Mayor Joseph Michaelis

Greetings visitors! 

Highland is located 27 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri, on Route 40.  The city is home to 9,919 inhabitants and encompasses 6.56 square miles.  The history of Highland is based on Swiss/German heritage.  We pride ourselves by maintaining a strong value system and a high quality of life. The city is very youth-oriented and provides a wide assortment of activities for the young.  

We offer two school systems, one parochial and one public. Our school systems are widely recognized as some of the premiere in the State of Illinois. Highland High School was chosen as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.   Highland has numerous industries which provide employment opportunities. Highland is experiencing considerable growth but still maintains a small town atmosphere. 

The City of Highland also offers ample activities for the young and old alike.  We have a public swimming pool, several summer festivals, band concerts at the city square, the Madison County Fair, a recreation center, and an assortment of city parks. These are but a few of the past times offered in the city.  Highland City Lake is about 740 acres and is the water supply for the community.  The lake also offers recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, picnicking, and hiking.

Highland prides itself with first class organizations. Groups like the Optimists, Rotary, Jaycees, Lions, Civic Woman’s Club, Moose, and many others are responsible for numerous charitable donations and projects. These organizations provide community spirit for citizens to participate and get involved in the progress of Highland.

Highland offers a wide selection of churches and denominations.  We also have excellent facilities for assisted living, nursing care, as well as independent living.  St. Joseph’s Hospital and staff provide professional medical services. In addition, the Police Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services provide first class public safety.  

Highland has always been known for its cleanliness and quality of life.  It’s a great place to live and raise your family.  Please stop and spend some time with us.  I encourage each of you to visit our historic city square and watch the beautiful water fountain at night.  It’s truly one of a kind.  

Best of luck to all!