Des Plaines, IL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Des Plaines, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Des Plaines had a population of 59,757 as of July 1, 2016. Des Plaines ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Des Plaines is located at latitude 42.0351 and longitude -87.9011 in Cook County. The formal boundaries for the City of Des Plaines (see map below) encompass a land area of 14.28 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Cook County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 633 feet.

The City of Des Plaines (GNIS ID: 2394524) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Des Plaines is located within Township of Maine, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cook County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Des Plaines population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Des Plaines: Desplaines Station, Maine, Rand.

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Des Plaines, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 59,757
Population in Households 59,074
Population in Familes 48,344
Population in Group Qrtrs 683
Population Density1 4,184
Diversity Index2 60


Total Households 23,319
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 15,076
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 24,487 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,046 (73.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,273 (21.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,168 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $256,244
Average Home Value $274,098


Median Household Income $64,480
Average Household Income $82,918
Per Capita Income $32,893
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.38% 0.28%
Households 0.43% 0.33%
Families 0.27% 0.21%
Median Household Income   2.16%
Per Capita Income   1.55%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Des Plaines, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Des Plaines to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 20 99th
Population Density1 # 80 94th
Diversity Index2 # 114 92nd
Median Household Income # 303 78th
Per Capita Income # 243 82nd

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