A town located in Illinois, Carbondale has a population of just under 26,000. Young adults aged 15-24 will fit right in, as they make up an above-average 40% of the population, while middle-aged professionals are less well-represented. Overall, the city's residents, with an average age of just under 31, skew decidedly younger than most cities in Illinois, ranking as the fourth-youngest municipality in the state. Homeowners tend to be in the minority in the area, and 69% of residents are renters. The trend is driven in part by a relatively reasonable average rent of $714 a month, which is $338 less than the state average.
If you're looking for a number of career options, Carbondale has you covered. The four most common industries are education, entertainment, healthcare, and retail. Combined, these industries make up 33% of the city's labor force. With an average annual income of just over $41K, Carbondale workers earn less than the average Illinois resident. Carbondale's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345). Carbondale has a large number of residents over the age of 25 with advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 12% have earned a Master's or a Doctorate. Further, 9% have earned a Bachelor's degree.
Carbondale residents have an average commute of about 16 minutes, quicker than the Illinois average of about 32 minutes. Many residents (34%) drive themselves to work, while public transit isn't extensively used. Relatively few commuters (5%) walk to work, though the number is significantly greater than the national average.