Coles County is located in east-central Illinois. The County Seat is Charleston and the largest city is Charleston. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.coles.il.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 53,320 and the 2010 census population was 53,873. The land area is 508.29 square miles and there are 106 persons per square mile.
93.2% of the population is White, 4% is Black or African American, 2.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 1% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.5% is two or more races. 90% have a high school degree or higher, and 24.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $90,200, there are 21,046 households, an average of 2.33 persons per household. The per capita income is $21,970, the median household income is $37,040, and 22% of the persons in Coles County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 3,872. Retail sales (in $1000) were $635,068, and sales per capita were $12,150. The percentage of black-owned firms is 2.6%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 25.6%.
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