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Overview

Introduction to Darien, Illinois

Darien, Illinois, in Du Page county, is 6 miles NE of Bolingbrook, Illinois (center to center) and 18 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The city is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area.

Darien History

The earliest settlers in this area came from the New England States. The Thomas Andrus family was the first to settle here. They settled along a stage coach line and Thomas Andrus opened the Andrus Inn. The Inn served 15 stage coaches and also had a post office and a tavern. Andrus selected Cass as the name of the area. The Village of Lace was founded in 1890. Later the city of Darien was formed from the communities of Cass and Lace. It was incorporated as a city in 1969.

Darien and nearby Attractions

  • National Shrine of St. Therese
  • Carmelite Visitor Center
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Lemont Area Historical Society & Museum
  • Graue Mill and Museum
  • Green Meadows Golf Course

Things To Do In Darien

The Darien Park District has over 130 acres of parkland. The parks' facilities offer a variety of activities such as sports, fitness activities, and picnics. Recreational activities, and other special events, are regularly organized by the people of Darien. The city also has excellent golf courses. The surrounding areas also have interesting museums and parklands.

Darien Transportation

The Chicago Midway International Airport offers air transportation facilities.

Darien Higher Education

Higher education can be availed from Benedictine University, College of Dupage, Lewis University, and Elmhurst College.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,232
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens19.1%
Employed Population 16+11,274
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married56.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.6%
Median Earnings25+$51,902
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,865
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,127

Wealth

Median Family Income$98,409
% Above Poverty Level94.7%
% Below Poverty Level5.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.7%
% Using Public Transportation4.6%

Housing

People Living Alone27.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,144
Median House Value$298,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.2%
Polish14%
Irish13.6%
Italian11.7%
Czech4.7%
English4.1%
Lithuanian3.7%
Swedish2.2%
Dutch2.1%
Greek1.7%
Croatian1.6%
Arab1.6%
Serbian1.4%
Russian1.1%
Slovak1.1%
French Except Basque1%
Norwegian1%
Austrian0.8%
Scottish0.6%
Lebanese0.5%
African0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Palestinian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Jordanian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
German0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Darien Almanac

CategoryValue
County DuPage County
Standard Zip Codes60561
Phone Area Codes708
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.74
Approximate Longitude-87.97

Darien Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationWHEATON 3 SE
Distance6.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 32 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches
StationCHICAGO OHARE INTL AP
Distance16.4 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.2 inches
StationAURORA
Distance17.9 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burr Ridge10,736$169,655
Clarendon Hills8,641$161,131
Downers Grove49,555$113,277
Indian Head Park3,823$117,692

Darien Public Libraries

Indian Prairie Public Library District
401 PLAINFIELD ROAD
Darien, Illinois
(630) 887-8760

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Darien Public Schools

Cass Jr High School
8502 Bailey Rd
ZIP: 60561
(630) 985-1900
Middle
Total Enrollment 313
Concord Elem School
1019 Concord Pl
ZIP: 60561
(630) 968-3026
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Eisenhower Jr High School
1410 75th St
ZIP: 60561
(630) 964-5200
Middle
Total Enrollment 519
Elizabeth Ide Elem School
2000 Manning Rd
ZIP: 60561
(630) 783-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 299
Hinsdale South High School
7401 Clarendon Hills Rd
ZIP: 60561
(630) 468-4000
High
Total Enrollment 1629
Lace Elem School
7414 S Cass Ave
ZIP: 60561
(630) 968-2589
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Ladse Learning Center
7302 Clarendon Hills Rd
ZIP: 60561
(708) 482-1174
High
Total Enrollment 4
Mark Delay School
6801 Wilmette Ave
ZIP: 60561
(630) 852-0200
Primary
Total Enrollment 548

Darien Private Schools

Kindercare Learning Center
7906 S Cass Ave
ZIP: 60561
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Kingswood Academy
133 Plainfield Rd
ZIP: 60561
Elementary
Total Enrollment 144
Montessori Pebbles
7516 S Cass Ave
ZIP: 60561
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
St John Early Learning Center
7214 S Cass Ave
ZIP: 60561
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
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