$720 - $865

212 Units 0-3 Beds 1 Bath

Jefferson Townhomes - Saint Louis, MO 63125
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(16)

Saint Louis, MO 63125

$510 - $810

1-3 Beds 1 Bath

Marlborough Trails - Saint Louis, MO 63123
29
(8)

Saint Louis, MO 63123

$490 - $950

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Louis, MO

(8)

$490 - $950

501 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Willow Park - Swansea, IL 62226
16
(16)

Swansea, IL 62226

$540 - $690

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Swansea, IL

(16)

$540 - $690

121 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Kingsbury - Saint Louis, MO 63112
15

Saint Louis, MO 63112

$765 - $1274

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Louis, MO (DeBaliviere Place)


$765 - $1274

53 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lilac Court - Saint Louis, MO 63137
6
(4)

Saint Louis, MO 63137

$435 - $500

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Saint Louis, MO

(4)

$435 - $500

52 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

University Commons - University City, MO 63130
11

University City, MO 63130

$470 - $875

1-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

University City, MO


$470 - $875

133 Units 1-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

Fairgrounds Park Place - Saint Louis, MO 63107
11

Saint Louis, MO 63107

$515 - $605

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Saint Louis, MO (Jeff-Vander-Lou)


$515 - $605

71 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Aventura at Forest Park - Saint Louis, MO 63110
29

Saint Louis, MO 63110

$1150 - $1600

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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