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See what Charleston, IL has to offer.

All About

Living in Charleston, IL

Charleston, a small city in Illinois, has a population of slightly less than 21,000. Young adults aged 15-24 should feel right at home, as they make up an above-average percentage of the community, while middle-aged professionals are less well-represented. Overall, the city's residents, with an average age of just under 34, are decidedly younger than most cities in Illinois. Residents are fairly evenly split between renting (51%) and owning (49%) their home, driven in part by a relatively affordable average rent that is $336/month lower than the state average. Over the course of a year, renters in Charleston will save around $4,000 compared to the state average.

Compared to the national average (7%), Charleston has a relatively high percentage of residents over the age of 25 with advanced degrees, as 9% possess a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Additionally, 9% have earned a Bachelor's degree. There are plenty of industries from which to choose in Charleston, the most common four of which are education, healthcare, retail, and entertainment. Together, these industries make up 30% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 5% of the city's population works in sales, which ranks as the top field in the city. With an average annual income of about $52K, Charleston workers bring in about $25,000 less than the average Illinois resident. Charleston's average income also trails the national average of $73,345.

Charleston's average commute time ranks as one of the best in Illinois at about 15 minutes, 8th-quickest in the state. Many residents (37%) commute to work by car, while public transit isn't extensively used. Relatively few commuters (6%) walk to work, though the number far exceeds the national average.

Who Lives Here

Charleston Demographics

Education

High School

21%

Associate's

22%

Bachelor's

13%

Master's

7%

Doctorate

36%

Family Size

2 people

51%

3 people

26%

4 people

14%

5 people

4%

6+ people

6%

Household Income

0-50k

56%

50-100k

27%

100-150k

10%

150-200k

4%

200k+

3%

Age

0-10

8%

10-20

16%

20-45

47%

45-65

18%

65+

11%

Affordability

How expensive is it in Charleston?

Rent Trends

Studio1 Bed2 Beds3 Beds
Oct '23-$543$632$726
Sep '23-$543$632$726
Aug '23-$543$632$726
Jul '23-$543$632$726
Jun '23-$543$632$726
May '23-$525$632$726
Apr '23-$468$530$651
Mar '23-$468$530$651
Feb '23-$468$530$651
Jan '23-$468$530$651
Dec '22-$500$670$790
Nov '22-$500$670$790
Oct '22-$500$670$790

*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

Getting Around Charleston

Charleston Transportation

Commute Time

0-15 Mins

64%

15-30 Mins

22%

30-40 Mins

5%

40-60 Mins

5%

60+ Mins

4%

Transportation Scores

Percentage: 4949

Walk Score®

Percentage: 5959

Bike Score®

Charleston Education

Schools

Top Schools in Charleston

NRNo Rating

Mark Twain Elementary School

Grades PK-K • Public

3/10

Carl Sandburg Elementary School

Grades 1-3 • Public

6/10

Ashmore Elementary School

Grades K-4 • Public

4/10

Riddle Elementary School

Grades K-5 • Public

5/10

Cumberland Middle School

Grades 5-8 • Public

Information provided by GreatSchools. To verify school enrollment eligibility, contact the school district directly.

All About

Living in Charleston, IL

Charleston, a small city in Illinois, has a population of slightly less than 21,000. Young adults aged 15-24 should feel right at home, as they make up an above-average percentage of the community, while middle-aged professionals are less well-represented. Overall, the city's residents, with an average age of just under 34, are decidedly younger than most cities in Illinois. Residents are fairly evenly split between renting (51%) and owning (49%) their home, driven in part by a relatively affordable average rent that is $336/month lower than the state average. Over the course of a year, renters in Charleston will save around $4,000 compared to the state average.

Compared to the national average (7%), Charleston has a relatively high percentage of residents over the age of 25 with advanced degrees, as 9% possess a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Additionally, 9% have earned a Bachelor's degree. There are plenty of industries from which to choose in Charleston, the most common four of which are education, healthcare, retail, and entertainment. Together, these industries make up 30% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 5% of the city's population works in sales, which ranks as the top field in the city. With an average annual income of about $52K, Charleston workers bring in about $25,000 less than the average Illinois resident. Charleston's average income also trails the national average of $73,345.

Charleston's average commute time ranks as one of the best in Illinois at about 15 minutes, 8th-quickest in the state. Many residents (37%) commute to work by car, while public transit isn't extensively used. Relatively few commuters (6%) walk to work, though the number far exceeds the national average.