Located in the heart of Champaign County in east central Illinois, Urbana (pop. 41,250) is strategically poised at the intersection of three major interstates, making it an attractive location for economic development. Urbana prides itself on being a progressive, dynamic community. The city is also internationally distinguished as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the state’s flagship public university and one of the preeminent research institutions in the world.
With over 300 employees, the City is one of the largest employers in Urbana. In July 2014, the City was designated a Silver level recipient in the Illinois Healthy Worksite Designation program for its commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
One of the greatest characteristics of Urbana is the outstanding quality of life and low cost of living. Because of its natural assets and college setting, Urbana offers residents a metropolitan feel with small-town charm. 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 city was also recognized in 2007 by the American Planning Association when the West Urbana Neighborhood was distinguished as one of the Ten Great Neighborhoods in the country. The highly ranked school districts, park district, library and award-winning mass transit district also highlight the community's dedication to excellence.
The City of Urbana is a progressive community led by Mayor Laurel Prussing and a city council composed of seven members elected by constituents in their city wards. Many of Urbana’s residents are actively engaged in the community, and City administration encourages open dialogue with community members and participation in the decision-making process. The city government structure is a home-rule municipality operating under the mayor-aldermanic form of government. More information about the City of Urbana can be found at: www.urbanaillinois.us
The City of Urbana Welcomes Diversity!
We foster an environment that values and encourages mutual respect, inclusion of all people and utilizing differences and similarities as an organizational asset. EOE.