Darien, IL
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Darien is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 22,061 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 86.67% 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 (14.05%), sales jobs (13.59%), and management occupations (13.22%).

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.

Because of many things, Darien is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Darien a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Darien has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Darien’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Darien is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Darien, the average commute to work is 32.11 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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.

The education level of Darien ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Darien, 48.85% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Darien in 2010 was $45,241, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $180,964 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 German, Polish, Irish, Italian, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Darien's cultural character, accounting for 17.64% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Darien is English. Other important languages spoken here include Langs. of India and Spanish.