Charleston, Illinois Population 2021

21,918
map placeholder

Charleston is a city located in Coles County Illinois. Charleston has a 2020 population of 21,918. It is also the county seat of Coles County. Charleston is currently declining at a rate of -0.39% annually and its population has decreased by -8.37% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 23,920 in 2010. Charleston reached it's highest population of 23,920 in 2010.

The average household income in Charleston is $67,927 with a poverty rate of 26.52%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $722 per month, and the median house value is $111,300. The median age in Charleston is 27.6 years, 27.1 years for males, and 28.1 years for females.

Charleston Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Charleston was:

  • White: 87.65%
  • Black or African American: 7.39%
  • Asian: 2.40%
  • Two or more races: 1.94%
  • Native American: 0.36%
  • Other race: 0.20%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Charleston, Illinois is 21,918 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 22,176.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 23,920.

Charleston, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White19,63587.65%
Black or African American1,6557.39%
Asian5382.40%
Two or More Races4341.94%
American Indian and Alaska Native810.36%
Some Other Race450.20%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander140.06%
Loading...

Charleston Population by Race

Charleston Population Pyramid $2021

Loading...

Charleston Median Age

27.6


Total

27.1


Male

28.1


Female

Charleston Adults

There are 19,151 adults, (2,601 of whom are seniors) in Charleston.

Charleston Age Dependency

35.4

Age Dependency Ratio

15.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

19.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Charleston Sex Ratio

Female

11,677

52.12%

Male

10,725

47.88%

Charleston Population by Age

Charleston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Loading...

Charleston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married84.3%15.7%
Male79.7%20.3%
All52.2%47.8%
Female34.2%65.8%
Non Family32%68%

52.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Charleston Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,5282.2352.2
Non Family4,1721.532
Married2,9832.8484.3
Female1,0873.2634.2
Male2862.7479.7

2.8

Average Family Size

2.23

Average Household Size

Loading...

Charleston Households by Type

Loading...
Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3012.42%
9th to 12th Grade6204.99%
High School Graduate2,98524.04%
Some College2,77522.35%
Associates Degree1,33010.71%
Bachelors Degree2,45719.79%
Graduate Degree1,94915.70%
Loading...

Charleston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

Loading...
Race Total High School Bachelors
White11,35010,5473,973
Black38831076
Asian284284216
Hispanic20616643
2+ Races14914480
Native American474726
Other Race30309
Islander1414

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 76.06%.

Charleston Educational Attainment by Race

Loading...
Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,936$42,379$30,207
Less Than 9th Grade$18,504$25,217$11,441
High School Graduate$25,501$32,418$18,133
Some College$30,403$33,824$29,458
Bachelors Degree$42,061$51,004$34,803
Graduate Degree$59,107$71,731$52,808

$33,936

Average Earnings

$42,379

Average Male

$30,207

Average Female

Charleston Earnings by Educational Attainment

Charleston Language by Age

Loading...

Charleston Language

94.69% of Charleston residents speak only English, while 5.31% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.62% of the population.

Charleston Language

Charleston Poverty by Race

Loading...
Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White17,0174,17824.55%
Black98247147.96%
Asian48422746.90%
Hispanic54216530.44%
Multiple3589827.37%
Other30930.00%

26.52%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.43%

Male Poverty Rate

27.57%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Charleston

The race most likely to be in poverty in Charleston is Black, with 47.96% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Charleston is White, with 24.55% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.84%. Among those working part-time, it was 49.78%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.22%.

Charleston Poverty

Loading...
Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade47.13%
High School22.17%
Some College14.47%
Bachelors or Greater9.37%

Charleston Poverty Rate by Education

Loading...
Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed53.53%
Female Employed25.02%
Male Employed20.49%
Male Unemployed18.45%

Charleston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Charleston Income by Household Type

Loading...
Name Median Mean
Households$44,223$67,927
Families$60,024$89,509
Married Families$88,990-
Non Families$25,960$43,035
Loading...

Income by Household Type

Charleston Marital Status

Loading...

Marriage Rates

32.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.7%

Male Marriage Rate

30.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Charleston Married by Age and Sex

Loading...

Charleston Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Charleston Marital Status by Race

Loading...

Charleston Marital Status

Loading...

1,047

Number of Veterans

993

Male Veterans

54

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War260
Vietnam237
First Gulf War236
Korea57
World War II29

Charleston Veterans by War

Loading...
Age Group Veterans
35 to 54343
75+214
55 to 64168
65 to 74163
18 to 34159

Charleston Veterans by Age

Loading...
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,0085.94%
Native American1929.69%
2+ Races134.78%
Asian71.59%

Charleston Veterans by Race

Charleston Veterans by Education

Loading...

7.77%

Veteran Poverty Rate

17.99%

Veteran Disability Rate

Charleston Veterans by Education

Loading...

61.8%

Labor Force Participation

58.5%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Charleston Employment by Age

Loading...

Charleston Employment by Race

Loading...

Charleston Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Loading...

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Loading...

77.77%

Born in Charleston

96.58%

Native Born

3.42%

Foreign Born

2.59%

Non Citizen

0.83%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.58% of Charleston residents were born in the United States, with 77.77% having been born in Illinois. 2.59% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Charleston Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202121,918-86-0.39%
202022,004-86-0.39%
201922,090-86-0.39%
201822,176-211-0.94%
201722,387-174-0.77%
201622,561-265-1.16%
201522,826-269-1.16%
201423,095-323-1.38%
201323,418-263-1.11%
201223,681-210-0.88%
201123,891-29-0.12%
201023,9200.00%

Charleston Population by Year