Even if you would prefer not to commute to work every day, Des Plaines still has plenty of options for local employment. The largest portions of the population work in the fields of sales, business, finance, healthcare, construction and production. A few of the local schools as well as Rivers Casino, the Holy Family Medical Center and UOP oil and engineering have the most residents working for them. With an income per capita a few thousand dollars above the national average, comfortable living is also affordable living. If you have kids, there are several public grade schools to get them the basic education they need as well as the higher education campuses of Oakton Community College, Northwestern College and Harper College.

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If you have the desire to live close to the nearly unlimited entertainment of a big bustling metropolis but would also rather have a home that's away from it all, you should take a look at Des Plaines, Illinois. This suburb of over 14 square miles and around 60,000 inhabitants is under an hour away from Chicago. The houses and condominiums that are available for purchase tend to be quite affordable, ranging from the mid $100,000s to the mid $200,000s depending on your needs. Most houses are single-story and earth-toned with multiple bedrooms and ample grassy yard space for family enjoyment.

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