Urbana, IL

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Living in Urbana

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.

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 16.68 minutes getting to work every day.

A lot of people in Urbana take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Urbana, this fills their need for low-cost 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.

Urbana also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.22%.

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