Des Plaines, IL

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Living in Des Plaines

Des Plaines is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 58,899 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.

Des Plaines is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Des Plaines is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Des Plaines who work in office and administrative support (11.14%), sales jobs (10.25%), and management occupations (9.85%).

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.

One downside of living in Des Plaines, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.37 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Des Plaines is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Des Plaines, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Des Plaines citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 38.15% of adults in Des Plaines have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Des Plaines in 2018 was $35,463, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $141,852 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 19.19% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Des Plaines include Polish, German, Irish, Italian, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Des Plaines's cultural character, accounting for 32.47% of the city’s population.

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