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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 10,539
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,199
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 46.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.1%
Median Earnings25+ $39,790
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,076
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,856

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,026
% Above Poverty Level 88.6%
% Below Poverty Level 11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 42 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $861
Median House Value $147,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.2%
US/American 0%
English 4.6%
Irish 13.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LAKE VILLA 2 NE
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
Station WAUKEGAN
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
Station MARENGO
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fox Lake Public Libraries

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Fox Lake P.l.d.
255 E. GRAND AVE.
Fox Lake, Illinois
(847) 587-0198

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Fox Lake High Schools

GRANT COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
285 E GRAND AVE
847-587-2561
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,416 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

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