Carbondale is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 26,379 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Carbondale is the 84th largest community in Illinois.
Carbondale is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Carbondale is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carbondale who work in teaching (22.15%), office and administrative support (14.91%), and sales jobs (11.37%).
Because Carbondale has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Carbondale lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Carbondale is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Carbondale people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Carbondale spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.40 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The citizens of Carbondale are among the most well-educated in the nation: 48.28% 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 2010 was $15,177, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,708 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 49.33% 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Carbondale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.