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Silicon Valley is great, particularly if you don’t mind paying $3,500 per month for a studio apartment that will only accommodate a twin mattress and a mini-fridge. If you’re looking for a little more room and a more relaxed lifestyle, Champaign-Urbana is waiting.The good news? While earning the same as you would in many Silicon Valley jobs, you’ll pay a lot less for, well, just about everything.

Easy, Affordable Lifestyle

Easy, Affordable Lifestyle

Easy, Affordable Lifestyle
Easy, Affordable Lifestyle
Easy, Affordable Lifestyle


We get it. You want to live in a vibrant, culture-rich city abundant with talent, but you’re sick of eating ramen noodles in your studio apartment with four roommates. In Champaign-Urbana, we enjoy lower prices on everything from food to transportation — the cost of living is more than 10 percent below national average (according to Forbes).



Make your old roommates jealous with our affordable housing. Our median home price is just $120,000 for beautiful housing located in green communities.  In Silicon Valley, the median price for a home is more than $1 million. Home values stay strong in Champaign-Urbana, where they house prices endured the housing bubble collapse much better than the national average, according to the Wall Street Journal. You’ll never look back on the days of paying other cities’ prices.



Cut down on gas, too, with an average 14 minute commute time that’s significantly less than the 25.5 national average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In Silicon Valley, more than 50 percent of commuters have a travel time of more than 90 minutes each way. Just think of all you could do with that extra time and money.



If you prefer, sit back and relax on your commute in Champaign-Urbana, and let someone else do the driving. Each year, more than 13 million rides are handled by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD). To put this in perspective, fellow Midwest cities Nashville and Indianapolis (both substantially bigger) provide approximately 10 million rides each year. With 100 percent of the fleet equipped with bike racks, riding MTD is an easy choice.


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