One of the greatest characteristics of this area is the outstanding quality of life and low cost of living. Urbana is a great place to live.
In recent years, Urbana has been cited by the National Home Builders Association as one of the top ten most affordable housing markets in the United States. The highly ranked school districts, park district, and award-winning mass transit district highlight the community's dedication to excellence.
If you enjoy dining out, you will appreciate the wide variety and number of restaurants that rank Urbana (along with its twin city, Champaign) as one of the number one places in the United States for dining pleasure.
For those who crave a small-town atmosphere with access to a metropolitan lifestyle, the City of Urbana is the place to be. Enjoy!
The City of Urbana, has been listed as one of the top ten high-tech communities in America by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Wired Magazines.
The City has been home to such famous people as Roger Ebert; actress, Jennie Garth; and 2003 Miss America, Erika Harold.
Urbana is home to two Regional Medical Centers; Carle Hospital and Clinic and Presence Covenant Medical Center
Urbana School District 116 has a very low student-teacher ratio of only 13 students per teacher (National Center for Education Statistics)
Urbana consistently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Illinois (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
The Urbana Free Library ranked 8th out of 877 public libraries rated by “American Libraries” in 2002. It has been ranked in the top 1% of American libraries every year since rankings began.
54% of Urbana residents over the age of 25 are college graduates or have attained advanced degrees.
Urbana has maintained its status as a Tree City USA since the program's inception in 1976, and is the only charter member still in the program in the State of Illinois. It maintains 14,000 trees on over 95% of its parkways.
Lincoln Square opened in Urbana in 1964 as one of America’s first fully-enclosed malls.
In 1989 a Sister City International affiliation between Tartu, Estonia and Urbana was established. The Sister City program's goal is to establish a cultural exchange program for the purpose of creating greater mutual understanding between the peoples of the two respective cities. Since their designation as sister cities, delegates from both cities have visited their sister city and established relationships that bridge cultural differences while securing lasting friendships and global awareness.
Population: 41,518 (2011 estimate)
Average Temp: Summer 73 degrees F, Winter 27 degrees F
Average Annual Rainfall: 40 In, Snowfall: 28 In
Elevation: 728 feet (222 meters)
Geographic Location: 40.109665 degrees north, 88.204247 degrees west