Carbondale is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 25,083 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Carbondale is the 84th largest community in Illinois.
Carbondale is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.44% 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 (20.63%), office and administrative support (12.56%), and sales jobs (10.02%).
Also of interest is that Carbondale has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
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.
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 15.09 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Carbondale is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.69% of adults in Carbondale have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Carbondale in 2018 was $19,224, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,896 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 45.82% 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 Chinese.