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Real Estate Prices & Overview

Median real estate price in the City Center of Charleston is $145,330, which is less expensive than 77.4% of Illinois neighborhoods and 84.9% of all U.S. neighborhoods.

The average rental price in Charleston City Center is currently $1,211, based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis. Rents here are currently lower in price than 81.8% of Illinois neighborhoods.

Charleston City Center is a suburban neighborhood (based on population density) located in Charleston, Illinois.

Real estate in the City Center of Charleston, IL is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedroom) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) single-family homes and mobile homes. Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of the residences in the City Center neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built before 1940.

Charleston City Center has a 11.6% vacancy rate, which is well above average compared to other U.S. neighborhoods (higher than 66.5% of American neighborhoods). Most vacant housing here is vacant year round. This could either signal that there is a weak demand for real estate in the neighborhood or that large amount of new housing has been built and not yet occupied. Either way, if you live here, you may find many of the homes or apartments are empty.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Charleston, the City Center neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

People

Of particular note, 3.2% of the people in the City Center neighborhood currently reside in a correction facility, held due to punishment for a crime.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the City Center neighborhood in Charleston are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 82.9% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 35.3% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 85.2% of U.S. neighborhoods.

A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits your lifestyle and aspirations.

In the Charleston City Center neighborhood, 36.6% of the working population is employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 28.8% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (22.7%), and 11.9% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the Charleston City Center neighborhood is English, spoken by 97.9% of households. Some people also speak Italian (4.4%).

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.

In the City Center neighborhood in Charleston, IL, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (12.8%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (10.7%), and residents who report English roots (9.1%), and some of the residents are also of Italian ancestry (5.5%), along with some French ancestry residents (5.1%), among others.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in Charleston City Center neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (48.7% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.

Here most residents (84.0%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (8.8%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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