Champaign Township, Champaign County, Illinois

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Champaign Township
Location in Champaign County
Location in Champaign County
Champaign County's location in Illinois
Champaign County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 40°05′36″N 88°18′28″W / 40.09333°N 88.30778°W / 40.09333; -88.30778Coordinates: 40°05′36″N 88°18′28″W / 40.09333°N 88.30778°W / 40.09333; -88.30778
CountryUnited States
EstablishedNovember 8, 1859
 • Total18.64 sq mi (48.3 km2)
 • Land18.57 sq mi (48.1 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.2 km2)  0.38%
715 ft (218 m)
 • Estimate 
 • Density583.4/sq mi (225.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code17-019-12398

Champaign Township is a township in Champaign County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,834 and it contained 4,964 housing units.[2]


Champaign Township changed its name from West Urbana Township on April 30, 1860.


Champaign is Township 19 North, Range 8 East of the Third Principal Meridian.

According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 18.64 square miles (48.3 km2), of which 18.57 square miles (48.1 km2) (or 99.62%) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) (or 0.38%) is water.[2] The streams of Copper Slough and Phinney Branch run through this township.

Portions of the township have been removed through annexation with the City of Champaign.

Cities and towns[edit]

  • Savoy (west three-quarters)

Unincorporated towns[edit]

(This list is based on USGS data and may include former settlements).

Grain elevators[edit]

Champaign elevators were operated by C.A. Dickey, Champaign Cereal Mills and Elevator in 1913; also Dryer and Burt Grain and Coal in 1913.

Savoy elevator (Section 36) was built along the Illinois Central—Canadian National railroad. Savoy Grain and Coal Company operated a wooden elevator, no longer standing, in 1913. Concrete silos of the present elevator are east of U.S. Route 45.

Staley′s Station elevator (Section 16) was built along the Illinois Central—Canadian National east–west line, it was operating in 1913, but both the station and elevator are gone.

West Urbana Depot, later Champaign (Section 12). Mark Carley built a steam flouring mill, steam grain elevator and warehouse near the Illinois Central—Canadian National railroad in the mid–1850s.

Major highways[edit]

Airports and landing strips[edit]

  • University of Illinois Heliport


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201611,379[1]
U.S. Decennial Census[3]


In addition to the University of Illinois, Champaign Township is also home to a Kraft Foods plant (and adjacent AC Humko plant); the township's major employers include The University of Illinois, Champaign Unit #4 School District, and Kraft Foods. Numerous township residents are also employed by Parkland College, Kirby Foods, Christie Clinic, Devonshire Group LLC, Amdocs, Hobbico and Horizon Hobby, all of which are in the adjacent city of Champaign, Illinois, as well as by Carle Clinic Association and Provena Health, located in nearby Urbana, Illinois.


  • "Champaign Township, Champaign County, Illinois". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  • United States Census Bureau cartographic boundary files

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