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Champaign: 3rd Fastest Growing City In Illiniois

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 03:26 PM CDT

City officials say it's absolutely incredible to be included on this list where 475 cities were reviewed.  

Nerd Wallet Finance determined rankings based on income, employment and population growth from 2009 to 2012.

Champaign's median income grew by 32% between those years, employment increased by nearly 2 percent and the working-age population grew by 4 percent according to the report,

Staff at Visit Champaign say it's evident to residents that Champaign/Urbana is booming.

"We offer a lot of things for people to do, a lot of arts and culture, a lot of great restaurants, a lot of festivals and events that are happening and those are things that people really consider when they're thinking about when moving for a job. They wanna know that it's gonna be a great place to live for them and for their family and that they're gonna have stuff to do when they're done with the nine to five", says Terri Reifsteck of Visit Champaign County.

Reifsteck also says they receive feedback all the time from people that visit the area. People assume small town with not much to do, but Reifsteck says they end up surprised by all the amenities.   

Visit Champaign County also says although 3rd place is good...they're sure this will push city workers, residents and everyone else to get an even higher ranking next time around.

The report ranked Chicago Heights number one and Melrose Park number two as the fastest growing cities in Illinois.

Champaign: 3rd Fastest Growing City In Illiniois


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