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Des Plaines is a city in Cook County, in the Chicago metro area.

The community was named after the Des Plaines River.

The latitude of Des Plaines is 42.033N. The longitude is -87.883W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 633 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 56,450.


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Median household income
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$53,638
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Des Plaines demographic reports
Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald's restaurant here in 1955.
Filming location for:
· 1985 movie, "The Breakfast Club"
Well-known residents have included:
· John Wayne Gacy, serial killer
Des Plaines attractions: Brookfield Zoo, Friendship Park Conservatory
Historic sites and museums: Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, McDonald's #1 Store Museum, Des Plaines Historical Museum
Colleges and universities: Oakton Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 75
Municipal address:
1420 Miner St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016

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18% of Des Plaines residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Des Plaines ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Des Plaines was $24,146, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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

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Median rent in Des Plaines, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $710.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,364.


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Libraries in Des Plaines include Des Plaines Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Des Plaines include Des Plaines Journal

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Cook County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Des Plaines political report.

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Des Plaines restaurants taking online reservations include David's Bistro ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Des Plaines workers is 27 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 12 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Des Plaines between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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