The City of DeKalb is an urban community with a vital industrial and commercial base placed in a rural setting. Home to Northern Illinois University, it is an integral part of the larger metropolitan area. Its downtown is the heart of the community, playing host to numerous events and providing unique dining, shopping and entertainment alternatives. Its diverse neighborhoods offer a variety of housing options to residents of different economic, ethnic, and lifestyle backgrounds. Its highly educated workforce finds plentiful opportunity for fulfilling work. The community offers a high quality of life with excellent city services, easy mobility around the community, and access to cultural, sports and educational activities. Its residents are proud to call DeKalb home.