Champaign is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 88,302 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Champaign is the tenth largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Champaign is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Champaign is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Champaign who work in teaching (15.49%), office and administrative support (10.02%), and food service (7.55%).
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.
In addition, Champaign 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 Champaign culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Champaign really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Champaign 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 Champaign. 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. Champaign benefits directly from this.
Not only is Champaign a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the benefits of Champaign is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.43 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.
Champaign has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Champaign has quite a high level of public transit users. Champaign’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 Champaign. 51.27% 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 Champaign in 2018 was $30,245, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $120,980 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 German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
Champaign also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.84%.
The most common language spoken in Champaign is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.