About Champaign County, IL

Champaign County is located in east central Illinois and home to more than 200,000 people. Our region includes both large and small enterprises and is home to a large agriculture industry.

The Chamber and local development organizations continue working to provide greater opportunities for expansion and existing companies and attraction of new firms. Champaign County offers a variety of incentives such as tax increment financing districts and enterprise zone, low interest loans, subsidized employee training and assistance in site selection.

 

Population:

  • 208,861
  • 10th largest county in the state of Illinois
  • Champaign (86,096), Urbana (42,311), and Rantoul (13,008).
    (Source)

Distance From:

  • Chicago – approximately 2.4 hours; 138 miles
  • Indianapolis – approximately 2 hours; 122 miles
  • St. Louis – approximately 3 hours; 180 miles

Climate:

  • January
    • Avg. High - 32F
    • Avg. Low - 16F
  • July
    • Avg. High – 85F
    • Avg. Low – 65F
  • Precipitation
    • Avg. Annual Rainfall - 39.72”
    • Avg. Annual Snowfall - 28.5” 
    • Avg. Growing Season – 185 days

Government:

The County Board Currently has 11 districts with two representatives from each district for a total of 22 board members. An administrator is 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: Over 50 banks and branches in the Chamber membership.

Churches: Over 200 churches representing most denominations

Schools: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Parkland College; over 80 public and private schools (Source)

Libraries: The University of Illinois Library is one of the largest in the country with more than 24 million items. 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.

Newspapers: County Star, The Independent News, The Leader, LeRoy Farmer City Press, Mahomet Citizen, The News-Gazette, Paxton Record, Rantoul Press, The Daily Illini, Parkland Prospectus, Fisher View

Utilities:

  • Cable television – Comcast, DirectTV, Dish Network
  • Electricity and Gas – Ameren Illinois
  • Telephone – AT&T, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, McLeod USA, Midwest Communications Group, Inc.

      Source: City of Champaign

Business/Industry:

  • Firms - 13,525
  • Per Capita Income - $25,226
  • Percent Minority Owned Firms – 10.7
  • Percent Women Owned Firms – 28.3

      Source

Retail:

The communities of Champaign, Urbana, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Rantoul are home to vibrant downtown shopping areas. Other shopping centers within the county include (but are not limited to) Sunnycrest Mall, Market Place Mall, North Prospect Complex, Shoppes of Knollwood, Savoy Plaza, Robesons Plaza and Old Farm Shops. There are also over 300 restaurants/taverns to choose from for meals.

Healthcare:

Carle Clinic Association, Carle Foundation Hospital, Christie Clinic, The Pavilion, Presence Covenant Medical Health 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 over 50 clubs, organizations and associations featured on the Chamber’s Family Community and Non-profit webpage.

General Statistics:

  • Median household income - $46,680
  • High School Graduates - 93.6 percent
  • Bachelor Degree or Higher - 42.5 percent
  • Median Home Price - $149,200

Source: quickfacts.census.gov.