Glen Carbon, IL

This town of little more than 10,000 people was originally known as Goshen to reflect its bucolic landscape but more than a century ago it was renamed Glen Carbon because of its importance to the coal mining industry.  The hilly main street of Glen Carbon still resembles a classic American post card and is even bordered on one end by a historic covered wooden bridge and the other populated with parks, an ice cream shop, historic homes like the Yanda Log Cabin.
The Glen Carbon Library was named the best small library in America by The Library Journal.   
Chosen as one of the best 100 places to live in the United States by CNNMoney.  
Part of the Edwardsville School District known as one of the most celebrated school districts in the state in academics, athletics and the arts.  
Embraces its small town roots but also contains an extensive shopping and dining area on the west end of town.  
Proximity to Edwardsville affords its residents the best of both towns.