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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. 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.

People

Total Population 10,757
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,121
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 49.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.1%
Median Earnings25+ $36,977
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,472
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,900

Wealth

Median Family Income $66,889
% Above Poverty Level 87.9%
% Below Poverty Level 12.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 41 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $881
Median House Value $157,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.6%
US/American 0%
English 5.4%
Irish 14.9%

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

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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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285 E GRAND AVE
847-587-2561
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Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

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