Charleston, Illinois is a progressive city of over 21,000 persons located in East Central Illinois. Rich in the history of Abraham Lincoln, the city features a balance of industrial, agricultural, educational and cultural opportunity.
Located on Highway 16, just 10 miles east of Interstate 57, Charleston is the county seat for Coles County and is the center of government and commerce for the predominantly rural and agricultural region surrounding Coles County. With nearly 183,000 people residing within a thirty-five mile radius of Charleston, a capable and willing workforce is readily available for business and industrial firms located here. Charleston is a city where the work ethic remains strong and the spirit of community support is high.
Highway 16 is the primary retail corridor in Charleston with a peak ADT of 25,000 vehicles per day. Our Industrial Area is located along Illinois Route 130 and Eastern Illinois Railroad on the north side of town. Charleston's motto is "The Friendly City."
The city of Charleston's website can be viewed here.
A New Resident Guide for Charleston, Illinois is available here.
A Community Profile and Resource Guide is also available from the Charleston Chamber of Commerce here.
HistorySettlement of this area began in 1826. Early settlers, attracted by the rich prairie soil, found crops such as broom corn to be particularly well-suited to early agricultural activity. Charleston was selected as the seat of Coles County government in 1831, and was organized as a village in 1835. Mining, railroads, and shoe manufacturing were early industries that formed the current foundation of Charleston's current economic activity. Charleston was also home to the fourth debate of Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln in 1858.
For more information on Charleston's history, as well as Eastern Illinois University, please visit the following links:
Beyond proximity to the campus, Charleston residents often find local historical sites of interest:
In and Around the Charleston CommunityThe following list is a non-comprehensive list of community organizations, stores, government agencies etc. for Charleston residents:
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