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Des Plaines is a town in Illinois with a population of 58,694. Des Plaines is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Des Plaines offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Des Plaines there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Des Plaines and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Des Plaines are highly rated.
About Des Plaines...
Population
58,694

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$251,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,093
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%
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Des Plaines 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
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    34.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    10.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    20.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    111.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,071.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    63.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Des Plaines

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$67,636
National
$55,322
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I love Des Plaines! My Grandparents, parents and I have all lived in Des Plaines. It is a safe place to live that is only 30 minutes outside of Chicago and other important places including O'Hare Airport. My parents and I have all gone through the public school system and have had great experiences that has not only prepared us for the future, but also making life long frinds that made us all want to plant our roots in this great city.
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Quiet and safe town. Downtown area has no real fun places to hang out during the weekends. Recently they started building apartments and bringing in new businesses, hopefully the atmosphere will change!
Des Plaines is a quiet small town located in suburban Chicago. It's a beautiful place to live. We're near the city and Lake Michigan. Growing up I enjoyed going to Lake Park (also known as Lake Opeka) to BBQ and ride my bike! We also have one of the first McDonald's in town, which is amazing to point out to out-of-towners! We do have a variety of places to eat from American cuisine to Mexican, Indian, and Middle Eastern. One of my favorite places to eat would be Tap House Grill in Downtown Des Plaines- comfort food & drinks are my go-to! Stop by and explore when your in town. (: