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    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  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 a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Champaign there are a lot of restaurants 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
Suburban
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
    499
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    95
    41
  • Robbery
    125
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    509
    500
  • Theft
    2,346
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    141
    284
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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 Reviews

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Champaign is a very nice city! With campus nearby, there are many places to shop and eat. It is not overwhelmingly populated but it's not small here either! Very welcoming area, good for someone looking to settle down.
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To live here is an amazing experience. I come from a tiny village of 125 people to living in a city of over 80,000 people. There's so many things to do here and such diversity and culture everywhere you go. The stories that people tell about where they've come from to where they plan to go are phenomenal. However, like any city, Champaign has low safety. It's not terrible where it happens to everyone everyday, but it's enough to where I do different things before going to bed here than I did when I was back home.
Champaign is a bustling city that is constantly growing. I've lived here my whole life and have always had a great time and always felt like there was something to do. Having the University of Illinois here in town has made a huge difference, and has also provided major educational opportunities. Whether it be internships, sports, business opportunities, or just growing personally as an individual; there's always something for you. It's a safe city, a growing city and it's booming with technology. Overall, I'm happy with Champaign and am blessed to have my roots here.