Founded in 1833, the City of Urbana is Champaign County ‘s second largest city with a population of 41,500. Note that Champaign and Savoy are contiguous with Urbana and have a combined population of 129,585.  Located in the heart of Champaign County in east central Illinois, Urbana 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 Champaign, Urbana 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 Urbana’s business climate is thriving, with manufacturing, and education being the primary areas of growth.

Downtown Urbana offers a thriving blend of restaurants, boutiques, specialty retailers and art galleries as well as the Urbana Free Library, which has been ranked in the top 1 percent of public libraries in Illinois and in the United States by American Libraries magazine.


1990 2000 2010
City of Urbana 36,344 36,395 41,250
Champaign County 173,025 179,669 201,081
Illinois 11,430,602 12,419,293 12,830,632

Source: Illinois Census Bureau


Urbana School District #116 is home to academically talented and award-winning students, faculty, and staff. Their students have won state chess championships, earned scholarships to Ivy League schools, have been honored with music awards, competed at the state and national level in a variety of sports, had their social justice group recognized by a national educational group, and have been invited to record a song from a Disney soundtrack. Their outstanding schools in an outstanding community includes early childhood through adult education.

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.


Urbana 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

Urbana offers a distinctive array of artistic and cultural opportunities, such as the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts which hosts more than 300 performances a year in it’s four venues, ranging from the Mark Morris Dance Group to the Vienna Philharmonic and Yo-Yo Ma. Urbana is also home to the annual Sweetcorn Festival and the International Beer Tasting & Chili Cook-off. For more information on Urbana businesses, please visit the Urbana Business Association. For more information on Urbana’s arts and culture, please visit 40N/88W, the Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council.

On Saturdays in the spring, summer and fall, downtown Urbana is transformed into the home to the Market at the Square, a downtown tradition since 1979. The Market showcases products ranging from meats, prepared foods, fruits and vegetables, kettle corn, herbs and sprouts, flowers and plants to home and garden furniture and decor, jewelry, art, photography, clothing, soaps and lotions, wood workings, candles and much more.


The Urbana Park District offers 20 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
  • Provena Covenant Medical Center
  • Christie Clinic

Contact Information

Brandon S. Boys
Economic Development Manager

City of Urbana
400 South Vine Street
Urbana, IL  61801
(217) 328-8270