Charleston is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 20,996 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Charleston is the 116th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities, Charleston isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Charleston are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Charleston is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charleston who work in office and administrative support (14.47%), sales jobs (11.17%), and teaching (11.03%).
Charleston is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Charleston have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Charleston’s economy is one such example of this.
Charleston, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.47 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of Charleston are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 34.97% of adults in Charleston have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Charleston in 2010 was $22,627, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $90,508 for a family of four. However, Charleston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Charleston also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.47% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Charleston is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Charleston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charleston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Charleston include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Charleston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.