Champaign is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 88,909 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Champaign is the 11th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Champaign is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Champaign is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Champaign who work in teaching (13.60%), office and administrative support (10.98%), and management occupations (8.65%).
Also of interest is that Champaign has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Champaign is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Champaign have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Champaign’s economy is one such example of this.
Not only is Champaign a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Champaign is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Champaign a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the benefits of Champaign is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.51 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Champaign is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Champaign area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The citizens of Champaign are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.51% of adults in Champaign have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Champaign in 2018 was $30,385, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $121,540 for a family of four. However, Champaign contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Champaign is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Champaign home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Champaign residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Champaign include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Champaign is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.