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Re: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or Vanderbilt University
I live in Urbana-Champaign and I would highly recommend it. The economics program here is great as well. The weather here is really not that bad, when it snows the streets get plowed quickly and there is a great bus system so you don't have to worry about the cold. It's also a great place to raise families, especially if you live in Urbana. There are a lot of great parks and things like that for kids. Everyone is also super friendly and open-minded. I have been to many place in Tennessee, but only passed through Nashville once. Out of both places, I would prefer Urbana-Champaign even though Nashville may have a warmer climate. If you do choose UIUC, let me know and I can recommend some places to live and things to do! It's really a great town and I'll miss it when I leave.