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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  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+
Urbana is a town in Illinois with a population of 42,141. Urbana is in Champaign County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Urbana offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Urbana there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Urbana and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Urbana are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$146,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$799
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    159.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    57.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    471.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,407.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    54.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    40%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    7%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Urbana

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$34,273
National
$55,322
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Urbana is one the most diverse towns since it is a University town. Many students and their families live here as well as the permanent residents. You get to hear about five languages everyday! All the elementary schools have native language programs that help children learn new languages and help native speakers remember and practice their language. The athletic department is very good too. We have various sports like Tennis, Basketball, Football, Wrestling etc. Many students have won state and national championships. I love Urbana and I hope you do too!
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Urbana is a quaint town in central Illinois. Urbana offers many opportunities for work, shopping, and recreation to its diverse variety of inhabitants - a community that ranges from school children to senior citizens, and college students to university professors. Many people stay in Urbana after attending the renowned University of Illinois, as many of the professional job prospects in Urbana are excellent, and are accompanied by research opportunities which allow room for individual career growth. Residential Urbana is a wonderful place to raise a family, and the school system in Urbana-Champaign aims to prepare its students for the University of Illinois, itself.
I will miss the convenience, such as the quick accessibility to get to work, my kids’ school, doctor appointments, etc. Champaign/Urbana is a loop, meaning it’s hard to get lost. However, there is not much to do if you have kids. It’s very political, example Carle Hospital is very hard as far as gaining employment with them. The Urbana Middle School is awful. The kids are very disrespectful and the principal doesn’t seem to care about the bullying or unruly kids. The employment opportunities are mediocre at best. The Urbana Police are very polite. The Champaign/Urbana Park Districts are beautiful, but I’ve butted heads with some of the staff members, and the experience was stressful to say the least. I have a special needs child and I definitely experienced a lot of discrimination and unfair treatment. After living here for almost five years, I will be moving by the end of this month. I will not miss living here!!!!!