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Charleston is a township in Coles County, in the Charleston-Mattoon metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Charleston. For links to other places called Charleston, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Charleston is 39.481N. The longitude is -88.187W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 686 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 22,901.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Charleston demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Coles County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 61912 ZIP code.
27% of Charleston residents report German ancestry, and 16% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Charleston ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Charleston was $15,383, compared with $21,587 nationally.
33% of Charleston residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Charleston, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $362. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $834.
Coles County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Charleston political report.
The average commute time for Charleston workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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