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.
Because Champaign has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Champaign lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Champaign is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Champaign people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
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 decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Champaign spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.51 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
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.