Located in Madison County, Illinois the city of Highland was originally settled and founded in the early 1800’s by Swiss and German immigrants. These early pioneers wanted to establish a city grounded on the principles of civic spirit and pride. These principles can literally be seen in the Highland’s mission statement that states “As Public Servants, our mission is to serve the community for the good of the community.” Nearly 175 years after its founding, Highland, IL is now home to 10,000 civic minded residents.
There are many benefits to living in this charming, small western Illinois town. For instance, Highland has a cost of living that is 8 percent lower than the U.S. average. Residents also don’t have to travel far to experience culture and history. The Louis Latzer Memorial Public Library is complete with a collection of more than 48,000 print volumes and a substantial genealogy collection and database. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the area’s numerous parks. In fact, the ratio of citizens to park acres is an astounding 51:1. Also unique to Highland is the Madison County Fair, which has an average yearly attendance of around 216,000 visitors. Highlight of the fair includes the nightly concerts and the unique car and lawn mower demo derby.