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A+ Champaign Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Champaign Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Illinois
937% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Champaign cost of living
F Champaign Crime Total crime is 52% higher than Illinois
Total crime
3,72035% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2735% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
6%Year over year crime is up
Champaign crime
D+ Champaign Employment Household income is 24% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$45,19818% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$27,7777% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%25% lower than the US average
Champaign employment
F Champaign Housing Home value is 13% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$152,00018% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8778% lower than the US average
Home ownership
47%26% lower than the US average
Champaign real estate or Champaign rentals
F Champaign Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
94%13% higher than the US average
School test scores
32%36% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:18% lower than the US average
Champaign K-12 schools or Champaign colleges

Living in Champaign, IL

Champaign is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 84,672 residents. Champaign has a population density of 3,712 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (67% White). Given that fact, Champaign could be considered less diverse than other cities. Champaign could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 28 years old is below the nation’s average. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 75% of the population considered married and 62% with kids under the age of 18, Champaign could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Living in Champaign can be a great experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Illinois, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! With useful information like amenities, crime, weather and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Champaign and in the areas around Champaign is a much easier task.

Champaign has a livability score of 60 out of 100 and is ranked #996 in Illinois and #23,619 in the USA. Compared to the national average, this area has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Champaign ranks very well for amenities (A+). There are some categories that Champaign scores poorly for, including: crime (F), weather (D), education (F) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Champaign has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch, Memorial Stadium, and Krannert Art Museum.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Champaign. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Champaign are affordable. The median home price for Champaign homes is $152,000, which is 13% lower than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Champaign, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.4, which is 13.3% higher than the Illinois average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Champaign were 2.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1.7%.

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5 Short Years In Champaign, IL

I lived in Champaign, IL for five years, and I loved it because of its college town feel. The city itself is a town that has built up around the largest university in the state of Illinois. The University of Illinois blankets the town in beautiful buildings and college students, but the town is also filled with people who have a massive amount of pride in the town. I feel pride in this town, and I only lived there for a few years.

The city is filled with many beautiful little shops that have been started by students at U of I or people who have lived in the town their whole lives. The enrollment at the university is large, but the people who live in town provide you with a wonderful small town feeling that you cannot get in other college towns.

The city is also filled with aspiring chefs and shop owners. You can go into some of the most beautiful little coffeehouses in the world, and there are restaurants that are the startups of chefs who are looking to make their big break. You can eat and drink your fill in this town easily, but the eating is almost always upscale. When the eating is not, the food is down home the way people like it.

You can find your favorite bar at night, and you will be able to belly up any time you want. You can make a life for yourself in this town even if you are not in college, but you will be surrounded by thousands of college kids who chose the college because of the city of Champaign.
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Decent place, not what it used to be

Small town that is rapidly growing but not in a good way. A lot of displaced citizens are coming down from Chicago and the incidence of violent crimes is growing and becoming more outrageous all the time. And that is not a racial comment, but rather based upon economics. The city also does not keep up the infrastructure to match the growth rate. Roads are a mess, there is a lot of traffic congestion and it's only a city of 80,000 people. Crime continues to become more prevalent but nothing gets done. This fall there were multiple robberies at gun point (I believe there were 6) and bank robberies are becoming weekly occurrences. If I were a high ranking official, I would be calling in UI Police, Urbana Police, Champaign Police, County Sheriff and State Police and get the animals under control.

If you think I'm exaggerating, a former co-worker was beaten and died from his injuries, another was jumped at a local bar and beaten and our local weatherman was beaten. No joke.

There a lot of offerings for a small town, but traffic and safety are a huge concern. I've lived here all my life and can't take it anymore. I've already rented a new place out of state.
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There are lots of regions to Champaign.

Depending on what area of Champaign you're talking about- everything can vary. There is everything from the ghetto on most of Bradley Avenue to the rich subdivisions like Cherry Hills and Ironwood. Southwest Champaign tends to be the higher class area. There are little neighborhoods (good and bad) nestled throughout Champaign. Downtown prospect avenue (North Champaign) has a lot of places to shop- including the mall and many other stores- and LOTS of places to eat- it is constantly growing and changing. This part of town can become congested on weekends and after work. Downtown Neil street area (near Neil & Main St) has a nice casual bar scene- lots of bars within walking distance of eachother. Campustown is very very very congested traffic during the school year- avoid at all costs or take the back way- driving down Green street is a nightmare when the students are in town- parking is also difficult. Campus is pretty dead when students are not in town. Housing is pretty affordable in Champaign but just have to be careful which neighborhood you choose because crime can be high in some areas- also some areas are not safe for walking alone- especially at night. Schools are not great, if looking for a good education- might try a small town nearby Champaign or a private school.
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Feel Like a College Student Again in Champaign, Illinois!

In August of 2010 I traveled to Champaign, Illinois to help my nephew move his belongings into his dormitory room at the University of Illinois. The city was bustling with activity as there was a host of parents moving their children into campus housing and apartments. Other than the terrible traffic, Champaign was a fantastic place to visit.

Champaign is host to a wide variety of familiar hotels and chain restaurants. We enjoyed our stay at The Hilton Garden Inn, which is conveniently located two blocks from The University of Illinois Memorial Stadium. After a hard day of moving furniture, we enjoyed a tasty dinner at Jim Gould Restaurant. The service at Jim Gould was a bit slow due to the large crowd at the restaurant. However, the quality of food was excellent and we will definitely visit the restaurant again during our next visit to Champaign. We also hope to attend a University of Illinois basketball game next time we visit. We had after dinner drinks at the Cowboy Monkey bar, which made us feel like we were in college all over again! Visitors to Champaign will find that there is a plethora of restaurants and bars, many of which employ the local college students.

As you can see by my reveiew, Champaign is a fun city to visit, particularly during the start of the college semester. Just make sure to allow plenty of time to cope with the traffic!
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