Carbondale 55 Poor
Carbondale Livability #1,225 ranked city in Illinois#26,194 ranked city in the USARanks better than 10% of areas
A+ Carbondale Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Carbondale Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% lower than Illinois
8713% less expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Carbondale cost of living
F Carbondale Crime Total crime is 100% higher than Illinois
Total crime
4,51681% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2381% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
34%Year over year crime is up
Carbondale crime
F Carbondale Employment Household income is 67% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$19,51565% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$16,43945% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%6% higher than the US average
Carbondale employment
F Carbondale Housing Home value is 32% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$119,20035% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$66030% lower than the US average
Home ownership
28%56% lower than the US average
Carbondale real estate or Carbondale rentals
F Carbondale Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
89%8% higher than the US average
School test scores
34%32% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:120% higher than the US average
Carbondale K-12 schools
D- Carbondale User Ratings There are a total of 8 ratings in Carbondale
Overall user rating
51% 8 total ratings
User reviews rating
20% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
61% 7 total surveys
all Carbondale poll results

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      Living in Carbondale, IL

      Located in the state of Illinois, Carbondale is a moderately-sized city with a population of 26,066 residents. Carbondale could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 24 years old is below the nation’s average. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Carbondale. With average one way commute time of only 14 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Carbondale could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Illinois if you know where to look. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Carbondale and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Carbondale to Illinois and the national average.

      Carbondale, IL receives 61/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #952 in Illinois and #22,948 in the USA. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Carbondale has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B). There are some categories that Carbondale scores poorly for, including: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Carbondale on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Carbondale is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Carbondale come in at $119,200, which is 31.8% lower than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Carbondale, the home price to income ratio is 6.1, which is 103.3% higher than the Illinois average.

      Carbondale transportation information

      Average one way commute14min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.3%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.1%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.1%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.4%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk12.1%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home3.8%4.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Carbondale, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).