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 88.36% 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 (14.31%), office and administrative support (11.85%), and management occupations (8.93%).

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.

One of the benefits of Champaign is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.93 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Champaign use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Champaign‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Champaign is a pretty powerful place. 50.25% of the adults in Champaign have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Champaign in 2010 was $25,651, 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 $102,604 for a family of four. However, Champaign contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Champaign is a very 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.