Working as a Perfusionist in Urbana, Illinois: What are the Benefits?

If you’ve been checking out this blog section, you’ve noticed by now that we’re closely examining towns and cities where SpecialtyCare is offering perfusionist positions. We want to do the work for you and give you the goods on what each location has to offer. Next on the list is Urbana, Illinois. SpecialtyCare is offering a sign-on bonus for their Urbana jobs, as you may have seen on sites like LinkedIn, Indeed and Glassdoor.

Urbana is a small town on the east side of Illinois and known for their huge farmer’s market, Sweetcorn Festival, and playing host to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Let’s zoom in on Urbana and glance at the benefits of relocating there.

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Low Cost of Living

Since it’s a small town, you can enjoy the very inexpensive cost of living in Urbana. According to, the median cost of a home in Urbana is $116,700, while the median cost in the U.S. at large is $216,200. The average cost of rent is $670 a month for a one-bedroom (the average in the U.S. is $990). Two-bedrooms in Urbana come at the average cost of $890 and three-bedrooms at $1,180. To give you a better perspective, the cost of a three-bedroom in Urbana is cheaper than the cost of a one-bedroom apartment in nearby Chicago, which is $1,774.

Sweet, Sweet Chicago

With living in Urbana, you can have all the pros of a major metropolitan American city with none of the cons. The Windy City is only 2 hours and 15 minutes away. Amtrak also has trains that will take you to and from the city on any given day. Imagine being that close to the action. No matter what time of year, there’s always something entertaining going on in Chicago.

You have the music festivals like Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, and the Chicago Blues and Jazz festivals. You have all the sports covered with the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, White Sox, and the Bulls. Movie fan? There’s the Chicago International Film Festival and classic theaters like Music Box, the Landmark and Arclight Chicago. You can go day shopping down the Magnificent Mile or check out one of the famous holiday parades like the Lights Festival in November. And don’t forget ice skating in Millennium Park in the winter.

No traffic and No Lines

Urbana is off the path of every major city. It even avoids Chicago traffic. Think of how nice it would be to have virtually no traffic every day or night to work at the hospital. SpecialtyCare asks that you live within a 30-minute radius of your hospital, so having no traffic can really give you more valuable time in the day. Also, imagine hitting downtown Urbana for a night of blissful small town cooking at The Apple Dumplin or a drink at Bentley’s Pub with no lines or wait time.