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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.


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Median household income
Local
$24,140
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Charleston demographic reports
Abraham Lincoln practiced law here
Local festivals include:
  • Coles County Fair - July 29-Aug. 5, 2007
Dates often change. Check Charleston web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Fox Ridge State Park, Walnut Point State Park
Historic sites and museums: Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
Colleges and universities: Eastern Illinois University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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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.

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Ancestry & family history

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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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Charleston was $14,522, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

33% of Charleston residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Charleston, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $361.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $795.


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Libraries in Charleston include Charleston Carnegie Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Charleston include Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

TV stations in Charleston include WEIU.

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Coles County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Charleston political report.

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Traffic

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.

Travel

Hotels in Charleston include Best Western, Days Inn.

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