At a Glance

AREA - 1008 square miles with 180 persons per square mile according to the 2000 U.S. Census. (Source:

POPULATION - 185,682; 11th largest county in the state of Illinois; Champaign (67,518), Urbana (36,595), and Rantoul (12,918 ).  (Source:,

     CHICAGO - approximately 2.4 hours; 138 miles
     INDIANAPOLIS - approximately 2 hours; 122 miles
     ST. LOUIS - approximately 3 hours; 180 miles.

CLIMATE - 32F Avg. January High Temp; 16F Avg. January Low Temp; 85F Avg. July High Temp; 65F Avg. July Low Temp; 39.72” Avg. Annual Rainfall; 28.5” Avg. Annual Snowfall; 185 days Avg. Growing Season

GOVERNMENT - The County Board currently has nine districts, with three members representing each district for a total of 27 Board members. The county currently has two Administrators hired by the County Board to oversee the day-to-day operations of the county. (Source:

AREA COMMUNITIES - Allerton, Bondville, Broadlands, Champaign, Fisher, Foosland, Gifford, Homer, Ivesdale, Lake of the Woods, Longview, Ludlow, Mahomet, Ogden, Pesotum, Philo, Rantoul, Royal, Sadorus, St. Joseph, Savoy, Sidney, Thomasboro, Tolono, Urbana.

FINANCIAL - Approximately 25 full-service financial institutions.  (Source:

CHURCHES - over 200 churches representing most denominations.

SCHOOLS - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Parkland College; 56 public schools, 20 private schools.  (Source:

LIBRARIES - University of Illinois Library is the third largest academic library in the nation with more than 40 departmental libraries.  Area libraries include Champaign Public Library, Douglass Branch Library, Homer Community Library, Mahomet Public Library, Ogden Rose Public Library, Parkland College Library, Philo Public Library, Rantoul Public Library, Saint Joseph Township Swearingen Memorial Library, Sidney Community Library, Tolono Public Library, Urbana Free Library.  (Source:,

NEWSPAPERS - American Classifieds, The County Star, The Daily Illini, El Informador (Spanish-language newspaper), Fisher Reporter, Mahomet Citizen, The News-Gazette, The Leader, Parkland Prospectus, Rantoul Press, Savoy Star.  (Source: The News-Gazette)

AT&T; Consolidated Communications/McLeod USA
Electricity and gas
Ameren Illinois Utilities
- Illinois American Water
Cable television
- Comcast
(Source: City of Champaign)

BUSINESS/INDUSTRY - 15,000 firms; $19,708 per capita income; 10% minority-owned firms; 25% women-owned firms; 13,120 firms; 32.9% women-owned firms; 12.3% minority-owned firms.  (Source:

RETAIL - The communities of Champaign County are home to vibrant downtown shopping areas, especially Champaign, Mahomet and St. Joseph.  Shopping centers within the county include Sunnycrest Mall, Market Place Mall, North Prospect Complex, Shoppes of Knollwood and Old Farm Shops.  There are also over 300 restaurants/taverns to choose from for meals. (Source: CVB)

LODGING - 35 lodging establishments.  (Source: CVB)

HEALTH CARE - Carle Clinic Association, Carle Foundation Hospital, Christie Clinic, The Pavilion, Provena Covenant Medical Center, McKinley Health Center (U of I), Frances Nelson Health Center (eligibility assessment required).

RECREATION - Champaign Park District, Division of Campus Recreation (U of I), Rantoul Recreation Department, Urbana Park District, YMCA of Champaign County, University of Illinois YMCA/YWCA, Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Savoy Recreation Center.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS - There are approximately 63 clubs, organizations and associations featured in the Chamber’s Clubs and Organizations Directory.

GENERAL STATISTICS - $37,780 median household income; 91% high school graduates; 38% college graduates; $94,700 average home price.  (Source: 2000 Census –,