Des Plaines 71 Excellent
Des Plaines Livability #374 ranked city in Illinois#11,525 ranked city in the USARanks better than 60% of areas
A+ Des Plaines Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Des Plaines Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% higher than Illinois
Des Plaines
11212% more expensive than the US average
982% 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 47% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,19652% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8452% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-9%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
D- Des Plaines User Ratings There are a total of 10 ratings in Des Plaines
Overall user rating
52% 10 total ratings
User reviews rating
42% 5 total reviews
User surveys rating
76% 5 total surveys
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      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%.

      Des Plaines transportation information

      StatisticDes PlainesIllinoisNational
      Average one way commute28min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work79.5%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.5%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.0%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.2%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home4.2%4.4%4.6%

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