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 88.22% 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 (16.56%), management occupations (12.64%), and sales jobs (10.60%).

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 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.

In Darien, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.64 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The education level of Darien ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Darien, 46.25% 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 $40,859, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $163,436 for a family of four. However, Darien contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Darien is a somewhat 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, Italian, Irish, and Czech.

In addition, Darien has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.30%).

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