Urbana, IL
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Urbana is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 42,311 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Urbana is the 38th largest community in Illinois.

Urbana is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.14% 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 (22.71%), office and administrative support (11.71%), and food service (8.82%).

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.

Because Urbana 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 Urbana lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Urbana 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 Urbana people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

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 16.39 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Urbana has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Urbana has quite a high level of public transit users. Urbana’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Urbana. 53.57% 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 Urbana in 2010 was $20,057, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,228 for a family of four. However, Urbana contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Urbana also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.98% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 Irish, English, European, and Polish.

Urbana also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.08%.

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