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.

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.

One of the benefits of Champaign is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.03 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Champaign is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Champaign, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Champaign is a pretty powerful place. 51.42% 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 $25,968, 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.