Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

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Champaign-Urbana is the quintessential Midwestern college town. It ranks very high in diversity for its category. Thanks to city projects such as Bike Champaign! it is the most accessible of our college towns. With such a large share of commuters who either walk, bike, or use public transportation, Champaign-Urbana outranks even major metros in city accessibility, coming in fourth overall. Champaign is economically appealing, with great labor market conditions. The University of Illinois I-STEM initiative brings high levels of innovation to this college town.

#2 Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

POPULATION: 207,584
STUDENTS: 47,895
RANKING DETAIL:
#6 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#5 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#1 CITY ACCESS
#3 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#20 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#2 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#10 LABOR FORCE
#8 INNOVATION
#8 RENT

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