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Overview

Introduction to Champaign, Illinois

Nestled amidst the prairies and farms of America’s heartland, The Illinois city of Champaign is still only a little more than a 2-hour drive from Chicago (135 miles to the north). Serviced by three interstate highways (I-57, I-72, and I-74), Champaign is abutted by its "Twin City" Urbana, with which it shares the flagship campus of the University of Illinois. Champaign is also home to Parkland College. Other nearby cities include Decatur (48 miles to the southwest), Bloomington (54 miles to the northwest), and Springfield (85 miles to the southwest). Situated in the eastern part of the state of Illinois, Champaign is only about 45 miles from the Indiana border and about 120 miles west of Indianapolis.

Founded in 1855 and incorporated as a city in 1860, Champaign was originally called West Urbana but had its name changed by legislative act at the time of its incorporation. The year 1867 saw the founding of the University, established as a Land Grant university for the state of Illinois. A university town centered in a fertile farm area, Champaign has an economy anchored by agriculture, medicine, and education, although the city also maintains a burgeoning high-tech and software industry focused on research and development of new technologies. In 1985, Champaign hosted the first Farm Aid concert at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium.

Arts and Culture in Champaign

Champaign's downtown area recently underwent a successful revitalization effort which increased the size of the downtown area while maintaining its distinctive turn-of-the-century architecture. Some of the city's downtown attractions include:

  • Boardman's Art Theatre: Built in 1921 as the Park Theatre, this site features critically-acclaimed independent and foreign films
  • Historic Virginia Theatre: Dating back to the 1920s, the theater features an ornate interior and an elaborate Wurlitzer pipe organ
  • Orpheum Children's Museum
  • Verde Gallery
  • Springer Cultural Center

Other area museums and cultural sites include:

  • University of Illinois Arboretum
  • Anita Purves Nature Center
  • Champaign County Historical Museum
  • Early American Museum
  • John Philip Sousa Library and Museum
  • Krannert Art Museum & Kinkead Pavilion
  • Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum
  • Spurlock Museum
  • The Museum of Natural History
  • Wandell Sculpture Garden
  • William M. Staerkel Planetarium

Collegiate sports take center stage in Champaign due to the presence of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini athletic teams. All of the University's teams belong to the Big Ten Conference and participate in the NCAA's Division I sports. Sports represented by Fighting Illini teams include football, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, tennis, track and field, and wrestling.

Fans of Minor League Baseball do not have to go outside the confines of the city of Champaign to catch some games. The Champaign Homers are an independent team playing in the Upper Mississippi Baseball League (UMBL). A virtual smorgasbord of major league sports action can be found within a two and a half hour drive north to the city of Chicago, which houses the following teams:

  • Major League Baseball: Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs
  • National Football League: Chicago Bears
  • National Basketball Association: Chicago Bulls
  • National Hockey League (NHL): Chicago Blackhawks
  • Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA): Chicago Sky
  • Major League Soccer (MLS): Chicago Fire
  • Major League Lacrosse (MLL): Chicago Machine

Chicago is also home to the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League (AFL) and the Chicago Rockstars of the American Basketball Association (ABA).

People

Total Population 84,008
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 8.5%
Employed Population 16+ 41,354
Age of the Population 27

Families

% of people married 34.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 51.4%
Median Earnings25+ $35,312
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,688
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,488

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,309
% Above Poverty Level 71.8%
% Below Poverty Level 28.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14.3%
% Using Public Transportation 7.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.2%
Median Gross Rent $874
Median House Value $150,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.1%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 10.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Champaign Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 113 miles W of Indianapolis, Indiana
County Champaign
Metro Area Champaign - Urbana
Standard Zip Codes 61820, 61821, 61822
P.O. Box Zip Codes 61824, 61825, 61826
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.116
Longitude -88.243

Champaign Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station URBANA
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 41 inches
Station RANTOUL
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 38.7 inches
Station TUSCOLA
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bondville 476 $55,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Champaign Public Libraries

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Champaign P.l. & Info. Cntr.
505 S. RANDOLPH ST.
Champaign, Illinois
(217) 356-8207
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Champaign High Schools

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CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL
913 S CRESCENT DR
217-351-3954
Serves 1,483 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
610 W UNIVERSITY AVE
217-351-3914
Serves 1,343 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

COLUMBIA CENTER
1103 N NEIL ST
217-351-3700
A Special Education School
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.9

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