Island Lake, Illinois

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Island Lake, Illinois

Introduction to Island Lake, Illinois

Island Lake, Illinois, in Lake county, is 14 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois and 40 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village’s population is approximately 8,153.

Island Lake History

After the Great Depression, the National Mortgage Company took control over this area and developed it as Island Lake Estates, attracting a vast number of settlers. Island Lake was incorporated on June 23, 1952.

Island Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Lake County Discovery Museum
  • Deerfield Historic Village
  • Illinois Beach State Park
  • Aquarium Adventure
  • Illinois Railway Museum

Things To Do In Island Lake

Local museums include the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, the Elgin Area Historical Society and Museum, and the Lake County Discovery Museum. The Illinois Beach State Park offers swimming, hiking, biking and camping opportunities, and is accessible from Island Lake. The Deerfield Historic Village houses a museum and the Casper Ott Log House, which is the oldest building in Lake County.

Island Lake Transportation

Flights are available from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Island Lake Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include the College of Lake County, Elgin Community College, Lake Forest College, Trinity International University and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Island Lake Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 15% Island Lake Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 16% Island Lake Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 18% Island Lake Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Island Lake, Illinois

Comparing Island 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
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Racial Diversity 6 8
Female Share of the Population 2 3
Age of the Population 2 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Public Transportation Use 6 7
Walking and Biking to Work 5 6
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
People Living Alone 2 2
Affordability of Rents 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2

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Island Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60042
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.276
Longitude -88.191

Island 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 11.1 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Distance 12.6 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 16.6 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
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Island Lake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,153 100%
Male 4,048 49.7%
Female 4,105 50.3%
Under 18 2,611 32%
18+ 5,542 68%
65+ 361 4.4%
Median Age 32.2
Average Family Size 3.31
White 7,647 93.8%
African-American 40 0.5%
Asian 132 1.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 13 0.2%
Other 222 2.7%
Mixed Race 98 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 679 8.3%

Estimated Island Lake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,419
Growth 266
Growth % 3.3%

Island 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 26.6%
Polish 12.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12%
Irish 11.2%
Italian 9.7%
English 4.5%
Swedish 3.7%
US/American 3.1%
Norwegian 3%
Dutch 1.7%
Scottish 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Danish 1.3%
Greek 0.9%
Czech 0.8%
Austrian 0.8%
French Canadian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Slovene 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Island Lake 8,153 $67,500
Holiday Hills 831 $61,000
Lakemoor 2,788 $60,542
Oakwood Hills 2,194 $70,875
Prairie Grove 960 $102,087
Volo 180 $45,625
Wauconda 9,448 $69,576
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