Urbana, IL

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Living in Urbana

Urbana is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 42,214 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Urbana is the 38th largest community in Illinois.

Urbana is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.57% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Urbana is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Urbana who work in teaching (22.85%), food service (9.71%), and office and administrative support (9.06%).

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Urbana has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Also of interest is that Urbana has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Urbana 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 Urbana 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. Urbana’s economy is one such example of this.

Urbana, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

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 16.68 minutes getting to work every day.

Many people in Urbana take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Urbana citizens for affordable transportation.

If knowledge is power, Urbana is a pretty powerful place. 60.15% of the adults in Urbana 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 Urbana in 2018 was $24,549, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,196 for a family of four. However, Urbana contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Urbana is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Urbana home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Urbana residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Urbana include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Urbana's cultural character, accounting for 20.22% of the city’s population.

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