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Des Plaines, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Des Plaines had a population of 59,445 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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Des Plaines, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 59,445
Daytime Population: Workers 39,829
Daytime Population: Residents 28,289
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 68,118
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.15
Population in Households 58,759
Population in Familes 48,100
Population in Group Qrtrs 686
Population Density2 4,162
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $68,830
Average Household Income $87,840
Per Capita Income $34,770


Total Housing Units 24,486 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,868 (73.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,293 (21.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,326 ( 5.4%)
Median Home Value $259,085
Average Home Value $276,536


Total Households 23,160
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 14,958
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.25% 0.18%
Households 0.28% 0.2%
Families 0.12% 0.09%
Median Household Income   2.25%
Per Capita Income   2.42%

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, 2017 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 Density # 80 94th
Diversity Index # 113 92nd
Median Household Income # 277 80th
Per Capita Income # 226 84th

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