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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 43,141. DeKalb is in DeKalb County. Living in DeKalb offers residents a suburban 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
$149,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$855
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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DeKalb Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    274.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    92.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    69.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    362.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,625.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    86
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    32%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    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
    7%
    13%

Working in DeKalb

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,009
National
$55,322
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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!
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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!
This is your average college town so there is a mix of families and young people! The campus areas are where the town is less safe but that is because of the section 8 housing, unfortunately. There are many good restaurants in DeKalb but not much else to do otherwise.