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Charleston, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Charleston had a population of 20,892 as of July 1, 2019. Charleston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Charleston is located at latitude 39.4961 and longitude -88.1762 in Coles County. The formal boundaries for the City of Charleston encompass a land area of 8.99 sq. miles and a water area of 0.71 sq. miles. Coles County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 673 feet.

The City of Charleston (GNIS ID: 2393803) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Charleston is located within Township of Charleston, a minor civil division (MCD) of Coles County.


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Charleston, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Charleston, IL Housing Affordability Index is 135
State of Illinois Housing Affordability Index is 119
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Charleston, IL Wealth Index is 61
State of Illinois Wealth Index is 105
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 20,892 (100%)
Population in Households 17,372 (83.2%)
Population in Families 9,269 (44.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3,520 (16.8%)
Population Density 2,371
Diversity Index2 29
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $35,892
Average Household Income $58,767
Per Capita Income $21,931
Wealth Index4 61

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 8,601 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,439 (40.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,231 (49.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 931 (10.8%)
Median Home Value $114,104
Housing Affordability Index3 135
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 7,670
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 3,229
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population -0.48% -0.37%
Households -0.36% -0.5%
Families -0.25% -0.69%
Median Household Income   2.6%
Per Capita Income   2.58%

Charleston, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Charleston to the other 1,369 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 119 91st
Population Density # 189 86th
Diversity Index # 389 72nd
Median Household Income # 1318 4th
Per Capita Income # 1227 10th

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