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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A
Charleston is a town in Illinois with a population of 21,202. Charleston is in Coles County. Living in Charleston offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Charleston there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Charleston and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$91,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$648
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Charleston Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    176.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    19
    40.7
  • Robbery
    4.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    166.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    342.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    28.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    36%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Charleston

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$29,968
National
$55,322

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Charleston Reviews

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Charleston is a very beautiful town with eye-catching buildings. Many of them looking like castles and medieval structures. Apart from buildings, Charleston has its breathtaking lakes and ponds with their trails where you can have a peaceful connection with nature and others while enjoying such activities. Unfortunately, this town posses very few chain restaurants, malls, and recreational facilities. If you're looking for places like those you would have to travel to the other near towns by car.
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The overall community is super friendly! When the college students leave it is like a ghost town, which isn't always a bad thing. It is a fun place to be in the summertime, but the town could use another store that is not Walmart and some more restaurants that aren't pizza places.
Charleston is a family friendly place as there is never lots of traffic, there are lakes to visit and people here are generally friendly. The place however is not friendly regarding diversity, there is no convenient public transit and shops are limited to a Walmart. There are no conveniences such as Uber, grubhub etc., and the one time grocery delivery was set in place, it costed $8. The place is alive just because of EIU which is your classic small campus college. Friendly place altogether but definitely not a city you want to make home forever.