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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A+
Champaign is a town in Illinois with a population of 85,710. Champaign is in Champaign County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Champaign offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Champaign there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Champaign and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Champaign are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$156,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$904
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Champaign Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    498.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    81.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    94
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    312.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,853.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    96.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    29%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Champaign

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$44,638
National
$55,322
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Champaign needs more emphasis on their public school systems. The children in these systems grow up and eventually become members of this society. We need to have better schooling from a young age here to keep our society booming. There have been improvements in other areas, but I really think the push for funding for our Unit 4 system is important and needs to continue if there is going to be any real change within the school systems themselves.
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Champaign is a good place to live with many restaurants and a bustling downtown. At times, the sheer volume of college students from the U of I can be annoying, but we learn to deal with it. There is a lot of crime in our city, but usually only on campus or in the bad parts of town. There are many beautiful residential areas, however, and our neighborhoods are well kept.
Champaign is a great town. I have lived here my whole life and have met so many amazing people! Even though it isn't a super large town, it feels big. I enjoy calling Champaign my home.