Champaign : Illinois

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What it's Like to Retire in Champaign

Champaign/Urbana is a college town of 82,500 people in central Illinois.  A big part of this town's excitement comes from being the home of the University of Illinois and Parkland College. There are also a number of tech startups.  M2 on Neil, a nine-story, $40 million, mixed-use project is located at the corner of Neil and Church Street. M2 on Neil features retail and office space, and 50 upscale condominiums. Livability named Champaign as one of its 10 Best College Towns in 2017.   Photos courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

Where to Retire in Champaign and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community in the Champaign area. Zillow reports the median home value was $140,600 in late 2017.

 

What is special about Champaign

Home to the University of Illinois and Parkland College, Champaign is a bustling college town with an interesting night life.  During February 1969, Carl Perkins joined with Bob Dylan to write the song "Champaign, Illinois", which Perkins released on his album On Top. The first Farm Aid Concert was held at the University stadium to benefit farmers in 1985.

 

What is not special about Champaign

Champaign is in a rural area and a long drive to either St. Louis or Chicago, the nearest big cities.

 

Who will like retirement in Champaign

People looking for a small city in the mid-west that is also a college town might like Champaign, particularly if they went to school here. The population is growing steadily.

 

Local economy is driven by

The University is the largest employer, followed by the School District, Parkland College, and Kraft Foods.

 

Climate and Physical Environment

Champaign is 135 miles south of Chicago in farming country, approximately equidistant from Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. The average January temperature is in the mid 20s and the average July temp is in the mid 70s.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The University and Parkland College both make major contributions to the local cultural scene. The Art Theater Co-op shows critically acclaimed independent and foreign films, was built in 1913 as the Park Theatre. The Virginia Theatre is a huge theater from the 1920's that hosts Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival.  Campustown serves as the entertainment and retail center for students at the University of Illinois. The Krannert Art Museum features both modern and classical art owned by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Trip Advisor lists 363 restaurants for Champaign-Urbana, and many of them look quite interesting, befitting a bustilng college town.

 

Crime

The crime rate is slightly above average.

 

Medical facilities

Champaign has 2 hospitals. Carle Foundation Hospital is a 325 bed regional care hospital. Presence Covenant Medical Center a 210-bed comprehensive medical center.

 

Transportation

The University of Illinois Willard Airport has domestic flights. Another airport is available in Bloomington (IL), 49 miles away. Two Interstate Highways intersect in Champaign.

 

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