Champaign, Illinois 

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Nice place to live but you wouldn't want to visit - 9/19/2017
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 cities.

Accessible - you can ride your bike from one end of the city to the other in about half an hour.

Something of an intellectual climate - it's a college town plus a large medical center (Health Alliance - a regional HMO plus its hospitals etc).

A great place for an education - seriously. U of I is a world-class research center (and occasionally teaches pretty well).

The cons:

You're quite a ways from civilization. As one of the transplants-in-denial (there are a lot of them) said "It's okay here, but for anything important we go home to Chicago". You can find them on the road to "someplace interesting" on Fridays or at the airport waiting for the private jet.

The general community is astoundingly clique-ish and Read More

City is past its prime but still decent - 8/23/2011
I grew up in C-U (Champaign-Urbana) overall it is a good place to live but there are some caveats about the place. C-U is a University town and without the Universty it would probably be another dying midwest town. It does have an airport at Willard, and better yet, it has a good train station, the lines from which run up to Chicago, and down through Southern Illinois and on to New Orleans. Besides the students, the local demographics seems to me to be that of an aging town. There are lots of retirees of the university who remain in the town tied to a health insurance racket called Carle Care (which is really just a eugenics and money making operation run by Carle hospital - biggest racket going in C-U at the moment). Many of the neighborhoods were built during post WW2 boom and are aging and way past their prime, so a lot of these neighborhoods are starting to get really run down. What used to be really nice, happy neighborhoods when I was a kid are now looking like ghettos. At the Read More

Going to find about it - 3/9/2011
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if your not a collage student - 2/23/2010
Don't move hear i have been stuck hear 4 years!. if you are a bartender or work any kind of hospitality the pay is for the students $4.85 hour and they will only hire students! this area is for the collage only there is nothing to do here and housing is high priced. I have lived in Arizona, Florida, this is far worst place to live! "I'm wanting to move to new Read More

Family Town - 7/29/2009
Champaign is a wonderful place to raise a family. Often you miss the big city excitement. But there are TONS of restaurants. The movie theatre's are very nice. Good colleges. Middle and highschool's could do a little better, but they do have good private schools for reasonable prices. I have been all over the country and I do love it for my family. Once the kids are gone, we will rethink staying here Read More

champaign, illinois - 7/10/2008
Champaign-urbana is a great place to raise a family, the cost of living is fairly inexpensive, it`s not hard to gain employment, and the college sports keeps our town busy in the Read More

Champaign=okay - 7/7/2008
Nice sized town, good for art and cultural activities. Weather is not great, winters are long, cold and dark. Summers are hot and humid. Traffic is terrible for a medium sized town. Good place for college sports. Housing is Read More

Best of both worlds! - 2/5/2007
I've lived in the Champaign area for a decade, and I can't imagine living anywhere else. The University of Illinois is a constant hub of activity, from Division 1 collegiate sports to cerebral lecture opportunities and fantastic museums. Downtown Champaign offers great nightlife and unique boutiques in a pedestrian-friendly environment. This area is big enough to have a great amount of diversity, but small enough that the owners of the stores you patronize will remember your name and greet you with a smile. It's a terrific place to live and Read More

Still Racial Attacks? - 7/23/2006
I went to college there in the 90s; at the time, many black gangs were targeting single white men walking at night and attacking them. Naturally, this was overlooked by the press as the victims obviously deserved it because they're white. Does this sort of thing still happen in enlighted Champaign?

Champaign is definitely an American crap Read More

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