Carbondale, Illinois

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Carbondale, Illinois

Introduction to Carbondale, Illinois

Carbondale, Illinois is 84 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri. It is in Jackson county. The population of the city is 20,681.

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.

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High Points

Carbondale strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Carbondale Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Carbondale Short Commute Times
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Carbondale Racial Diversity
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Carbondale College Educated Adults
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Carbondale Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Carbondale, Illinois

Comparing Carbondale to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 10 10
Senior Citizens 2 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 1
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 1 1
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 2 1
People Above Poverty 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 10
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Working at Home 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 9 8
Housing Recently Built 7 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 5

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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Carbondale Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,681 100%
Male 10,651 51.5%
Female 10,030 48.5%
Under 18 3,264 15.8%
18+ 17,417 84.2%
65+ 1,923 9.3%
Median Age 24.7
Average Family Size 2.78
White 13,665 66.1%
African-American 4,785 23.1%
Asian 1,379 6.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 45 0.2%
Other 294 1.4%
Mixed Race 497 2.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 630 3%

Estimated Carbondale Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 24,806
Growth 4,125
Growth % 19.9%

Carbondale Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 37%
German 15.7%
Irish 8.7%
English 7%
US/American 5.6%
Italian 3.4%
Polish 2.9%
European 1.7%
Scottish 1.5%
Swedish 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
African 1.1%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Norwegian 1%
Dutch 0.8%
Welsh 0.7%
Russian 0.6%
Nigerian 0.6%
British 0.5%
Other Arab 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Arab/Arabic 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Northern European 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Jordanian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Bulgarian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Other Subsaharan African 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Carbondale 20,681 $34,601
Bush 257 $28,333
Cambria 1,330 $34,688
Carterville 4,616 $44,722
De Soto 1,653 $34,929
Makanda 419 $51,250
Murphysboro 13,295 $34,987

Carbondale Public Libraries

Carbondale P.l.
Carbondale, Illinois
(618) 457-0354

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Carbondale Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(618) 549-0721
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Carbondale

(As of 2005)
SIU/Carbondale - Student Ctr
608 N Walnut St

Wal-mart in Carbondale

(As of 2006)
1450 East Main
(618) 457-2033
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Carbondale High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,236 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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