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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  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 20,632. 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
$100,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$705
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%
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Charleston Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    86.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    38.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    14.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    115
    500.1
  • Theft
    172.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    4.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    34%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Charleston

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,853
National
$55,322

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Charleston Reviews

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I am an international student from Africa who has been in Charleston for 5 years now, schooling at Eastern Illinois University.
As a foreigner, making the transition to Charleston 5 years ago was tough. However, the community has made my stay here a very welcoming one which has, in turn, made me very attached to Charleston. I have had no safety issues or any other general issues that have to be dealt with in cities and towns. Charleston is a peaceful community that has become my home away from home. It is a small town but a lovely place to be. My favorite part of it is getting to see the famous Old Main castle of EIU every day. If you love outdoors, there is a trail near the Lake Charleston where you can hike, go fishing in the lake, have a picnic with family and friends, or simply have a relaxing time watching the water flow as the fishes occasionally hop out.
Charleston is my little home and I hope you have the chance to experience the love in this home someday.
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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.
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.