Dynamic Highland has 9,830 residents just 30 miles east of metropolitan St. Louis and a little over 24 miles from Scott AFB. Interstate 70 to the north is within easy reach, as are state routes 160 and 143 and U.S. Route 40. Highland is surrounded by farmland and has strong agriculture roots, but the community settled by Swiss and Germans in the early 1800s also has a long history of being a progressive municipality, successfully blending business and industry with a small-town atmosphere.
Highland’s quality of life stems from people filled with community spirit and pride. Visitors can’t help but notice the well-maintained parks, streets, lake, homes and yards. Parks and playgrounds range from Kaeser Park, a historical stagecoach stop, to Silver Lake, which offers boating, fishing, waterfowl hunting, archery, pavilions, a playground, sand volleyball, nature and walking trails, and a climbing wall. With numerous annual festivals and fairs, among them Peanut Butter & Jam summertime festivals, the Street Art Festival, the Madison County Fair, band concerts, art events and community theater from Hard Road Theatre Productions, there is always something new to experience.
Students are served by Highland Community Unit School District No. 5. The Louis Latzer Public Library has operated out of its handsome stone neoclassical building since 1929, and provides students and residents alike with a substantial collection and special programs.
The city has quality services and infrastructure at reasonable rates, including municipally owned and operated fiber broadband internet, telephone and data services. The balanced economy includes clean manufacturing, agriculture, health care, service industries and retail. The inventor of PET Evaporated Milk was from Highland, and the Wicks Organ Co., founded more than a century ago by three brothers in the back of a jewelry and watch-making store, is still going strong.
To learn more, visit the city’s website at www.highlandil.gov or the Highland Chamber of Commerce’s site at www.highlandillinois.com.