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Overview of DeKalb

Head outside of Chicago for a little more than an hour on Interstate 88 and you will run into the charming city of DeKalb, Ill. With both urban and rural roots, this town has a distinct personality that attracts many Illinois residents to DeKalb apartments for rent. Many students and commuters are also drawn to this area every school year because it is the home of Northern Illinois University - the second largest campus in the state. The word is out on this great town, as DeKalb has seen a 12 percent increase in population from 2000 to 2010, according to City-Data. Because of everything that this quaint city has to offer, DeKalb is growing and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Living in DeKalb, IL

DeKalb is known as "Barb City" due to the fact that barbed wire was invented here. The city has evolved over the years as a prime manufacturing and agribusiness hub in Illinois. As the city of Chicago has grown over the years, many Illinois suburban residents have also chosen DeKalb as their new home because of its affordability. According to City-Data, DeKalb's cost of living index is not much more than the U.S. national average, despite its thriving college atmosphere and nearby location to a major metropolis. It is also a young city due to its college population, and many residents refer to DeKalb as a "communiversity" because of the close relationship the city has with Northern Illinois University. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, DeKalb is home to more than 43,800 residents.

DeKalb Attractions and Special Events

DeKalb is home to a variety of outdoor activities, including many parks and forest preserves. The city has taken great care to maintain the forests that were once inhabited by Potawatomi Native Americans. Green spaces like the Prairie Oaks Forest Preserve, Chief Shabbona Preserve and the Nehring Preserve all provide hiking trails, picnicking and winter sports like toboggan for DeKalb residents.

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