Urbana is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 38,468 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Urbana is the 47th largest community in Illinois.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.37% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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.
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 16.36 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.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Urbana. 59.50% 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 2018 was $26,403, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,612 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Urbana include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Urbana's cultural character, accounting for 18.50% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Urbana is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.