Main Quad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL

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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 71
Demographics 55
Economy 56
Education 73
Health 47
Housing 73
Infrastructure 55

#71. Champaign, IL

With a strong economy that includes seven (count them: seven!) Fortune 500 companies based here, Champaign is not only a Best Place to Live, it’s also one of our Best Cities for Entrepreneurs.

The communities of Champaign and nearby Urbana share the 700-acre campus of the University of Illinois, landing Champaign on’s Best College Towns list, too. Champaign attracts college students, families and entrepreneurs looking for a tight-knit community that’s also business-friendly — and fun.

The city features several renowned museums and award-winning art galleries, and the community is strong in areas like affordable housing, healthcare and social assistance services. A hopping entertainment and nightlife scene means it’s difficult to get bored here, and the city has a growing microbrew presence with six breweries and counting. 

Find out more about the good life in Champaign.

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