Founded in 1854, the City of Champaign is the County’s largest city with a population of 81,055. Note that Urbana and Savoy are contiguous with Champaign and have a combined population of 129,585.  Located in the heart of Champaign County in east central Illinois, Champaign is strategically poised at the intersection of three major interstates (I-57 which runs north-south, and I-72 and I-74 running east-west). Along with it’s sister city Urbana, Champaign is internationally recognized as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the preeminent research institutions in the world.

The City of Champaign’s business climate is thriving, with manufacturing, logistics, and high tech research being the primary areas of growth.

Downtown Champaign’s entertainment district offers a thriving blend of upscale restaurants, boutiques, nightclubs, and art galleries.


Place Population in 1990 Population in 2000 Population in 2010
  1990 2000 2010
 City of Champaign  63,502  67,518  81,055
 Champaign County  173,025  179,669  201,081
 Illinois  11,430,602  12,419,293  12,830,632

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Champaign Unit #4 has received the 2006 “What Parents Want” award by SchoolMatch, the nation’s largest school selection consulting firm. Only 16% of public schools nationwide have received this honor.

University Laboratory High School (“Uni High”) has been recognized as a “public elite” school by Newsweek magazine. Uni High also counts three Nobel Prize winners and a Pulitzer Prize winner among it’s distinguished alumni.

Higher Education

Parkland College

Parkland College is primarily a two-year college offering vocational and transfer degrees in over 100 different areas. Parkland also offers advanced degrees through partnerships with Eastern Illinois University, University of Illinois at Springfield, Franklin University, Olivet-Nazarene University, and Greenville College. Parkland also offers nine sports teams and numerous student organizations.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research universities in the world. Eleven alumni of UIUC, including nine university faculty, have been named Nobel Prize Laureates, and 18 alumni and two faculty members are Pulitzer Prize recipients. UIUC campus is also home to the largest public university library in the world, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the renowned Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and 19 Division I sports teams.


Champaign is located at the juncture of three intersections (I-57 which runs north-south, and I-72 & 1-74 that run east-west)

Public Transportation: Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD)
Airport: Willard Airport (CMI) to Chicago and Dallas
Charter flights are available through Flightstar

Rail service

Amtrak (passenger)
Illinois Central (commercial)
Norfolk Southern (commercial)

Average commute time: 13.7 minutes
The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has been recognized as the 7th best transportation system in America, as well as being a two-time recipient of the American Public Transit Associations Outstanding Achievement Award.

Arts & Culture

Champaign is home to a diverse array of artistic and cultural opportunities, ranging from the thriving downtown that a vibrant entertainment district featuring upscale restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and nightlife in a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere to numerous music venues, such as Krannert Center for the Performing Arts which hosts more than 300 performances a year in it’s four venues. Champaign is also home to the Boneyard Arts Festival and Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival, held each spring at the historic Virginia Theatre.

For more information on Champaign’s arts and culture, please visit 40N/88W, the Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council.


The Champaign Park District offers 14 facilities and a variety of programming for children, adults, seniors and special needs individuals in diverse areas including sports, fitness, cultural arts, and special events. The Champaign County Forest Preserve boasts more than 3,500 scenic acres throughout the county. Activities include fishing, boating,  hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, sledding, golfing, and swimming. For more information on recreational opportunities, please contact the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Health Facilities

  • Carle
  • OSF Health Care
  • Christie Clinic

City Contact Information

Bruce Knight
Planning & Development Director

City of Champaign
102 N. Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820