O’Fallon, right next door to Scott AFB on Interstate 64, is just 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis and 5 minutes from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. MetroLink light rail links the city to downtown St. Louis, St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Scott AFB. With 29,000 people and counting, O’Fallon is one of the fastest-growing communities in southern Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Col. John O’Fallon, a businessman, philanthropist, military officer, railroad magnate, nephew of explorer William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame and, at the time, the richest man in St. Louis, gave his name to the city at its founding in 1854.
The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized O’Fallon as a “Tree City USA” for 20 consecutive years. Several charming parks are located within the city, highlighted by the 200-acre Family Sports Park with synthetic turf and premium grass soccer fields, baseball fields, a splash pad, pavilions, concessions and a 2.1-mile walking trail. The parks and recreation department offers youth and adult sports programs throughout the year, along with arts and crafts classes, fitness classes, dance instruction and more.
Students attend schools in O’Fallon districts 90, 104 and 203. The public library support students and adults with a variety of educational resources and programs.