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Champaign is a city in Champaign County.

The community name derives from abdescription of open, level country.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Champaign. For links to other places called Champaign, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Champaign is 40.116N. The longitude is -88.243W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 738 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 71,958.


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Median household income
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$32,795
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Champaign demographic reports
Former and merged names include:
· Depot
· Urbana Station
· West Urbana
The local economy is driven by the University of Illinois.
Ranked No. 4 among medium-sized cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Well-known residents have included:
· Alison Krauss, singer
· Lewis Hastings Sarett, inventor of synthetic cortisone
· Bonnie Blair, Olympic speed skater
· Jennie Garth, actress
· George Will, columnist and TV commentator
Local bands (past and present) have included REO Speedwagon
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Panera Bread
Nearby parks & recreation: Eagle Creek/Wolf Creek State Parks
Champaign attractions: Staerkel Planetarium
Historic sites and museums: John Philip Sousa Library & Museum, Orpheum Children's Science Museum, William M. Staerkel Planetarium, Krannert Art Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Illinois at Urbana, Parkland College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 113

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Ancestry & family history

22% of Champaign residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Champaign ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Champaign was $18,664, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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44% of Champaign residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Champaign, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $467.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $895.


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Libraries in Champaign include Champaign Public Library, Douglass Branch Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Champaign include News-Gazette

TV stations in Champaign include W07DD, WCIA, WICD.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WEFT.

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Champaign County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Champaign political report.

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Champaign restaurants taking online reservations include Biaggi's - Champaign ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Champaign workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 12 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Champaign between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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