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Overview

Introduction to Carbondale, Illinois

Carbondale, Illinois is 84 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri. It is in Jackson county.

Carbondale History

Carbondale was founded and named by Daniel Brush. It was established by Mr. Brush to develop coal-mining in the area. It was incorporated as a village during the Civil War. After the war, Carbondale developed rapidly as a center of transport and business. It also began developing as a center of education with the establishment of Carbondale College, which eventually became Southern Illinois College.

Carbondale and nearby Attractions

  • Cedar Lake
  • Crab Orchard Lake
  • Giant City State Park
  • Gen. John A. Logan Museum
  • Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center

Things To Do In Carbondale

The Cedar Lake at Carbondale is a popular spot where one can boat, swim, or fish. The beach is an ideal place for relaxation and other recreational activities. Carbondale Park District offers facilities for many activities. It is a regular venue for concerts and other recreational activities. The park district also has a highly rated 18-hole golf course.

Carbondale Transportation

Southern Illinois Airport provides air transport.

Carbondale Higher Education

Southern Illinois University is a reputed institution for higher education. One can also enroll at the John A. Logan College and South East Missouri State University.

People

Total Population 26,192
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 7.7%
Employed Population 16+ 10,472
Age of the Population 23

Families

% of people married 22.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $40,092
% Above Poverty Level 50.7%
% Below Poverty Level 49.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 15.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 43.4%
Median Gross Rent $686
Median House Value $111,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.1%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 10.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Carbondale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 84 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 62901, 62902, 62903
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.727
Longitude -89.227

Carbondale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CARBONDALE SEWAGE PLANT
Distance 3.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station DU QUOIN 4 SE
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Station DIXON SPRINGS AGR CENTER
Distance 36.9 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Carbondale, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Boskydell (62901)

Briarwood Trace (62901)

Brush Hill (62901)

Crab Orchard Estates (62901)

Lake Tacoma (62901)

Lakewood Park (62901)

Triple Lake Heights (62901)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bush 265 $43,750
Cambria 1,380 $42,917
Carterville 5,691 $62,566
De Soto 1,567 $42,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Carbondale Public Libraries

Library
Carbondale P.l.
405 WEST MAIN STREET
Carbondale, Illinois
(618) 457-0354

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Carbondale Hospitals

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF CARBONDALE
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
405 W JACKSON
(618) 549-0721
Emergency Service: Yes

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Carbondale High Schools

CARBONDALE COMM H S
1301 E WALNUT ST
618-457-3371
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,236 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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