Champaign is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 88,909 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Champaign is the 11th largest community in Illinois.
Champaign is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Champaign is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Champaign who work in teaching (13.60%), office and administrative support (10.98%), and management occupations (8.65%).
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.
Because Champaign 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 Champaign lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Champaign 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 Champaign people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
Not only is Champaign a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Champaign a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
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 17.51 minutes getting to work every day.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Champaign is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Champaign, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Champaign is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.51% of adults in Champaign have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Champaign in 2018 was $30,385, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $121,540 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.
The most common language spoken in Champaign is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.