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Southwest Region, IL
Based on recent LandWatch data, Illinois's Southwest region ranks sixth in the state for its combined acres currently for sale. Internal data from LandWatch records $542 million of rural property, ranches and hunting land for sale in Southwest region, a slight decrease compared to last month. These land listings comprise some 18,738 acres of rural land and property for sale. The average price of land and ranches for sale here is $233,653, a 4 percent gain over last month's figures.

The Southwest Illinois region includes the six counties surrounding the St. Louis area, which adjacent to the region's western border along Missouri, also bordering the Mississippi River and Missouri River. Belleville is the most populated city in the region, with other large cities being Alton, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Granite City, O'Fallen, Jerseyville and Waterloo. There are several state parks and wildlife areas in the region, which include Illinois Caverns State Natural Area, Horseshoe Lake State Park, Lewis and Clark State Memorial Park, Lovejoy State Memorial, State Park Place, Reds Landing State Fish and Waterfowl Management Area and Rip Rap Landing State Fish and Waterfowl Management Area. There are also a number of sites on the national register of historic places, including the Col. William H. Fulkerson Farmstead and the Fisher-Chapman Farmstead. Other attractions include Cohokia Mounds, the largest archaeological site related to Mississippian culture, Eads Bridge, Nicholas Jarrot Mansion, built in 1799, Principia College Historic District and Lyman Trumbull House, the home of a US Senator who co-authored the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Belleville is the eighth most populated city outside of the Chicago metropolitan area, the most populated city south of Springfield in Illinois and the most populated city in the Metro-East region of the St. Louis metropolitan area. It is central to the economy of the region. Scott Air Force Base contributes to the local economy, being in close proximity. There are two casinos in the region which contribute to the tourist industry, in addition the many state parks and wildlife areas. There are several higher education institutions in the region, which include Blackburn College, East St. Louis Community College, Lewis and Clark Community College, McKendree University, Principia College, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, Southwestern Illinois College, Saint Louis University Belleville Campus and Lindenwood University – Belleville.

Madison County is located in the center part of Illinois' Southwest region, and borders Missouri and the Mississippi River to the west. It is named for President James Madison. Edwardsville is the county seat and Granite City is the largest city, and other large cities are Alton and Collinsville (partly in St. Clair County). There are more than 60 other small cities, villages, townships and unincorporated communities. Edwardsville is the third oldest city in the state. Alton is known for its abolitionist and American Civil War-era history. Horseshoe Lake is in the county, the second largest natural lake in Illinois after Lake Michigan. The MCT Trails system is a highlight of the county, which features miles of trails for biking, walking and roller blading, where visitors can discover landscapes, cultural institutions, historic neighborhoods and the unique communities in Madison County. Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and Southern Illinois University Dental School which are located in the county, with nearly 14,000 students each year.

St. Clair County is also located in the center of the Southwest region of Illinois, just south of Madison County, and also borders Missouri and the Mississippi River and Missouri River to the west. It is the eighth most populated county in the state, and the most populated in the southern part of Illinois. The county was founded in 1790, before the establishment of Illinois, and contains Cahokia Village, the historic French settlement and former mission, established in 1697. It is named for Arthur St. Clair, the first governor of the Northwest Territory. Belleville is the largest city and the county seat, and other large cities are Collinsville (partly in Madison County), East St. Louis, Fairview Heights and O'Fallon. There are nearly 60 other small cities, villages, townships and unincorporated communities. There are areas of urban prairie which are common in formerly industrialized cities, such as East St. Louis, and other cities in the county border agricultural or vacant lands, undeveloped land left after the decline of industry. The central area of the county, which is situated on the Mississippi River Bluff, is becoming increasingly suburban, particularly in Belleville and its satellite cities. The eastern and southern areas of St. Clair County are sparsely populated, with older small communities and newer suburban villages between areas of corn and soybean fields. Scott Air Force Base is located in the county, which contributes greatly to the county's economy and employs more than 13,000 people. Some attractions in the county include National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Gateway International Raceway and Cahokia Mounds.

Monroe County is located just south of St. Clair County in Illinois' Southwest region, and also borders Missouri and the Mississippi River and Missouri River to the west. Waterloo is the largest city and the county seat, and Columbia is the other city in the county, and there are less than 20 other villages and unincorporated communities. The eastern part of the county on the Mississippi River is part of the American Bottom floodplain, and the eastern portion is fairly flat and was originally prairie. The area between the two has high bluffs of limestone and dolomite and a number of sinkholes, caves and springs. The American Bottom area has rich farmland and agriculture is a strong industry. The county is the site of the first American settlement in the state of Illinois. Illinois Caverns State Natural Area, Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area and Pere Marquette State Park are located in the county. Other attractions include Fountain Creek Bridge, the historic village of Maeystown, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Waterloo is known for its tree-lined streets with century-old buildings, beautiful city parks, shops and unique restaurants. Bellefontaine House and Peterstown House are historic sites in Waterloo.