Champaign, IL
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Champaign is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 86,637 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Champaign is the 11th largest community in Illinois.

Champaign is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.95% 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 (14.91%), office and administrative support (11.32%), and management occupations (9.26%).

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.

In addition, Champaign is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Champaign culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Champaign really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Champaign every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Champaign. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Champaign benefits directly from 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 17.38 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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Champaign. 52.25% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Champaign in 2010 was $27,777, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,108 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.