Carbondale, IL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Carbondale, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Carbondale had a population of 26,406 as of July 1, 2018. Carbondale ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Carbondale is located at latitude 37.7221 and longitude -89.2237 in Jackson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Carbondale (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0.43 sq. miles. Jackson County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 413 feet.

The City of Carbondale (GNIS ID: 2393739) 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 Carbondale is located within Township of Carbondale, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jackson County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Carbondale population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

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Carbondale, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 26,406
Population in Households 23,235
Population in Familes 10,544
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,171
Population Density2 1,532
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $23,409
Average Household Income $44,447
Per Capita Income $20,719


Total Housing Units 12,602 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,867 (22.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,390 (66.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,345 (10.7%)
Median Home Value $116,747
Average Home Value $139,740


Total Households 11,257
Average Household Size 2.06
Family Households 3,600
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.07% 0.01%
Households 0.08% -0.04%
Families 0.23% -0.28%
Median Household Income   1.33%
Per Capita Income   1.47%

Carbondale, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carbondale to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 84 94th
Population Density # 448 67th
Diversity Index # 113 92nd
Median Household Income # 1362 1st
Per Capita Income # 1261 8th

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