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.
In addition, Urbana 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 Urbana culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Urbana really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Urbana 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 Urbana. 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. Urbana benefits directly from this.
Urbana, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Urbana spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.68 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
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.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Urbana, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Urbana is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 60.15% 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 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.