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Overview

Introduction to Gurnee, Illinois

Gurnee, Illinois, in Lake county, is 3 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center) and 37 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. The village is located in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Gurnee History

Early settlers arrived in the village of Gurnee from the town of Warren, New York, on foot and horseback. The village of Gurnee was named in honor of the former Chicago Mayor, Walter S. Gurnee. The Milwaukee Road entered the area in 1836, having been laid out by three early settlers, Mark Noble, Thomas McClure, and Richard Steele. The village of Gurnee received major rainfall in May 2004, resulting in the worst flooding in eighteen years.

Gurnee and nearby Attractions

  • Warren - Newport Public Library
  • Gurnee Village Hall
  • Grand Tri State Business Park
  • Village Church of Gurnee
  • Merit Club Golf Course
  • Woodlawn Park

Things To Do In Gurnee

While in Gurnee, one can visit Gurney Mills, Lambs Corners, Dillys Corners, and Grand Tri State Business Park. Those interested in learning about the historical and cultural background of Gurnee can visit the public library and the village hall. The local Village Church of Gurnee and the Warren Cemetery are also worth seeing. One can spend a fun-filled day with family and friends at Woodlawn Park, Pembroke Community Park, Prairie Oaks Park, Six Flags Great America, and Viking Park. For golf lovers, the ideal places to visit are Merit Club Golf Course and Heather Ridge Golf Course.

Gurnee Transportation

Kenosha Regional Airport is nearby.

Gurnee Higher Education

Among the higher educational institutes near the village of Gurnee are the College of Lake County, Trinity International University, and Gateway Technical College.

People

Total Population 31,136
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 16,264
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 55.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.1%
Median Earnings25+ $52,329
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $32,802
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,620

Wealth

Median Family Income $103,537
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,147
Median House Value $252,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.8%
Irish 13%

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

Gurnee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60031
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.37
Longitude -87.901

Gurnee 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 WAUKEGAN
Distance 1.7 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 LAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance 9.5 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 RACINE
Distance 23.6 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 35.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beach Park 13,833 $71,225

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

Gurnee Public Libraries

Library
Warren-newport P.l.d.r
224 NORTH O'PLAINE ROAD
Gurnee, Illinois
(847) 244-5150

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Gurnee High Schools

WARREN TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL
34090 ALMOND RD
847-662-1400
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 3,627 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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