Charleston, IL

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Population

21,202

0.259% decline

Poverty Rate

33.5%


Median Age

25.2


Median Household Income

$29,968

11% growth

Number of Employees

9,948

2.24% decline

Median Property Value

$91,400

4.09% decline

About

In 2017, Charleston, IL had a population of 21.2k people with a median age of 25.2 and a median household income of $29,968. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Charleston, IL declined from 21,257 to 21,202, a -0.259% decrease and its median household income grew from $27,004 to $29,968, a 11% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Charleston, IL are White (Non-Hispanic) (83.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.59%), White (Hispanic) (2.84%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.75%), and Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.97%). N/A% of the people in Charleston, IL speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Charleston, IL are Eastern Illinois University (2,569 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Charleston, IL is $91,400, and the homeownership rate is 47.2%. Most people in Charleston, IL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 12.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Charleston, IL is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Illinois, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Charleston, IL employs 9.95k people. The largest industries in Charleston, IL are Educational Services (2,381 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,772 people), and Retail Trade (1,112 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($47,333), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($47,000), and Wholesale Trade ($43,393).

Median household income in Charleston, IL is $29,968. Males in Charleston, IL have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,403. The income inequality in Charleston, IL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.483, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$29,968

2017 value

± $4,108

11%

1 Year Growth

± 14.9%

Households in Charleston, IL have a median annual income of $29,968, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $27,004 in 2016, which represents a 11% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$71,579

Average Male Salary

± $1,160

$52,403

Average Female Salary

± $852

In 2017, full-time male employees in Illinois made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Illinois by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $65,613 ± $3,132

  2. White

    $56,297 ± $776

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $46,947 ± $14,340

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Illinois workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.17 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Illinois by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Charleston, IL is from Illinois.

0.483

2017 Wage GINI

0.481

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Illinois was 0.483 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.351% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Illinois was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Illinois in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Illinois across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9

  2. Census Tract 6

  3. Census Tract 1

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Charleston, IL was Census Tract 9 with a value of $70,658, followed by Census Tract 6 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $65,423 and $48,413.

The following map shows all of the places in Charleston, IL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

33.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Charleston, IL (6k out of 17.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,924 ± 617

  2. Black

    648 ± 193

  3. Asian

    258 ± 157

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Charleston, IL is White, followed by Black and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

9.95k

2017 Value

± 769

-2.24%

1 Year decline

± 11.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Charleston, IL declined at a rate of -2.24%, from 10.2k employees to 9.95k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Charleston, IL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,439 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,111 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,097 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Charleston, IL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Charleston, IL, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,439 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,111 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,097 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Charleston, IL has an unusually high number of residents working as Personal Care & Service Occupations (2.1 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.97 times), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.82 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Charleston, IL, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($82,679), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($52,000), and Management Occupations ($51,719).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.95k

2017 Value

± 769

-2.24%

1 Year decline

± 11.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Charleston, IL declined at a rate of -2.24%, from 10.2k employees to 9.95k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Charleston, IL, are Educational Services (2,381 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,772 people), and Retail Trade (1,112 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Charleston, IL, though some of these residents may live in Charleston, IL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Charleston, IL, by number of employees, are Educational Services (2,381 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,772 people), and Retail Trade (1,112 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Charleston, IL has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.58 times higher than expected), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.35 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Charleston, IL, by median earnings, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($47,333), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($47,000), and Wholesale Trade ($43,393).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Illinois to other states, or from other states to Illinois.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $82.9B

  2. $78.3B

  3. $75B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $82.9B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($78.3B) and Gasoline ($75B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Illinois products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$952B

2020 Value

$1.31T

Projected 2045 Value

37.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Illinois trade was $952B. This is expected to increase 37.7% to $1.31T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Illinois trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Illinois to other states, or from other states to Illinois.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $69.2B

  2. $54.7B

  3. $36.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Indiana with $69.2B, followed by Wisconsin with $54.7B and Michigan and $36.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Illinois shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

90.3% of the population of Charleston, IL has health coverage, with 50.7% on employee plans, 20.1% on Medicaid, 7.09% on Medicare, 11.8% on non-group plans, and 0.64% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Charleston, IL was $8,262 in 2014. This is a 4.44% increase from the previous year ($7,911).

Primary care physicians in Charleston, IL see 1313 patients per year on average, which represents a 16.3% decrease from the previous year (1568 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2094 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 545 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Stephenson County and St. Clair County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.7%). Additionally, Stephenson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,313 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Coles County, IL see an average of 1,313 patients per year. This represents a 16.3% decrease from the previous year (1,568 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Coles County, IL in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,262

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,875

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$4,959

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,116

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Illinois (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.44%, from $7,911 to $8,262.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.71%

Uninsured

50.7%

Employer Coverage

20.1%

Medicaid

7.09%

Medicare

11.8%

Non-Group

0.64%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Charleston, IL declined by 7.9% from 10.5% to 9.71%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Charleston, IL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.7% prevalence

  2. 12.7% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Stephenson County and St. Clair County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Illinois, at 12.7%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Illinois by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Charleston, IL is home to a population of 21.2k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.41% of Charleston, IL residents were born outside of the country (935 people).

In 2017, there were 11 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.7k people) in Charleston, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.61k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 602 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

25

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.9

29

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Charleston, IL was 25.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 25, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 29. But people in Charleston, IL are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Charleston, IL residents was 25.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.41%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

935 people

4.01%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

852 people

As of 2017, 4.41% of Charleston, IL residents (935 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Charleston, IL was 4.01%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    669,904 ± 19,564 people

  2. India

    147,732 ± 9,382 people

  3. Poland

    136,910 ± 9,036 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Illinois was Mexico, the natal country of 669,904 Illinois residents, followed by India with 147,732 and Poland with 136,910.

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Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.7% of Charleston, IL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Charleston, IL was 97.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Charleston, IL

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    17.7k ± 403

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    1.61k ± 174

  3. White (Hispanic)

    602 ± 161

In 2017, there were 11 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (17.7k people) in Charleston, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.61k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 602 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Charleston, IL as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    333 ± 141

  2. Vietnam

    326 ± 116

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    116 ± 82

Charleston, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Charleston, IL awarded 2,569 degrees. The student population of Charleston, IL is skewed towards women, with 2,783 male students and 4,247 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Charleston, IL are White (1,755 and 78.2%), followed by Black or African American (277 and 12.3%), Hispanic or Latino (102 and 4.55%), and Two or More Races (52 and 2.32%).

The largest universities in Charleston, IL by number of degrees awarded are Eastern Illinois University (2,569 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Charleston, IL are Industrial Technology (211 and 8.21%), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (198 and 7.71%), and General Communication (155 and 6.03%).

The median tuition costs in Charleston, IL are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $8,617 and $12,126 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 153 degrees awarded

  2. 145 degrees awarded

  3. 144 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Charleston, IL was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 153 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Charleston, IL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

2,569 degrees awarded

$8,617

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Charleston, IL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Eastern Illinois University with 2,569 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,049

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,520

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,049 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Charleston, IL, which is 0.69 times less than the 1,520 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Charleston, IL by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,755 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    277 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    102 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Charleston, IL were to White students. These 1,755 degrees mean that there were 6.34 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 277 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Charleston, IL was $91,400 in 2017, which is 0.398 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $95,300 to $91,400, a 4.09% decrease. The homeownership rate in Charleston, IL is 47.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Charleston, IL have an average commute time of 12.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Charleston, IL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$91,400

2017 Median

± $8,404

$95,300

2016 Median

± $9,692

In 2017, the median property value in Charleston, IL declined from to $91,400 from the previous year's value of $95,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Charleston, IL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Charleston, IL the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$29,968

Median Household Income

± $4,108

7.94k

Number of Households

± 670

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.94k households in Charleston, IL grew to $29,968 from the previous year's value of $27,004.

The following chart displays the households in Charleston, IL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Charleston, IL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Charleston, IL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

47.2%

2017 Homeownership

45%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 47.2% of the housing units in Charleston, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 45%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Charleston, IL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

12.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Charleston, IL have a shorter commute time (12.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.969% of the workforce in Charleston, IL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    68.4%

  2. Walked

    12.2%

  3. Carpooled

    10.7%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Charleston, IL was Drove Alone (68.4%), followed by those who Walked (12.2%) and those who Carpooled (10.7%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Charleston, IL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Charleston, IL have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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