According to the US Census Bureau, in 2000, the residents of neighboring counties who work in Champaign County:
- Ford: 1794
- Vermilion: 3,135
- Piatt: 2,882
- Douglas: 1,794
- McLean: 726
Furthermore, the average travel time to work was 15 minutes for residents of Champaign County.
At the University of Illinois, which has more than 1,000 employees from the four adjoining counties, the policy is to allow units to be flexible with workers who have to travel, according to spokeswoman Robin Kaler (6/03).