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Most Coles County workers are employed in agriculture and industry. Business, transportation facilities, an airport, and favorable factory sites have influenced the development of industry in the county.
The Mattoon area has about twenty manufacturing and business firms with heavy employment; the Charleston area has about fifteen. Both cities have many small commercial businesses which employ 25 persons or less. Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center located between Charleston and Mattoon on State Route 16 is one of Coles County's largest employers.
The anniversary of the 1917 Coles County Tornado is May 26th. Please take a look at our Story Map sharing the stories from that fateful day.
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Since the county foundation, our government and community have been developing the place where we all live. Here are some numbers and facts about our wonderful county.