Urbana, IL

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Urbana, IL

About Urbana, IL

Urbana, Illinois sits within Champaign County giving residents access to parks such as Crystal Lake Park or shopping options at Market Place Mall. College town complex - East-central Illinois, 110 miles south of Chicago.

State: Illinois
County: Champaign County
Metro Area: Champaign-Urbana Metro Area
City: Urbana
Zip Codes: 61801 61802
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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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Urbana Cost of Living

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

-112.1% lower than avg
-83.1% lower than avg
$840 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-36.7% lower than avg
Urbana Crime
51.2 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Urbana
   College-town atmosphere
Outdoor recreation
   Cost of living
Harsh winters
   Educated population
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This town is horrendous. I cannot figure out why they think they are so important, as they wouldn't even exist if the college was not here. Just another worthless 40,000  More

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Over 15 years ago

Greetings: Urbana is a good college town to live but it comes with the usual dependency on the university for most of its cultural entertainment. Thankfully, it has a  More

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Over 16 years ago

Urbana really doesn't have much in the way recreation unless, your into the partying scene and even then there are only a few hangout places. Urbana is more of a  More

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