Darien, IL
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Darien is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 22,256 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Darien is the 110th largest community in Illinois.

Darien home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Darien real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Darien is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.69% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Darien is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Darien who work in office and administrative support (15.11%), management occupations (12.11%), and sales jobs (11.36%).

Also of interest is that Darien has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In Darien, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.43 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Darien use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Darien‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Darien is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.34% of adults in Darien have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Darien in 2010 was $42,216, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $168,864 for a family of four. However, Darien contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Darien is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Darien home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Darien residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Darien include Polish, Irish, Italian, and English.

Darien also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.05%.

The most common language spoken in Darien is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.