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Charleston is a city in Coles County.
It is the county seat. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Charleston. For links to other places called Charleston, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Charleston is 39.496N. The longitude is -88.176W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 669 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 20,305.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Charleston demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Coles County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 61938 ZIP code.
27% of Charleston residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Charleston ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Charleston was $14,522, compared with $21,587 nationally.
33% of Charleston residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Charleston, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $361. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $795.
Libraries in Charleston include Charleston Carnegie Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Charleston include Journal Gazette & Times-Courier
TV stations in Charleston include WEIU.
Coles County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Charleston political report.
The average commute time for Charleston workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Charleston between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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