Champaign is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 88,029 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.
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.
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 17.54 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
A lot of people in Champaign take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Champaign, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
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.