Fox Lake, Illinois

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Fox Lake, Illinois

Introduction to Fox Lake, Illinois

Fox Lake, Illinois, in Lake county, is 17 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center) and 46 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is home to some 9,178 residents.

Fox Lake History

Fox Lake, founded in 1907, was first explored by French settlers in the 1600s. The area, named Nippersink in the 1800s, is located in McHenry County, which was established in 1836. The county, originally a part of Cook and LaSalle Counties, was named in honor of Major William McHenry. The village of Fox Lake was incorporated in 1907.

Fox Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Lakeland Shopping Center
  • Grant Hall Museum
  • Chain O' Lakes Area ArtWorks Children's Museum
  • Volo Bog State Natural Area
  • Volo Auto Museum
  • Moraine Hills State Park

Things To Do In Fox Lake

Fox Lake offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Grant Hall Museum provides absorbing insights into the history of this area. The Lakeland Shopping Center is the local shopping destination. Golf enthusiasts can play a round at the Fox Lake Country Club. The Volo Bog State Natural Area, the Chain O'Lakes State Park, and Moraine Hills State Park are also nearby.

Fox Lake Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Fox Lake Higher Education

College of Lake County, William Rainey Harper College, and McHenry County College are in the neighborhood.

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High Points

Fox Lake strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Fox Lake Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 13% Fox Lake Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Fox Lake Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Fox Lake, Illinois

Comparing Fox Lake to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Age of the Population 6 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 6
Senior Citizens 5 5
Racial Diversity 4 7
Female Share of the Population 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 1
Average Household Size 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
Median Family Income 7 8
People Above Poverty 7 6
College Educated Adults 4 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5
Working at Home 3 3
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
People Living Alone 9 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2

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Fox Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 46 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60020
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.396
Longitude -88.183

Fox Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.5 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
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Fox Lake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 9,178 100%
Male 4,607 50.2%
Female 4,571 49.8%
Under 18 2,079 22.7%
18+ 7,099 77.3%
65+ 1,281 14%
Median Age 37
Average Family Size 2.98
White 8,764 95.5%
African-American 70 0.8%
Asian 60 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 22 0.2%
Other 141 1.5%
Mixed Race 116 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 533 5.8%

Estimated Fox Lake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,736
Growth 1,558
Growth % 17%

Fox Lake Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 24.6%
Irish 12.7%
Polish 12%
Italian 10.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.4%
English 4.1%
US/American 3.2%
French (except Basque) 3.1%
Swedish 3.1%
Norwegian 2%
Scottish 1.8%
Danish 1.2%
Russian 1%
Dutch 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Czech 0.7%
Czechoslovakian 0.6%
Yugoslavian 0.6%
Slovak 0.5%
Finnish 0.5%
Icelander 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
European 0.4%
British 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Luxemburger 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Fox Lake 9,178 $58,843
Johnsburg 5,391 $73,491
Lakemoor 2,788 $60,542
Round Lake Beach 25,859 $61,637
Round Lake Heights 1,347 $60,000
Spring Grove 3,880 $82,996
Volo 180 $45,625

Fox Lake Public Libraries

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Fox Lake High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,416 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

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