A+ Urbana Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Urbana Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than Illinois
9010% less expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Urbana cost of living
D+ Urbana Crime Total crime is 41% higher than Illinois
Total crime
3,29128% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3128% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-18%Year over year crime is down
Urbana crime
D- Urbana Employment Household income is 44% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$33,08140% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,88230% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%11% lower than the US average
Urbana employment
F Urbana Housing Home value is 17% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$145,50021% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$78118% lower than the US average
Home ownership
38%40% lower than the US average
Urbana real estate or Urbana rentals
F Urbana Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
91%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
24%52% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:12% higher than the US average
Urbana K-12 schools or Urbana colleges

Living in Urbana, IL

Urbana is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 41,941 people. With a population density of 3,552 people per square mile, Urbana is well above the nation's average density level. Urbana could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 24 years old is below the nation’s average. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Urbana might be a good fit as 72% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 62% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Urbana, Illinois. To help you find the best places to live in and around Urbana, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, weather, employment and more.

Urbana, IL receives 60/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #957 in Illinois and #23,079 in the USA. This is a poor rating when compared to the average of other places in the country. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Urbana ranks well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B-). Urbana does not score well for the following: crime (D-), weather (D), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Urbana on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Meadowbrook Park, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Japan House.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Urbana. 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 Urbana are affordable. The median home price for Urbana homes is $145,500, which is 16.8% lower than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Urbana, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.4, which is 46.7% higher than the Illinois average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Urbana area were 4.3% and 5 year appreciation rates were 1.3%.

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      High property taxes, high crime rate

      I lived here for a year and the property taxes are higher then California! I was living in a 1900 square foot home for 4500 a year property tax! One morning I was walking my dog about 5 in the morning and I ran into a young man who was obviously high on something who accosted me. My dog was super friendly so he was no help and I saw a man peeking out his window who then drew the curtains. I had to fight off this man and run to my house. Its all rented out to students so expect lots of noise and parties and police. Great place to be a single college student but if you have children I would look elsewhere.
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      Urbana, Illinois: Heaven for Families

      I was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. 2 years ago, I moved from Chicago to an area called Urbana. With only two years of living here, I absolutely love it here. Though it may get chilly here, I love walking along the streets in this community especially during the season of Fall. There are so many great aspects of living in this area that include the offered amenities, the cost of living, as well as the quality of education that each child or student in general receives. Like every area, there are also drawbacks to living in an area. In Urbana, these drawbacks include the rate of crime as well as the weather.

      I am a work at home mom. What I love about my current neighborhood is the fact that I can walk my children to school every morning. The school is only 7 minutes walking from my house. I love the school that my 2 kids attend. They are currently 6 and 8 years old and already are able to communicate partly to me in Spanish. The music program is also excellent at this school. Both of my children are enrolled in orchestra. Another great aspect of this area is that the cost of groceries is extremely low in addition to the cost of gas. I tend to buy by groceries at a day to day rate which is sometimes cheaper and I am able to pick out better produce.

      The downside to living in this area is the rate of crime. I would insist to keep all valuables out of the car at night due to the higher theft rate. I would also insist to install a security system just in case of emergencies to ensure that your kids are safe from harm.
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      Source: The Urbana, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).