Champaign, IL

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Champaign, IL

About Champaign, IL

Champaign, Illinois is a thriving university town located approximately two hours south of Chicago. It has plenty of recreational facilities ranging from libraries to state parks offering access to Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve or Homer Lake. College town complex - East-central Illinois, 110 miles south of Chicago.

State: Illinois
County: Champaign County
Metro Area: Champaign-Urbana Metro Area
City: Champaign
Zip Codes: 61820 61821 61822
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Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 662 ft above sea level

Champaign-Urbana is an agricultural center as well as home to the University of Illinois. It is a clean agricultural town well rounded by its college presence. The cities offer what one would expect from a large Big Ten university town: entertainment, top sporting events, good museums, and a mix of restaurants. The area has a strong economic base anchored by agriculture and the presence of a number of research and technology companies, some of which are affiliated with the university.

An attempt to preserve agricultural roots led to suburban enclaves being developed outside a belt of preserved farmland. Cost of living is reasonable for a major college town and the area features stable employment and low commute times. While entertainment and arts amenities are strong, there isn’t much outdoor recreation. A recent decline in future job projections and some crime issues have brought the overall ranking decline.

The area is mainly level prairie surrounded by farmland. To the east the terrain starts to undulate, particularly near the Wabash River valley just east of the Indiana border. The climate is continental with variety, including warm, humid, intermittently wet summers, and variable winters. Summer thunderstorms are common and winter changes bring alternating periods of mildness and cold with snow cover. First freeze is late October, last is late April.

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Champaign Cost of Living

College-town atmosphere, cost of living, and educated population make Champaign a great place to live.

-77.6% lower than avg
-31.0% lower than avg
$977 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-17.5% lower than avg
Champaign Crime
42.3 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Champaign
   College-town atmosphere
Outdoor recreation
   Cost of living
Harsh winters
   Educated population
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Over 5 years ago

Pros - close to Chicago, has Parkland community college and lots of places to eat. There is a train station downtown that is really good. Beautiful deciduous trees and  More

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Over 7 years ago

I wonderful city with great  More

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Actually it's barely a nice place to live. The pros: Not terribly expensive - at one point the least expensive place to live in the country among modest sized  More

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