Grayslake, Illinois

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Grayslake, Illinois

Introduction to Grayslake, Illinois

Grayslake, Illinois, in Lake county, is 10 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center) and 39 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Grayslake has a population of 18,506.

Grayslake History

The area now known as Grayslake was first settled in 1836. The Rich family from New York were one of the early settlers in this area. The Wisconsin Central Railroad station was built in 1886. The post office was also established in the same year. The first doctor in the area was Dr. Schaffer, who settled here in 1889. Grayslake was incorporated as a village in 1895. The Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad first entered the village in 1899.

Grayslake and nearby Attractions

  • Six Flags Great America
  • Volo Auto Museum
  • Chain O' Lakes Area ArtWorks Children's Museum
  • Lake County Discovery Museum
  • Illinois Beach State Park
  • Moraine Hills State Park

Things To Do In Grayslake

While staying in Grayslake, you can visit Round Lake and Round Lake Beach. The village also offers a recreational lake known as Gray’s Lake. In addition, you can visit Jaycee Park, Daniel Barry Memorial Skate Park, and Central Park. The Esper A. Petersen Foundation Family Aquatic Center is also worth visiting. In addition, the Village of Grayslake organizes a number of recreational events and programs throughout the year.

Grayslake Transportation

Air transportation is available from Kenosha Regional Airport.

Grayslake Higher Education

College of Lake County is the local college. Trinity International University and William Rainey Harper College are also nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Grayslake People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Grayslake College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 11% Grayslake Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Grayslake Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Grayslake Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 12% Grayslake Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Grayslake Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Grayslake, Illinois

Comparing Grayslake 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Male Share of the Population 8 7
Racial Diversity 7 8
Female Share of the Population 3 4
Age of the Population 2 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 9 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 9 10
People Above Poverty 9 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
Affordability of Rents 2 1
People Living Alone 2 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1

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Grayslake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60030
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.344
Longitude -88.041

Grayslake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.3 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 19.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 51 F
Jul Temp 64 to 79 F
Oct Temp 44 to 59 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
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Grayslake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,506 100%
Male 9,073 49%
Female 9,433 51%
Under 18 6,127 33.1%
18+ 12,379 66.9%
65+ 841 4.5%
Median Age 32.2
Average Family Size 3.31
White 16,840 91%
African-American 293 1.6%
Asian 783 4.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 35 0.2%
Other 314 1.7%
Mixed Race 235 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 920 5%

Estimated Grayslake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 21,099
Growth 2,593
Growth % 14%

Grayslake 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 24.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.5%
Irish 12.2%
Italian 8.7%
Polish 7.9%
English 5.9%
US/American 4.6%
Swedish 2.3%
Norwegian 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Dutch 1.5%
Russian 1.1%
Danish 1.1%
Greek 1.1%
Czech 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.7%
Scottish 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Croatian 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
European 0.4%
Serbian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Slovene 0.3%
British 0.3%
Iranian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.2%
African 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Bulgarian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Palestinian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Grayslake, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Wildwood (60030)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Grayslake 18,506 $81,503
Hainesville 2,129 $73,828
Lindenhurst 12,539 $78,271
Round Lake 5,842 $61,277
Round Lake Beach 25,859 $61,637
Round Lake Park 6,038 $48,369
Third Lake 1,355 $101,850

Grayslake Public Libraries

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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