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Population in 2012: 21,911 (99% urban, 1% rural). Population change since 2000: +4.1%
 

Males: 10,742  (49.0%)
Females: 11,169  (51.0%)

Median resident age:  22.9 years
Illinois median age:  39.6 years

Zip codes: 61920, 61938.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $28,099 (it was $24,140 in 2000)
Charleston:

$28,099
IL:

$55,137
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,893

Charleston city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $85,479 (it was $75,600 in 2000)
Charleston:

$85,479
IL:

$170,600
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $105,651; Detached houses: $110,458; Townhouses or other attached units: $303,618; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $250,233; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $207,362; Mobile homes: $12,279

Median gross rent in 2012: $631.

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  • White alone - 19,266 (87.8%)
  • Black alone - 1,423 (6.5%)
  • Hispanic - 633 (2.9%)
  • Asian alone - 371 (1.7%)
  • Two or more races - 244 (1.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 15 (0.07%)

Races in Charleston detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Charleston: 81.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)


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Ancestries: German (23.6%), Irish (16.2%), United States (10.3%), English (7.8%), Italian (4.7%), Polish (4.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 11/20/1872

Elevation: 686 feet

Land area: 7.99 square miles.

Population density: 2,741 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

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For population 25 years and over in Charleston:

  • High school or higher: 89.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 35.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 15.9%
  • Unemployed: 10.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Charleston city:

  • Never married: 60.5%
  • Now married: 26.3%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 5.0%
  • Divorced: 7.0%

709 residents are foreign born (1.0% Asia, 0.7% North America, 0.4% Europe).

This city:  3.2%
Illinois:  13.9%



According to our research of Illinois and other state lists there were 31 registered sex offenders living in Charleston, Illinois as of December 18, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Charleston to the number of sex offenders is 707 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,979 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,985 (2.2%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Terre Haute, IN (42.2 miles , pop. 59,614).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Indianapolis, IN (110.2 miles , pop. 781,870).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (164.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Lerna, IL (2.8 miles ), Ashmore, IL (3.0 miles ), Westfield, IL (3.2 miles ), Mattoon, IL (3.2 miles ), Humboldt, IL (3.3 miles ), Kansas, IL (3.7 miles ), Hindsboro, IL (3.7 miles ), Oakland, IL (3.8 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 22 buildings, average cost: $84,800
  • 1998: 31 buildings, average cost: $81,400
  • 1999: 18 buildings, average cost: $91,300
  • 2000: 16 buildings, average cost: $85,100
  • 2001: 19 buildings, average cost: $86,400
  • 2002: 12 buildings, average cost: $191,700
  • 2003: 16 buildings, average cost: $110,100
  • 2004: 18 buildings, average cost: $119,700
  • 2005: 27 buildings, average cost: $105,500
  • 2006: 80 buildings, average cost: $107,500
  • 2007: 20 buildings, average cost: $120,000
  • 2008: 16 buildings, average cost: $184,600
  • 2009: 9 buildings, average cost: $169,200
  • 2010: 6 buildings, average cost: $333,900
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $292,500
  • 2012: 6 buildings, average cost: $165,300

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 39.49 N, Longitude: 88.18 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +216 (+1.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 6,559 (64.9%)

Area code: 217

Charleston household income distribution Charleston home values distribution


 

Crime rates in Charleston by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 0100000002010
per 100,000 0.04.80.00.00.00.00.00.00.09.20.04.60.0
Rapes 129131391912171161587
per 100,000 57.042.861.862.044.394.059.484.254.227.669.636.532.0
Robberies 142214215343323
per 100,000 4.819.09.59.54.919.89.95.024.613.8199.6146.113.7
Assaults 333140403337282244522640
per 100,000 156.9147.3190.1190.7162.5183.1138.7109.0216.8239.59.327.4183.0
Burglaries 106739090947510697891311165835
per 100,000 503.8347.0427.8429.1462.9371.2525.0480.6438.5603.3538.6264.8160.1
Thefts 34829032332329843631723521624320418386
per 100,000 1654.11378.41535.21539.91467.62158.01570.21164.41064.21119.0947.2835.6393.4
Auto thefts 171713132211151410151096
per 100,000 80.880.861.862.0108.354.474.369.449.369.146.441.127.4
Arson 4277340231201
per 100,000 19.09.533.333.414.819.80.09.914.84.69.30.04.6
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 301.1) 168.1148.7168.4168.9152.7211.6165.8159.2154.6167.0177.6129.086.1

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Charleston detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 36 (32 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.46
Illinois average:

2.76

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Charleston, Illinois accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

10.3%
Illinois:

9.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +427 (+2.1%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (24%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (8%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
  • Educational services (33%)
  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Postsecondary teachers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (3%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers including supervisors (3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (6%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)

Work and jobs in Charleston: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

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Tornado activity:

Charleston-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Illinois state average. It is 142% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/11/1958, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 2.7 miles away from the Charleston city center injured 3 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 8/10/1974, a category F3 tornado 4.2 miles away from the city center caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Charleston-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Illinois state average. It is 77% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 73.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 48.8 miles away from Charleston center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 72.3 miles away from the city center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG) earthquake occurred 62.2 miles away from the city center
On 4/21/2008 at 05:38:29, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 MB, 4.0 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 70.8 miles away from Charleston center
On 11/11/1991 at 09:20:47, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 55.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Coles County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Charleston topographic map

Birthplace of: Carlos Talbott - Recipient of the Purple Heart medal, Marty Pattin - Baseball player and coach, Charles Clary - Actor, Jeff Gossett - Football player, Mike Phillips (Montana politician) - Politician, Rosie Rosebraugh - Baseball player, Ray Fisher (American football) - Football player.


Hospitals/medical centers in Charleston:

  • DAVITA - MATTOON DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, 6051 DEVELOPEMENT DRIVE)
  • AT HOME CARE, INC. (Home Health Center, 1519 UNIVERSITY DRIVE)
  • ALPHA COMMUNITY HOUSE (Hospital, 1701-18TH STREET)
  • CAROLYN SMITH HOUSE (Hospital, 910 17TH STREET)
  • GAYLORD TULL HOUSE (Hospital, 1911 18TH STREET)
  • HOSPICE OF DYNAMIC HOMECARE (Hospital, 546 WEST LINCOLN AVENUE)
  • LINCOLNLAND HOSPICE OF SARAH BUSH LINC (Hospital, 700 W LINCOLN AVE SUITE 800)
  • CHARLESTON HEALTHCARE CENTER (Nursing Home, 415 18TH ST)
  • CHARLESTON REHAB AND HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, 716 EIGHTEENTH STREET)
  • HILLTOP SKILLED NURSING AND REHABILITATION (Nursing Home, 910 WEST POLK STREET)

Political contributions by individuals in Charleston, IL

Airports located in Charleston:

Amtrak station near Charleston:

  • 11 miles: MATTOON (1718 BROADWAY) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

College/University in Charleston:

  • Eastern Illinois University (Full-time enrollment: 9,940; Location: 600 Lincoln Avenue; Public; Website: www.eiu.edu; Offers Master's degree)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Charleston:

  • Lake Land College (about 12 miles; Mattoon, IL; Full-time enrollment: 3,606)
  • Indiana State University (about 42 miles; Terre Haute, IN; FT enrollment: 8,125)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (about 43 miles; Champaign, IL; FT enrollment: 39,877)
  • Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley (about 44 miles; Terre Haute, IN; FT enrollment: 2,860)
  • Parkland College (about 45 miles; Champaign, IL; FT enrollment: 4,831)
  • Millikin University (about 49 miles; Decatur, IL; FT enrollment: 2,183)
  • Vincennes University (about 66 miles; Vincennes, IN; FT enrollment: 6,470)

Public high school in Charleston:

Private high school in Charleston:

  • CHARLESTON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 46; Location: 2605 UNIVERSITY DR; Grades: KG - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Charleston:

See full list of schools located in Charleston, School District: CHARLESTON COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 1

Library in Charleston:

  • CHARLESTON CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $674,994; Location: 712 SIXTH STREET; 59,143 books; 102 e-books; 849 audio materials; 1,196 video materials; 8 local licensed databases; 10 state licensed databases; 2 other licensed databases; 177 print serial subscriptions; 6 electronic serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Charleston: Charleston Country Club (A), Charleston Wastewater Treatment Plant (B), Charleston Public Library (C), Coles County Courthouse (D), Coles County Jail (E), Weller Hall (F), Walter Klehm Hall (G), Thut Greenhouse (H), Thomas Hall (I), Taylor Hall (J), Tarble Arts Center (K), Roberts G Buzzard Building (L), Quincy V Doudna Fine Arts Center (M), Phipps Lecture Hall (N), Pemberton Hall (O), McKinney Hall (P), Mary J Booth Library (Q), Martin Luther King Junior University Union (R), Lumpkin Hall (S), Livingston C Lord Administration Building (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Charleston include: First Apostolic Church (A), First Baptist Church (B), First Christian Church (C), First Church of Christ Scientist (D), First Methodist Church (E), First Presbyterian Church (F), First United Brethren Church (G), Immanuel Lutheran Church (H), Pilgrim Holiness Christian Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Old Charleston Cemetery (1), Chambers Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Lake Charleston (A), Glenwood Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Whetstone Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Charleston: O'Brien Field (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Coles County Historical Society (Museums; 895 7th Street) (1), Dudley House (Museums; 895 7th Street) (2), Charleston Tourism Office (520 Jackson Avenue) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Days Inn (810 West Lincoln Avenue) (1), Best Western Worthington Inn (920 West Lincoln Avenue) (2), Days Inn of Charleston (810 West Lincoln Avenue) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Court: Robers Moblile Home Court (9768 North County Road 1820E) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

 
Coles County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI  Pb  SO2 Ozone  PM10 PM2.5

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 31.7. This is about average.
City:

31.7
U.S.:

32.0
Lead (Pb) [µ/m3] level in 2009 was 0.00376. This is significantly better than average. There were 15 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.00376
U.S.:

0.02218
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 5.58. This is significantly worse than average. There were 22 monitors within city limits.
City:

5.58
U.S.:

2.43
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 18.7. This is about average. There were 28 monitors within city limits.
City:

18.7
U.S.:

22.1
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.69. This is about average. There were 28 monitors within city limits.
City:

9.69
U.S.:

9.59

Drinking water stations with addresses in Charleston and their reported violations in the past:

CHARLESTON (Population served: 15500, Surface_water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-1998, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-15-1999), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-15-1999)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR) - In JUN-1997. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (JUL-05-1997), St Public Notif requested (JUL-09-1997), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-09-1997)
  • Treatment Technique (SWTR) - In NOV-1996. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (DEC-05-1996), St Public Notif requested (JAN-28-1997), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-28-1997)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Water Quality Parameter WQP M&R - Between JUL-1996 and DEC-1996, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (APR-16-1999)
EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY (Population served: 4900, Purch_surface_water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR INADEQUATE REPORTING - Between JUL-01-2005 and OCT-06-2005, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-26-2005), St Compliance achieved (OCT-06-2005)
EMBARRAS AREA WATER DISTRICT (Population served: 975, Purch_groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - Between JUL-2005 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-03-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-03-2005), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-08-2005), St BCA signed (SEP-22-2005), St Public Notif received (MAY-15-2006)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Charleston that have no violations reported:

  • SUPER CLEAN CAR WASH-VENDING (Address: Po Box 1064, Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Purch_surface_water)
  • MORE PURE H2O VENDING UNIT 2 (Address: Po Box 1064, Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Purch_surface_water)
  • WAL-MART WATER VENDING UNIT (Address: Po Box 1064, Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Purch_surface_water)
  • HYDROSPRAY CAR WASH-VENDING (Address: Po Box 1064, Population served: 35, Primary Water Source Type: Purch_surface_water)
  • HYDRO-SPRAY III CAR WASH (Address: Po Box 1064, Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Purch_surface_water)
  • MORE PURE H20 VENDING UNIT 3 (Address: Po Box 1064, Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Purch_surface_water)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 34.3%
(32.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 61.9% for Black residents, 35.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 56.5% for other race residents, 36.6% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.2 people
Illinois:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  41.7%
Whole state:  65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.5%
Whole state:  6.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Charleston, IL

People in group quarters in Charleston in 2010:

  • 3,532 people in college/university student housing
  • 234 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 129 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 105 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 21 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 11 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 11 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 5 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)

People in group quarters in Charleston in 2000:

  • 3,474 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 182 people in nursing homes
  • 123 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 82 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 62 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 33 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 13 people in religious group quarters
  • 2 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Charleston compared to Illinois state average:

Charleston, Illinois environmental map by EPA

Map Legend

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.


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Banks with branches in Charleston (2011 data):

  • FIRST MID-ILLINOIS BANK & TRUST, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION: Eiu Branch, Charleston Facility, Lincoln Branch. Info updated 2010/09/16: Bank assets: $1,492.8 mil, Deposits: $1,192.9 mil, headquarters in Mattoon, IL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 37 total offices, Holding Company: First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc.
  • Prairie State Bank and Trust: Charleston Branch at 621 West Lincoln Street, branch established on 1973/07/19; 18th Street Branch at 1820 18th Street, branch established on 1999/11/08. Info updated 2011/12/20: Bank assets: $633.0 mil, Deposits: $566.9 mil, headquarters in Mount Zion, IL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 21 total offices, Holding Company: American Central Bancorporation, Inc.
  • First Financial Bank, National Association: Charleston Branch at 820 West Lincoln, branch established on 1892/01/01. Info updated 2012/01/04: Bank assets: $2,852.7 mil, Deposits: $2,227.7 mil, headquarters in Terre Haute, IN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 66 total offices, Holding Company: First Financial Corporation
  • Peoples Bank & Trust: Charleston Il Branch at 505 West Lincoln, branch established on 2010/06/25. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $297.5 mil, Deposits: $246.8 mil, headquarters in Pana, IL, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: People First Bancshares, Inc.
  • First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Central Illinois: First Fs & La Of Shelbyville Thrift at 800 West Lincoln Avenue, branch established on 1882/01/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $100.4 mil, Deposits: $88.6 mil, headquarters in Shelbyville, IL, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 2 total offices
  • First Neighbor Bank, National Association: Charleston Branch at 1415 Eighteenth Street, branch established on 1997/11/17. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $256.5 mil, Deposits: $221.4 mil, headquarters in Toledo, IL, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: First Neighborhood Bancshares, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Bank of America, National Association: Lincoln Branch at 605 Lincoln Street, branch established on 1978/08/01. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Charleston, Illinois:

  • Days Inn, 810 W Lincoln, Charleston, IL 61920 , Phone: (217) 345-7689, Fax: (217) 345-7697
  • Best Western Worthington Inn, 920 W Lincoln Ave, Charleston, IL 61920 , Phone: (217) 348-8161, Fax: (217) 348-8165
  • Varsity Inn, 415 W Lincoln Ave, Charleston, IL 61920 , Phone: (217) 348-8882, Fax: (217) 348-8813
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in Charleston, Illinois

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Charleston travel time to work - commute


Charleston mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (51%)
  • Electricity (47%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results



Religion statistics for Charleston city (based on Coles County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 38.64%
Here38.6%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchLutheran ChurchSouthern Baptist Convention
Adherents16.2%15.2%12.8%9.9%9.7%
Congregations2.9%8.6%12.9%4.3%8.6%
NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAPresbyterian Church (USA) General Conference Churches of GodSeparate Baptists in ChristOther
Adherents8.3%5.6%3.7%2.5%16.2%
Congregations4.3%5.7%4.3%8.6%40.0%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Coles County:

0.96 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Coles County:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 22
Coles County:

4.21 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 40
Here:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.7%
Illinois:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Coles County:

27.2%
Illinois:

25.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.6%
State:

14.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 9$30,549$40,7320$0
Other Government Administration 16$41,247$30,9354$195
Judicial and Legal 1$4,592$55,1040$0
Police Protection - Officers 33$143,184$52,0670$0
Police - Other 2$6,919$41,5146$3,089
Firefighters 31$155,009$60,0030$0
Streets and Highways 13$49,977$46,1332$381
Sewerage 16$64,160$48,1202$2,057
Parks and Recreation 7$16,043$27,50219$12,088
Water Supply 7$28,193$48,3313$1,007
Local Libraries 3$9,923$39,69217$13,271
Other and Unallocable 2$7,962$47,7720$0
Totals for Government 140$557,758$47,80853$32,088

Charleston government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $869,000 ($39.66)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $2,429,000 ($110.86)
    General - Other: $2,358,000 ($107.62)
    Fire Protection: $2,198,000 ($100.31)
    Police Protection: $2,090,000 ($95.39)
    Water Utilities: $1,295,000 ($59.10)
    Central Staff Services: $1,277,000 ($58.28)
    Sewerage: $1,189,000 ($54.26)
    Libraries: $869,000 ($39.66)
    General Public Buildings: $812,000 ($37.06)
    Parks & Recreation: $443,000 ($20.22)
    Housing & Community Development: $387,000 ($17.66)
    Financial Administration: $182,000 ($8.31)
    Health Services - Other: $17,000 ($0.78)
  • Employee Retirement - Benefit Payments: $902,000 ($41.17)
    Total Cash & Deposits: $509,000 ($23.23)
    Withdrawals: $2,000 ($0.09)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $0 ($0.00)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $8,000 ($0.37)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff: $1,123,000 ($51.25)
    Libraries: $482,000 ($22.00)
    Water Utilities: $162,000 ($7.39)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $6,108,000 ($278.76)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $42,000 ($1.92)

Charleston government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,843,000 ($84.11)
    All Other: $1,416,000 ($64.63)
    Parks & Recreation: $34,000 ($1.55)
  • Employee Retirement - Interest Revenue: $538,000 ($24.55)
    From Local Government: $453,000 ($20.67)
    Local Employee Contribution: $249,000 ($11.36)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $112,000 ($5.11)
    All Other: $35,000 ($1.60)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $222,000 ($10.13)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $732,000 ($33.41)
    Interest Earnings: $309,000 ($14.10)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,873,000 ($85.48)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $3,663,000 ($167.18)
    Highways: $585,000 ($26.70)
    All Other: $153,000 ($6.98)
    Housing & Community Development: $18,000 ($0.82)
  • Tax - Property: $2,681,000 ($122.36)
    Public Utilities: $789,000 ($36.01)
    NEC: $548,000 ($25.01)

Charleston government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $700,000 ($31.95)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $700,000 ($31.95)

Charleston government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Employee Retirement - Total Federal Securities: $15,461,000 ($705.63)
    Total Other Securities: $2,711,000 ($123.73)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $7,135,000 ($325.64)

7.40% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,115 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.40%
Illinois average:

5.66%

0.28% of residents moved from foreign countries ($206 average AGI)
Coles County:

0.28%
Illinois average:

0.19%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Douglas County, IL  0.59% ($27,606 average AGI)
from Cumberland County, IL  0.50% ($26,148)
from Moultrie County, IL  0.43% ($22,667)


7.60% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($35,892 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.60%
Illinois average:

5.99%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Cumberland County, IL  0.55% ($25,928 average AGI)
to Champaign County, IL  0.53% ($36,638)
to Douglas County, IL  0.38% ($29,493)

Strongest AM radio stations in Charleston:

  • WEIC (1270 AM; 1 kW; CHARLESTON, IL; Owner: COM-STAT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WLBH (1170 AM; daytime; 5 kW; MATTOON, IL; Owner: MATTOON BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WILL (580 AM; 5 kW; URBANA, IL; Owner: UNIV. OF ILLINOIS BOARD OF TRUSTEES)
  • WIBC (1070 AM; 50 kW; INDIANAPOLIS, IN; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)
  • KMOX (1120 AM; 50 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WYLL (1160 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: SCA LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WPFR (1480 AM; 5 kW; TERRE HAUTE, IN)

Strongest FM radio stations in Charleston:

  • WEIU (88.9 FM; CHARLESTON, IL; Owner: EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • W213AW (90.5 FM; CHARLESTON, IL; Owner: VCY AMERICA, INC.)
  • WXET (107.9 FM; ARCOLA, IL; Owner: PREMIER BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WMCI (101.3 FM; NEOGA, IL; Owner: THE CROMWELL GROUP, INC. OF ILLINOIS)
  • WLBH-FM (96.9 FM; MATTOON, IL; Owner: MATTOON BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWGO (92.1 FM; CHARLESTON, IL; Owner: WHQQ, INC)
  • WCBH (104.3 FM; CASEY, IL; Owner: TWO PETAZ, INC.)
  • WHQQ (98.9 FM; NEOGA, IL; Owner: WSHY, INC.)
  • W201AD (88.1 FM; MATTOON, IL; Owner: ILLINOIS BIBLE INSTITUTE, INC.)
  • WMMC (105.9 FM; MARSHALL, IL; Owner: JDL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WLKL (89.9 FM; MATTOON, IL; Owner: COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT #517)
  • WACF (98.5 FM; PARIS, IL; Owner: P.R.S. BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WZNX (106.7 FM; SULLIVAN, IL; Owner: WSHY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Charleston:

  • WEIU-TV (Channel 51; CHARLESTON, IL; Owner: EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • WCIA (Channel 3; CHAMPAIGN, IL; Owner: NEXSTAR BROADCASTING OF CHAMPAIGN, L.L.C.)
  • WICD (Channel 15; CHAMPAIGN, IL; Owner: WICD LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WBUI (Channel 23; DECATUR, IL; Owner: ACME TV LICENSES OF ILLINOIS, LLC)
  • WAND (Channel 17; DECATUR, IL; Owner: WAND(TV) PARTNERSHIP)
  • W52BR (Channel 52; CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, IL; Owner: MARCIA COHEN)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)


See more detailed statistics of Charleston fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 18
Total length: 57 meters (187ft)
Total costs: $819,000
Total average daily traffic: 75,125
Total average daily truck traffic: 4,377

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1900-1909: 3
  • 1910-1919: 0
  • 1920-1929: 1
  • 1930-1939: 1
  • 1940-1949: 0
  • 1950-1959: 0
  • 1960-1969: 4
  • 1970-1979: 3
  • 1980-1989: 2
  • 1990-1999: 2
  • 2000-2009: 2
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Charleston, IL

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Charleston)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 49 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 26 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Charleston, IL)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 57 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Charleston)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 1 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Charleston)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 28 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 119
  • Hazardous Condition: 42
  • Service Call: 8
  • Good Intent Call: 3

Incident types - Charleston


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Charleston, IL

Most common first names in Charleston, IL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary13680.5 years
John12676.3 years
William11777.0 years
Charles11075.8 years
Robert10372.9 years
James9575.5 years
George6575.3 years
Ruth6081.3 years
Helen5081.7 years
Dorothy4778.9 years
Most common last names in Charleston, IL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Davis5581.5 years
Cox4278.7 years
Miller4084.3 years
Smith3876.0 years
Bennett3380.1 years
Anderson3180.2 years
Williams3077.6 years
Stewart3081.6 years
Wilson2979.0 years
Wright2777.6 years
Businesses in Charleston, IL
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1New Balance1
Arby's1Nike1
CVS1Papa John's Pizza1
Chick-Fil-A1Penske1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1SAS Shoes1
Days Inn1Sprint Nextel1
Domino's Pizza1Starbucks1
FedEx3Subway3
H&R Block1Taco Bell1
Jimmy John's1True Value1
KFC1U-Haul1
Little Caesars Pizza1UPS7
MasterBrand Cabinets2Walgreens1
Maurices1Walmart1
McDonald's1
Browse common businesses in Charleston, IL


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  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Community and social services occupations: (population 5,000+)"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Life, physical, and social science occupations: (population 5,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Educational services (population 5,000+)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Mathematical science occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #44 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of college students (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes for the mentally retarded (population 5,000+)"
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