Carbondale Business Profile and Site Locations

The City Profile section gives lots of statistical data and information about the City. This data is very useful to the new or prospective business or resident.

The City of Carbondale operates under a Council-Manager form of Government. The Mayor and six City Council members are elected at-large for four-year staggered terms. The City Council acts as the policy making body for City Government and hires a City Manager to serve as the Chief Administrative Officer. The Mayor is the official head of the City and with City Council consent, is responsible for appointing members to the various boards, commissions, and committees of the City.

The City employs approximately 265 full-time employees. Services provided by the City include police and fire protection, development services, public works, and a public library. The City also operates, on an enterprise basis, water and sanitary sewer operations, parking system maintenance and operations, solid waste collection and recycling operations, and City-owned rental properties maintenance and operations.

Regular City Council meetings are held on designated Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 p.m., at City Hall/Civic Center, 200 South Illinois Ave. Check the City Council meetings calendar for the appropriated day. All meetings are open to the public. Every agenda includes the item "Citizen Questions and Comments" to permit discussion of any topic by any citizen.


Year City County State
1970 22,816    55,008 11,110,285
1980 26,414    61,522 11,428,518
1990 27,033    61,067 11,430,602
2000 20,681    59,612 12,419,293
2010 25,902    60,218 12,830,632
2015 26,399 59,362 12,859,995


Highway Mileage

Carbondale to: Atlanta-447 Chicago-331 Cincinnati-332 Dallas-648
Detroit-551 Denver-972 Indianapolis-264 Kansas City-356
Los Angeles-1,919 Memphis-213 Milwaukee-423 Minneapolis-662
Nashville-200 New Orleans-608 New York-1,007 Orlando-884
  Seattle-2,200 Savannah-694 St. Louis-103 Washington DC-820

Public Facilities In the City or Within 10 Miles

Recreational Facilities Commercial Facilities
8 Public Golf Courses (within 15 miles) 8 Banking Facilities
3 Public Tennis Courts 5 Local Radio Stations
2 Country Clubs 225 Cable TV Channels
7 Public Parks 900 Seating Cap. Banquet Room
2 Public Swimming Pool 9 Hotel/Motels
2 Taxi Companies  
2 Movie Theatres  
Public Access to Lakes:
Swimming, water skiing, fishing, motor boating
1 Local Daily Newspaper
1 Weekly Newspaper
1 Daily University Newspaper


Carbondale Public Library
405 W. Main St.

Morris LIbrary
Southern Illinois University Campus


“The Carbondale Park District maintains 7 beautiful parks located throughout the City of Carbondale. All park shelters, park pavilions, softball/baseball diamonds, soccer/football fields, Hickory Lodge Grounds, the gazebo, the LIFE Community Center indoor pool, and the LIFE Community Center meeting rooms may be used and reserved by community members. Additional meeting and banquet facilities are available at the Hickory Ridge Golf Center Clubhouse.’

Visit Carbondale Park District for more information.


“Carbondale Tourism is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing tourism in Carbondale, IL. As the city's designated convention and visitor’s bureau, we're considered the experts on making the most out of a Carbondale vacation. Contact us to day to arrange for your next visit!”

Visit the Carbondale Tourism Webpage for more information.

Educational Facilities

Facility Number Teachers Enroll. Grades
Carbondale Elementary/Middle School District #95 4 105 1,373 K-8
Desoto Grade School 1 15 194 K-8
Giant City Grade School 1 15 237 K-8
Unity Point School 1 55 700 K-8
Carbondale High School District #165 1 74 1050 9-12
Brehm Prepatory School 1 49 82 Ages 11-22
Trinity Paraochial School 1 N/A 126 K-12
Carbondale New School (private) 1 9 44 K-8
John A. Logan College 1 118 3,726 2 yr./Continuing Education
Southern Illinois University* 1 1,354 17,292 BA/MA/PHD

SICCM (Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market

1 14 102 2 Yr/Licensed Certificate

*Southern Illinois University, a comprehensive teaching and research institution with approximately 61 graduate programs and professional schools of Law, Medicine, and Engineering. The University is the area's largest employer.


Major Employers:

Southern Illinois University 6,197
Memorial Hospital of Carbondale 1,254
SIH System Offices 621
Neuro Restorative 417
SIH Medical Group 335


Retail Shopping

University Mall, an enclosed shopping center (677,000 square feet) with anchors: J.C. Penny, Macy's, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ulta, Old Navy, JC Penny, and AMC Theaters (an 8 Screen Complex).

Murdale Shopping Center (87,600 square feet) with anchors: Neighborhood Food Co-op(12,000 sq. ft.)  and Tru-Value (28,000 sq. ft.) with 28 additional speciality shops.

University Place, an open-air center (250,000 square feet) with anchors: Dick's Sporting Goods, Best Buy, Petco, AMC Theatre (an 8 Screen Complex), TJ Maxx, Party City, and various other shops

Eastgate Shopping Center with anchors: Ashley Furniture

Downtown Business District

East Grand Avenue Shopping Center

West Park Plaza, an open-air center (55,322 sqare feet) with anchors: Golds Gym, CVS Pharmacy, and Sherwin Williams Paint

Campus Shopping Center


Health Care

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale / SIH (Southern Illinois Healthcare)

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale is the flagship hospital for SIH and regional referral center for the 16 county southern Illinois region. Memorial paves the way to bring big city medicine home. Physicians in nearly 40 different specialties practice here, bringing expertise and new procedures, but successfully tailoring them to the particular needs of a rural setting. The success has earned them HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for several consecutive years.

  • 140-bed tertiary care hospital
  • Southern Illinois’ largest and most spacious birthing center with Level II Plus Special Care Nursery
  • Only dedicated pediatric unit in the region
  • The core hospital for SIH’s comprehensive, regional heart program, Prairie Heart Institute.
  • High level surgical capabilities including daVinci technology
  • Affiliated with SIU School of Medicine through its Family Practice Residency Program
  • Neuroscience program including neurosurgery and the region’s only Primary Stroke Center
  • Accredited by the Commission on Cancer for comprehensive cancer treatment


Average low temperature 44.9 degrees
Average high temperature 67.5 degrees
Average temperature 56.2 degrees
Average annual precipitation 47.21 "
Average annual snowfall -  11"


  • Selected as "Best Small City in Illinois"
  • Past 2inner "Governor's Hometown Award" 
  • Winner "GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award" since 1986
  • Selected as "Tree City USA" since 1981
  • Named as All-America City finalist
  • Past City Livability Award
  • Municipal Excellence Award finalist
  • Sunshine Transparency in Government award
  • Ameren Progressive City award
  • League of American Bicyclists award Civic Center/City Hall Bronze level for Bicycle Friendly Business
  • League of Americna Bicyclists award Carbondale Bronze level for Bicycle Friendly Community
  • Ranked #4 "40 Best Commuter Cities in Illinois"

Community Programs

Active Civic/Industrial Improvement Programs
Carbondale Chamber of Commerce 618-549-2146
Keep Carbondale Beautiful 618-529-4148
Carbondale Main Street 618-529-8040
Carbondale Community Arts 618-457-5100
Varsity Center for the Arts 618-319-3910

 Carbondale is an enterprise zone community

Industrial Sites

Site Name S.I. Airport Business Park East
Total Acreage Available 71 87
Location of Site Adjacent to Airport Reed Station Road
Asking Price Per Acre Negotiable Negotiable
Name of Landowner S.I. Airport Authority CDBC/City of Carbondale
Option-Local I.D. Group None None
Name of Rail Serving Site None None
Highway U.S. 51/IL Route 13 IL Route 13
Electricity Egyptian Electric AmerenIllinois
Water Murdale Water District City
Gas AmerenIllinois AmerenIllinois
Sewer City City
Zoning Classification None Light Industrial
Fire Insurance Class 7 4
Enterprise Zone Yes Yes
Largest piece of contiguous land available for industrial development: 90 acres
Service currently available at property: electricity, water, gas, sewer, rail



Egyptian Electric 618-684-2143
AmerenIllinois 888-789-2477


Yearly Gallons Pumped 1,411,000,000

Water Supply & Treatment:
     City-owned Cedar Lake 1,800 acres
     Treated water storage capacity 6.5 million gal/day
     Water Plant Clear Wells (2) 1,000,000,000 gal./ea.
     Helen Street Water Tower 250,000 gal.
     Chautauqua Street Water Tower 750,000 gal.
     Bicenntenial Ground Storage Tank 500,000
     Park St. Ground Storage Tank 3,000,000 gal.

Water Treatment Plant:
     Storage capacity 6.5 million gal
     Design capacity of plant 8 million gal/day
     Average consumption 3.789 million gal/day
     Peak consumption 5.936 million gal/day

Natural Gas

Distributor AmerenIllinois
Pipeline source Texas Eastern


Wastewater Treatment Plants:

     Number of plants (2) - SEWWTP - (Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant)
                                         NWWWTP - (Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant)
     Design capacity SE = 6.5 (Mill.)     NW = 2.64 (Mill.)
     Maximum capacity SE = 12  (Mill.)     NW = 6.6 (Mill.)
     Excess capacity SE = 22  (Mill.)     NW = 15  (Mill.)


Frontier Residential Customers 877-462-3152
Business Customers 877-462-3152

Mobile Wireless

Verizon: 618-549-5490
ATT&T: 618-457-7720


Carbondale offers gigabit speed bandwidth to businesses and residential customers.
Clearwave: 877-552-9283
Frontier: 877-462-3152
Mediacom: 800-479-2082


Rail Service

Canadian National Railroad - Chicago to New Orleans - 16 daily trains with 3 daily Amtrak trains
Carbondale has a traincar maintenance facility and the distance to the nearest piggyback service is 10 miles

Motor Carrier

Greyhound Bus Lines - 214 N. Washington Street -  618-549-3495
West Bus Service (Charters) - 700 New Era Road - 618-549-3913
Jackson County Mass Transit - 602 E. College Street - 618-549-0304
Saluki Express Mass Transit - 1255 Lincoln Drive (Southern Illinois University) - 618-536-3351  
Bus to Chicago: 618-521-5207
Distance to nearest interstate interchange: 12 miles
Number of local terminals: 2
Number of carriers: 6
(Includes intra and interstate carriers)

Air Service

Southern Illinois Airport 
Located 2 miles from Carbondale
Type of runway: hard surface
Length of runway: 6,500 feet
Unicom radio: 122.95
Instrument landing system, VOR, Non-directional beacon

Williamson County Airport
Located 10 miles east of Carbondale at Hwy 13 & Hwy 148 Marion, IL
Terminal Building: 618-993-3353


 Selected Demographic Information

Population Trend        1990        2000        2010
City of Carbondale       27,033       20,681       25,902
Jackson County       61,037       59,627       60,218
State of Illinois 11,430,602 12,419,339 12,830,632
Median Home Value        1990        2000        2010
City of Carbondale      $54,400      $70,100        $91,035
Jackson County      $47,100      $63,400        $96,100
State of Illinois      $80,300    $127,800      $202,500
Household (Owner-Occupied) Income        1990        2000        2010
City of Carbondale          8,590        11,150         $15,882
Jackson County        27,509        31,010         $32,169
State of Illinois        39,737        46,715         $55,735

 Sources: U.S. Census Bureau


Average Annual Unemployment Rates

Year State of Illinois Jackson County City of Carbondale
2002 6.5% 5.0%


2003 6.7% 5.4% 4.5%
2004 6.2% 5.2% 4.3%
2005 5.8% 4.8% 3.8%
2006 4.6% 4.2% 3.3%
2007 5.1% 4.9% 3.9%
2008 6.4% 5.8% 4.9%
2009 10.0% 7.2% 6.7%
2010 10.5% 8.0% 7.9%
2011 9.8% 7.7% 7.7%
2012 8.6% 7.4% 7.3%
2013 9.2% 7.9% 7.9%
2014 6.1% 6.4% 6.9%
2015 5.9% 5.6% 6.3%
2016 5.7% 4.9% 5.7%

 Source: Illinois Department of Employment

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