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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).

Demographics

People

Total Population84,672
Male Share of the Population51.2%
Female Share of the Population48.8%
Senior Citizens8.5%
Employed Population 16+43,180
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married35%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher52.2%
Median Earnings25+$36,566
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,115
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,392

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,628
% Above Poverty Level74.2%
% Below Poverty Level25.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work13.6%
% Using Public Transportation7.4%

Housing

People Living Alone37.4%
Median Gross Rent$877
Median House Value$152,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.9%
German17.4%
Irish9.8%
English6.7%
Polish3.7%
Italian3.5%
Swedish1.9%
French Except Basque1.8%
African1.5%
Scottish1.4%
Dutch1.3%
Norwegian1.2%
Arab0.8%
Russian0.6%
Greek0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Egyptian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Turkish0.1%
Belizean0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
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Champaign Almanac

CategoryValue
County Champaign County
Standard Zip Codes61820, 61821, 61822
P.O. Box Zip Codes61824, 61825, 61826
Phone Area Codes217
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.11
Approximate Longitude-88.24

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)

StationURBANA
Distance2.3 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp40 to 62 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip41 inches
StationRANTOUL
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp14 to 33 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp41 to 67 F
Annual Precip38.7 inches
StationTUSCOLA
Distance22 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip40.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bondville515$51,500

Champaign Public Libraries

Champaign Public Library
200 WEST GREEN STREET
Champaign, Illinois
(217) 403-2050

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Champaign Hospitals

The Pavilion Foundation
(Proprietary)
809 West Church Street
(217) 373-1700

Champaign Public Schools

South Side Elementary School
712 S Pine St
ZIP: 61820
(217) 351-3890
Primary
Total Enrollment 292
Champaign Early Chldhd Cntr
809 N Neil St
ZIP: 61820
(217) 351-3881
Primary
Total Enrollment 285
R E A D Y Program
45 E University Ave
ZIP: 61820
(217) 239-0322
Other
Total Enrollment 89
Washington Elem School
606 E Grove St
ZIP: 61820
(217) 351-3901
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Bottenfield Elem School
1801 S Prospect Ave
ZIP: 61820
(217) 351-3807
Primary
Total Enrollment 469
Actions Program
1103 N Neil St
ZIP: 61820
(217) 351-3701
Other
Novak Academy
815 N Randolph St
ZIP: 61820
(217) 352-4328
High
Total Enrollment 47
Franklin Middle School
817 N Harris Ave
ZIP: 61820
(217) 351-3819
Middle
Total Enrollment 660
Stratton Elementary School
902 N Randolph St
ZIP: 61820
(217) 373-7330
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
Central High School
610 W University Ave
ZIP: 61820
(217) 351-3914
High
Total Enrollment 1185
Edison Middle School
306 W Green St
ZIP: 61820
(217) 351-3771
Middle
Total Enrollment 702
Jefferson Middle School
1115 Crescent Dr
ZIP: 61821
(217) 351-3790
Middle
Total Enrollment 711
Dr Howard Elem School
1117 W Park Ave
ZIP: 61821
(217) 351-3866
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Centennial High School
913 Crescent Dr
ZIP: 61821
(217) 351-3954
High
Total Enrollment 1440
Robeson Elem School
2501 Southmoor Dr
ZIP: 61821
(217) 351-3884
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Garden Hills Elem School
2001 Garden Hills Dr
ZIP: 61821
(217) 351-3872
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
International Prep Academy
1605 W Kirby Ave
ZIP: 61821
(217) 351-3838
Primary
Total Enrollment 108
Westview Elem School
703 S Russell St
ZIP: 61821
(217) 351-3905
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
Kenwood Elem School
1605 W Kirby Ave
ZIP: 61821
(217) 351-3815
Primary
Total Enrollment 354
Vernon L Barkstall Elementary Sch
2201 Hallbeck Dr
ZIP: 61822
(217) 373-5580
Primary
Total Enrollment 475

Champaign Private Schools

Pavilion Foundation School
809 W Church
ZIP: 61820
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 90
Montessori Habitat School
801 W Kirby Ave
ZIP: 61820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 58
University Primary School
51 Gerty Dr
ZIP: 61820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Holy Cross Elementary School
410 W White St
ZIP: 61820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 316
Judah Christian School
908 N Prospect Ave
ZIP: 61820
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 456
Chesterbrook Academy
2001 S Oak St Ste A
ZIP: 61820
Elementary
Total Enrollment 23
Next Generation School
2521 Galen Dr
ZIP: 61821
Elementary
Total Enrollment 241
St Matthew School
1307 Lincolnshire Dr
ZIP: 61821
Elementary
Total Enrollment 416
St John Lutheran School
509 S Mattis Ave
ZIP: 61821
Elementary
Total Enrollment 144
Swann Special Care Ctr-elem/secondary School
2418 W Springfield Ave
ZIP: 61821
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 28
Swann Elementary School
2422 W Springfield Ave
ZIP: 61821
Elementary
Total Enrollment 27
The High School Of St Thomas More
3901 N Mattis Ave
ZIP: 61822
Secondary
Total Enrollment 294
Countryside School
4301 W Kirby Ave
ZIP: 61822
Elementary
Total Enrollment 144
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