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Carbondale, IL
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Carbondale profile


Living in Carbondale



Carbondale is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 21,717 people and nine associated neighborhoods, Carbondale is the 110th largest community in Illinois.

A relatively large number of people in Carbondale telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.40% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Carbondale is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Carbondale culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Carbondale really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Carbondale every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Carbondale. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Carbondale benefits directly from this.

Carbondale, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

One of the benefits of Carbondale is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.49 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The citizens of Carbondale are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.40% of adults in Carbondale have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Carbondale in 2022 was $24,038, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,152 for a family of four. However, Carbondale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Carbondale also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.86% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Carbondale is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Carbondale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carbondale residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Carbondale include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Carbondale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.