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Welcome to Carbondale, Illinois! A city of more than 26,305 residents, Carbondale is home to a thriving business community strongly boosted by Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, recognized nationally for outstanding education, research, and athletics. Located in the heart of beautiful Southern Illinois, Carbondale and the surrounding region offer scenic lakes, a national forest, and abundant recreational opportunities, including two stops along the Southern Illinois Golf Trail. Carbondale is also the front door of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, the home of fabulous restaurants serving international cuisine, the retail center for multiple counties, and the region's cultural center, with many stages filled with music, dance, and live theater.

Carbondale is a bustling community of unusual shops, diverse commerce, cultural activities, and many other luxuries that would be expected in a large city — yet it maintains the comforts and charm of a small town. Although the title is unofficial, many residents consider Carbondale to be the “Capital of Southern Illinois.”

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Movoto's Real Estate Most Exciting places to live in Illinois:

When most people think of Illinois, apart from Chicago the word “excitement” isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind. Of course, that doesn’t mean Illinois isn’t a fine state—there are plenty of wonderful places there, but exciting? As it turns out, yes, really. On our latest mission to uncover the most exciting places in the country, we headed to Illinois and found the 10 most exciting places in the state.

1. City of Evanston
2. City of Woodstock
3. City of Rock Island
4. City of Chicago
5. City of St. Charles
6. City of Carbondale
7. City of Champaign
8. City of Edwardsville
9. City of Bloomington
10. Village of Downers Grove

As stated by Motovo...... Carbondale is a picturesque little city on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest. It’s beautiful, it’s progressive, oh, and over 60 percent of the population are from the ages of 18 to 34. That’s because Carbondale is the home of Southern Illinois University’s main campus, and you know what they say about college towns, don’t you? We don’t either, but according to our analysis, it certainly seems to mean one heck of a nightlife. In fact, Carbondale came in second overall, for its number of nightlife venues, activities, clubs, etc. per capita. There’s the Pinch Penny Pub, PK’s, The Blue Martin, the Cellar, and many, many more. Carbondale also ranked pretty well for restaurants like Newell House and Thai Taste as well.

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  • The Carbondale area is referred to as “Little Egypt.” Theories about the nickname's origins range from the region’s supplying grain to northern and central Illinois during an 1800's famine, to comparing Illinois' southern tip to Egypt’s Nile delta region. SIUC's nickname, the Salukis, references this association, as the saluki was the royal dog of Egypt. 
  • Carbondale is home to various ethnic groups and cultures, and approximately 10 percent of the population is foreign-born.
  • Since 1903, the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra (SISO), composed of faculty and students of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, talented community members and area professionals, has brought outstanding music to Southern Illinois.
  • Carbondale has excellent Amtrak service with three trains daily to and from Chicago with one train daily to and from Memphis and New Orleans.
  • Winner, "Governor's Hometown Award" 1991,1992,1993,1997,2002,2005,2009
  • "All American City Award", Finalist 2009
  • Honorable Mention, "City Livability Award", 2009
  • Named by Outdoor Life Magazine as one of the top 200 towns for Sportsmen in 2009 for the facilities at Cedar Lake
  • Selected as "101 Best Outdoor Towns", 2007
  • Illinois and National Main Street Community
  • Certified Local Government for Historic Preservation
  • Accredited Police Department
  • Dedicated to protecting property and savings lives as a nationally accredited "StormReady" Community
  • Rated "Best Small City in Illinois," 1990, 1997
  • City Government Budget and Financial Reporting Awards annually since 1986
  • Selected as "Tree City USA", since 1981
  • Awarded the "Sunny Award" three years running (2010, 2011, 2012) for "Transparency in Government"
  • Awarded the "Progressive City Award" by Ameren for Energy Conservation, 2012
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