Best Places to Live

Champaign, IL

Population: 84,008
LIV
SCORE
618
Photo: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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 Livability.com’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.

Champaign, IL Ranking Data

Civic
71
Demographics
55
Economy
56
Education
73
Health
47
Housing
73
Infrastructure
55