Darien, IL
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Living in Darien


Darien is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 21,954 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Darien is the 110th 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 a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.78% 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 sales jobs (13.92%), office and administrative support (13.40%), and management occupations (12.16%).

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.

In Darien, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.07 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.

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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Darien, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Darien is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.45% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Darien in 2010 was $48,450, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $193,800 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 German, Polish, Irish, Italian, and English.

Darien also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.75%.

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