About the City
The City of DeKalb was founded in 1837. DeKalb is also known as "Barb City" as a DeKalb farmer John Glidden is mainly attributed with inventing barbed wire. The City is host to Northern Illinois University.
According to the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census, the population of DeKalb was 44,495 as of 2007.
The City is the host organization for the DeKalb Sycamore Area Transportation Study (DSATS). DeKalb has 3 votes on the DSATS Policy Committee, including the Mayor, 1 Council Member, and the City Manager. The City Engineer serves as the 1 voting member on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The City Engineering Department provides the staffing and office space for the DSATS organization.