Champaign, IL
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Champaign is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 86,637 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Champaign is the 11th largest community in Illinois.

Champaign is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.95% 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 (14.91%), office and administrative support (11.32%), and management occupations (9.26%).

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 17.38 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Champaign, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Champaign is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 52.25% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Champaign in 2010 was $27,777, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,108 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.