Champaign, IL
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Champaign is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 87,432 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Champaign is the 11th largest community in Illinois.

Champaign is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.76% 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 (15.37%), office and administrative support (11.13%), and management occupations (9.09%).

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, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Champaign a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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 17.54 minutes getting to work every day.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Champaign. 51.08% 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 $28,406, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $113,624 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.

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