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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
DeKalb is a town in Illinois with a population of 42,839. DeKalb is in DeKalb County. Living in DeKalb offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In DeKalb there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in DeKalb and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in DeKalb are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$154,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$881
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%
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DeKalb Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    353
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    104.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    72
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    290.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,180.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    95.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    32%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    8%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in DeKalb

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$44,222
National
$55,322
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DeKalb Reviews

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I lived here for 17 years and its a very alright town overall. Crime isn't a concern anywhere within the residential neighborhoods, but because its a college town with an area of public housing projects, that's where you'll find the stem of the city's crime rate.
The cost of living adds up to be great but if you want to live here for a long time and you aren't familiar with Illinois high state taxes, then get ready to have the hardest time adjusting.
What Dekalb does best, however, is at the history. The Elwood House, the Egyptian Theatre are two of the town's biggest tourist attractions and are totally worth visiting at some point.
For shopping, Dekalb's got a strong selection. I will say though that its not as fun as shopping in Aurora-Naperville, an hour east of the town, because of the malls.
Weather is all over the place. Winters can drop down to the negatives while summers occasionally reach up to the high 80s Fahrenheit. Tornadoes happen about once or twice a year.
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DeKalb is a beautiful university town (home of Northern Illinois University) with a lot of great cultural offerings connected to the university. Check out the historic downtown, especially the beautiful Egyptian Theatre. Built in the 1920s, the Egyptian theatre is a gorgeous landmark!
Dekalb is not only home to the beautiful Northern Illinois University, but it also has amazing night life, restaurants, and shops. Check out the downtown area for some cute hole-in-the-wall shopping and make sure to grab a bagel at Barb City Bagels while you're there!