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A+ Des Plaines Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Des Plaines Cost of Living Cost of living is 16% higher than Illinois
Des Plaines
11515% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Des Plaines cost of living
A+ Des Plaines Crime Total crime is 56% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,07861% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 9361% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-7%Year over year crime is down
Des Plaines crime
C Des Plaines Employment Household income is 9% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$64,58217% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$30,9364% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%18% lower than the US average
Des Plaines employment
D+ Des Plaines Housing Home value is 37% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$238,90029% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0389% higher than the US average
Home ownership
77%21% higher than the US average
Des Plaines real estate or Des Plaines rentals
F Des Plaines Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
35%29% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Des Plaines K-12 schools or Des Plaines colleges

Living in Des Plaines, IL

Located in the state of Illinois, Des Plaines is a mid-sized city with a population of 58,755 people. Des Plaines has a population density of 4,096 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Des Plaines is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. 83% of the people in Des Plaines (over the age of 15) are married and 61% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Living in Des Plaines can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Illinois, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Des Plaines and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, education, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Illinois and national averages.

Des Plaines, IL receives 71/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #214 in Illinois and #9,116 in the USA. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Des Plaines has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (A+). On a more negative note, Des Plaines does not have favorable ranks for the following: cost of living (F), weather (D) and education (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Des Plaines has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Des Plaines has a violent crime rate of 105 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

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 Des Plaines is actually affordable. The median home price for Des Plaines homes is $238,900, which is 36.7% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Des Plaines, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.7, which is 23.3% higher than the Illinois average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Des Plaines were 3.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.3%.

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Compare Des Plaines, IL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Des Plaines, IL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Edison Park, Chicago774.811,128
O'hare, Chicago745.712,706
Forest Glen, Chicago747.918,298
Norwood Park, Chicago715.937,477
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Jefferson Park, Chicago717.626,594
North Center, Chicago6912.734,931
North Park, Chicago699.618,562
Dunning, Chicago687.843,244

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PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Indian Head Park, IL8618.43,823
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Algonquin, IL812330,413
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Lake in the Hills, IL8123.528,908
Pleasant Prairie, WI8135.820,395
Grandwood Park, IL8124.95,471
Schaumburg, IL809.474,366
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Des Plaines is a Dump

Lived in Des Plaines for 10 years and was the biggest mistake. We moved for the lower cost of living and at the time good school rankings for our kids. Luckily we just moved out as our kids move into junior high. The public school rankings have dropped precipitously since we moved here and the teacher turnover rate is extremely high. Des Plaines is basically a pass through town to expressways, airport, and surroundings better towns. A lot of train lines and busy intersections. Low income apartments and poor school rankings part due to the demographics of the town which keep the real estate prices depressed. The downtown area is far below the offerings to that of Arlington Heights, mount prospect, park ridge. If you’re looking to move northwest suburban Chicago pick any of the towns except Des Plaines.
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Des Plaines is a shit hole!

I've lived in DP all my life (40yrs). I have never seen a town go downhill so fast. Since 2008 this city has literally fallen apart. All decent Businesses have all left, the City Workers are laxy white trash. Des Plaines is riddled with potholes and broken train tracks.....What a dump Des plaines has turned into. Now the only kind of people that move here are illegal Mexicans!
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Awesome city

Des Plaines is very underrated. The river causes a few problems but they are few and far between. There are two train stations and a lot of bus routes running through the city. Crime is low. I love this city and there is so much to do. I'd move there in a heartbeat! It's the home of the 1st McDonalds. That is cool enough. The town is affordable with low property taxes. It is also very diverse. The schools are ok, not nearly as bad as Berwyn or Harvey.

Des Plaines has something for everyone. Visit it!!!! You won't regret it.
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Des Plaines, IL - Home of McDonalds

I have spent a considerable amount of time in Des Plaines, Il over the past few years. Des Plaines is home of one of the worlds busiest airports Chicago O'Hare and is located about 15 miles outside of downtown Chicago. The restaurants in Des Plaines are fantastic with a wide selection of chain restaurants and local eateries. There is something to soothe anyone's taste. Shopping is fantastic in the area with many varieties of stores and small unique shops. This is a great place to visit with lots of things to do if you enjoy eating out and shopping.

One of the most interesting attractions in Des Plaines is the McDonalds Museum. It is a reconstruction of the original McDonalds. The museum gives a lot of history on the fast food chain and how they got their start. The nightlife is lacking in this area unfortunately but you can catch some great concerts at a variety of their concert venues. The area has many beautiful homes and great schools. The Des Plaines River also runs through the area and Forest Preserve.
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Des Plaines, IL - Not too Impressed

I have visited family in Des Plaines, Illinois on multiple occasions. Overall, I must say, I was not too impressed with this midwestern city. Perhaps I'm from Michigan and have a bit of a competitiveness when it comes to other midwestern cities, but this one was just dull.

This city is a suburb of Chicago. There is relatively flat land all round and many farms in the area. It is like going out into the middle of nowhere to visit Des Plaines. There are only about 55,000 people in Des Plaines.

There are not many restaurants to choose from in Des Plaines, Illinois. I did not have a fun time trying to find good places for going out at night either. I felt confined in this city and like everyone already knew each other.

In addition, I was not welcomed by the locals or other people in the suburb. Many people seem to keep to themselves and are not willing to extend a helping hand. Even at the airport, I needed help lifting my luggage and no one even offered to help.

I would not visit this city again, if it were not for the family that I know lives there.
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Source: The Des Plaines, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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