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DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, in the Chicago metro area.

The community was named after Johann Kalb, major-general killed in the Revolutionary War
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named DeKalb. For links to other places called DeKalb, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of DeKalb is 41.936N. The longitude is -88.772W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 879 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 41,348.


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Median household income
Local
$35,153
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our DeKalb demographic reports
DeKalb is on the South Branch of the Kishwaukee River
Joseph E. Glidden invented barbed wire here in 1874

The country's first farm bureau was founded in DeKalb

Well-known residents have included:
· Cindy Crawford, model
· Barbara Hale, actress (Della Street on "Perry Mason")
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
  • Corn Festival - Aug. 24-26, 2007
  • Midwest Tattoo - March 31-April 1, 2007
Dates often change. Check DeKalb web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Shabbona Lake State Park
Historic routes: Lincoln Highway
Historic sites and museums: Ellwood House Museum and Park, Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center, Barb City Motorcycle Museum
Colleges and universities: Northern Illinois University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 77

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Ancestry & family history

22% of DeKalb residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the DeKalb ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in DeKalb was $16,261, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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38% of DeKalb residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in DeKalb, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $499.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,230.


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Libraries in DeKalb include Dekalb Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in DeKalb include Daily Chronicle

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WNIU.

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DeKalb County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our DeKalb political report.

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The average commute time for DeKalb workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in DeKalb between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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