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Champaign, IL
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Living in Champaign


Champaign is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 88,302 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Champaign is the tenth 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, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Champaign who work in teaching (15.49%), office and administrative support (10.02%), and food service (7.55%).

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.

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.

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 17.43 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Many people in Champaign take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Champaign citizens for affordable transportation.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Champaign. 51.27% 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 2018 was $30,245, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,980 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Champaign's cultural character, accounting for 15.84% of the city’s population.

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