Darien is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 22,011 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Darien is the 109th largest community in Illinois.
Darien real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Darien house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Darien is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. 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 sales jobs (14.00%), management occupations (12.96%), and office and administrative support (11.56%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Darien telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.47% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Because of many things, Darien is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Darien really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Darien perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Darien, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.73 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Darien is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Darien area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Darien is a pretty powerful place. 53.89% of the adults in Darien have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Darien in 2018 was $49,892, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $199,568 for a family of four.
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, German, Italian, Irish, and Czech.
In addition, Darien has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.32%).
The most common language spoken in Darien is English. Other important languages spoken here include Langs. of India and Spanish.