Community Profile

Population

Totals............................Charleston..............Coles County
2000..............................21,039....................53,196
1990..............................20,398....................51,644
1980..............................19,355....................52,260
1970..............................16,421....................47,815

Males.............................9,781.....................25,387
Females.........................11,258....................27,809

Under 5 years..................794........................2,819
5 to 9 years.....................771........................2,779
10 to 14 years..................808........................2,938
15 to 19 years..................3,088.....................5,553
20 to 24 years..................6,715.....................8,883
25 to 34 years..................2,024.....................5,927
35 to 44 years..................1,911.....................6,759
45 to 54 years..................1,784.....................6,267
55 to 59 years..................600........................2,234
60 to 64 years..................506........................1,970
65 to 74 years..................921........................3,511
75 to 84 years..................817........................2,589
85 years and older............300........................967

Median age......................22.7.......................30.8

White..............................19,462....................50,734
African-American..............894.........................1,215
American Indian................51..........................105
Asian...............................284.........................419
Native Hawaiian................18...........................24
Hispanic..........................370..........................737
Other race.......................105..........................219
Two or more races............227..........................480

Educational Attainment

(Persons 25 years and older)

......................................Charleston...........Coles County
< 9th grade......................562.........................2,120
9th to 12th grade,
no diploma.......................876.........................3,055
High school graduate........2,134.......................9,891
Some college,
no degree........................1,747.......................6,463
Associate degree.............683..........................2,492
Bachelor’s degree............1,415.......................3,401
Graduate or
professional degree..........1,552.......................2,904
% high school
graduate or higher............83.9.........................82.9
% bachelor’s
degree or higher...............33.1.........................20.8

Households

Charleston.......................ColesCounty
7,672...............................21,043

Median Home Value

Charleston.......................Coles County
$80,100...........................$71,500

Housing

Owner occupied...............3,508
Renter occupied...............4,164
Total...............................7,672

Persons per Household

Average Summer Temperature: 77° F
Average Winter Temperature: 31° F
Average Annual Rainfall: 39 inches
Average Annual Snowfall: 17 inches
Prevailing Winds: Southwest

Government

Type: City Council/Manager
Fire Department Personnel: 33
Fire Insurance Class: 5 (In city), 9 (Outside city)
Police Department Personnel: 34
Sheriff’s Department Personnel: 38
Property Maintenance Ordinance: Yes
Zoning Ordinance: Yes

Taxation

Property Tax: Property is assessed at 33% of fair market value and The tax rate is applied to each $100 of assessed valuation.

City..................................1.777
County.............................1.143
School..............................4.700
Other................................1.0371
Total.................................8.6571
Sales Tax: Illinois sales tax is 5.0 percent. Coles County adds an additional .25 percent and the city of Charleston adds an additional 1.5 percent.

These taxes apply to all retail sales except non-restaurant food, groceries, and prescription medicines. Vehicles that require a title are taxed at 6.25 percent.

Rail Service

Provider: Eastern Illinois Railroad Company
Piggyback Ramp Available (nearest: one mile)
Intermodal service unavailable
Amtrak passenger service 10 miles from Charleston

Air Transportation

Airport: Coles County Memorial
Distance: 4 miles
Runway length: 6,500 ft. paved; 5,800 ft. concrete
Nearest International Airport: 50 miles

Motor Freight

Interstate 57 Exchange: 7 miles from town
Number of local terminals: 6
Other Highways Serving City: Route 130, Route 16