Des Plaines, IL
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Des Plaines is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 58,677 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Des Plaines is the 20th largest community in Illinois.

Des Plaines real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Des Plaines house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Des Plaines isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Des Plaines are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Des Plaines is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Des Plaines who work in office and administrative support (14.50%), sales jobs (11.94%), and management occupations (9.50%).

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

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Des Plaines 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 Des Plaines area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Des Plaines citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.67% of adults in Des Plaines have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Des Plaines in 2010 was $30,988, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $123,952 for a family of four. However, Des Plaines contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Des Plaines is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Des Plaines home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Des Plaines residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Des Plaines also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Des Plaines include Polish, Irish, Italian, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Des Plaines's cultural character, accounting for 30.26% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Des Plaines is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.