DeKalb 60 Below average
DeKalb Livability #1,000 ranked city in Illinois#22,924 ranked city in the USARanks better than 21% of areas
A+ DeKalb Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ DeKalb Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than Illinois
937% less expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
DeKalb cost of living
F DeKalb Crime Total crime is 60% higher than Illinois
Total crime
3,60445% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2845% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
16%Year over year crime is up
DeKalb crime
F DeKalb Employment Household income is 35% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$38,64730% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,13632% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%75% higher than the US average
DeKalb employment
F DeKalb Housing Home value is 14% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$150,20019% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$84811% lower than the US average
Home ownership
40%37% lower than the US average
DeKalb real estate or DeKalb rentals
F DeKalb Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
88%6% higher than the US average
School test scores
26%47% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:19% higher than the US average
DeKalb K-12 schools
B DeKalb User Ratings There are a total of 5 ratings in DeKalb
Overall user rating
73% 5 total ratings
User reviews rating
70% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
75% 4 total surveys
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      Living in DeKalb, IL

      Located in the state of Illinois, DeKalb is a moderately-sized city with a population of 43,269 residents. The majority of DeKalb residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. DeKalb could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 25 years old is below the nation’s average.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in DeKalb, Illinois. To help you find the best places to live in and around DeKalb, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, education, employment, housing and more.

      With a livability score of 57/100, DeKalb is ranked #26,099 in the United States and #1,181 in Illinois. Compared to the United States average, this area has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. This city ranks so poorly that more than 90% of the cities in all of the USA have a higher score. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that DeKalb ranks very well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B-). DeKalb does not rank well for the following: crime (F), weather (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in DeKalb, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Ellwood House Museum, Shabbona Lake State Park, and DEKALB Ag Memories.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in DeKalb is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in DeKalb come in at $150,200, which is 14.1% lower than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In DeKalb, the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 30% higher than the Illinois average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in DeKalb will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In DeKalb, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 9.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 2.7%.

      DeKalb transportation information

      Average one way commute22min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work70.8%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.4%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.3%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.4%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk7.9%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home2.7%4.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The DeKalb, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).