Champaign, IL
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Champaign is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 86,096 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Champaign is the 11th largest community in Illinois.

Champaign is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.43% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (14.95%), office and administrative support (11.13%), and management occupations (9.50%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.03 minutes getting to work every day.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Champaign, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Champaign is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.42% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Champaign in 2010 was $25,968, which is middle income relative to Illinois, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $103,872 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 Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Champaign is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.