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Carbondale, IL

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Originally settled in 1852, the city of Carbondale sits at the edge of the Shawnee National Forest's northern end. You will find plenty of beautiful outdoor scenery here, with lots of possible activities to engage in. Carbondale is a regional center, providing shopping and employment for many people living in the areas just outside the city. The nearby Carbondale University draws people from all over Illinois, and is affiliated with PBS television, making this city even more of a draw.

Carbondale Apartments


$525 Two bedroom in Carbondale-2350 South Illinois Avenu
Beds: 2
Baths: 1


University Apartments
Beds: Studio-1
Baths: 1


Forest Park Apartments
Beds: Studio
Baths: 1


Windridge Properties
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2


115 East Illinois, Carterville
Beds: Studio
Baths: 2.5


1604 S. 13th St., Herrin
Beds: 2
Baths: 2

Key City Stats

The average age of Carbondale, IL is
18 to 19
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 11.09%
  • 4.79%
  • 4.48%
  • Female
  • 10.06%
  • 3.36%
  • 3.77%
is average rent in Carbondale, IL
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 5.21%
  • 8.36%
  • 6.56%
of units are available for rent in Carbondale
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 1185
  • 499
  • 657
Getting Around in Carbondale, IL

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The average commuter time in Carbondale is:
10 to 14 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 2.38%
  • 5.3%
  • 0.16%

Festivals Galore

Carbondale plays host to a number of fun festivals each year to bring residents out to play. The Lights Fantastic festival, held in December, lights up most of the downtown core with Christmas spirit. The Big Muddy Film Festival takes place each year in February or March, bringing together local and international films. Diwali, an Indian festival, also plays a big role in the local culture and is celebrated each year in December. You can even enjoy free outdoor concerts each summer during the Sunset Concerts that take place on local campuses and in parks.

Enjoy the Food

Carbondale plays home to a variety of dining options to whet your whistle. Quatro's Original Deep Pan Pizza Restaurant makes excellent Chicago-style and serves up other gourmet food with an Italian twist. If it is a bit of soul food you are after, try out MO Wallace BBQ, which serves up a large variety of Southern-style comfort food and is the most highly-rated restaurant in the area. Traditional gourmet American food can be found in a great environment with plenty of ambiance at Global Gourmet, which also offers an extensive wine selection if you want a glass or two to pair with your meal.

Getting Active Outdoo

You will find endless choices for outdoor activities in Carbondale. Wandering throughout the small forest and walking trails on the Southern Illinois University campus is a great way to relax and slow things down. Camping, hiking, and simple walking comes easy in the nearby Shawnee forest. Cedar Lake reservoir allows for non-motorized boating, and is a welcome haven for canoers and kayakers. One of the most unique outdoor areas in Illinois, the Cache River Swamp, sits just north of the city and is the only Cypress swamp this far north in the United States.