Economics & Poverty

The indicators in the Economics & Poverty category measure economic conditions in Champaign County at a variety of scales, from the business outlook to the household.

  • Employment and Unemployment measures the number of individuals who are in the labor force, employed, and unemployed, and includes the unemployment rate for Champaign County, the City of Champaign, and the City of Urbana.
  • Gender Wage Gap measures the difference between estimated median earnings for male and female worker populations in Champaign County.
  • Housing Affordability measures the estimated percentage of households in Champaign County that spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing costs.
  • Median Household and Family Income includes estimated median income data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey since 2005.
  • Net Job and Business Growth measures the change in the number of firms and the number of employees in Champaign County between 1977 and 2013.
  • Poverty Rate measures the estimated percentage of all individuals for whom poverty is measured in Champaign County that are below the poverty line.
  • Residential Vacancy Rate measures the estimated percentage of residential units in Champaign County that are unoccupied.
  • SNAP Participation Rate measures the estimated percentage of households that receive food stamps in Champaign County.