Lake, Illinois

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Lake, Illinois

Introduction to Lake In The Hills, Illinois

Lake In The Hills, Illinois, in McHenry county, is 10 miles N of Elgin, Illinois (center to center) and 41 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is conveniently located inside the Chicago metropolitan area. There are an estimated 23,152 people in Lake In The Hills.

Lake In The Hills History

The village of Lake in the Hills was founded by Federal Judge Walter J. La Buy in 1923. La Buy purchased 472 acres of the land in 1926 and built five stucco homes. Lake in the Hills, in its early days, was a popular vacation spot and attracted numerous visitors from the Chicago area. It was incorporated as a village on November 29, 1952. Raymond Platt became the first mayor of the village. The first shopping center of Lake in the Hills was constructed in 1987.

Lake In The Hills and nearby Attractions

  • Indian Trail Beach
  • Dundee Township Historical Society Museum
  • Butch Hagele Beach
  • Santa's Village - Illinois
  • Racing Rapids Water Park
  • Fox River Trolley Museum

Things To Do In Lake In The Hills

Lake In The Hills offers a number of scenic parks and nature preserve where you can spend your leisure hours. The Lake In The Hills Fen Nature Preserve boasts of many scenic trails. You can also visit the Leroy Guy Park, Sunset Park, Ken Carpenter Park, Morningside Park, Bark Park, and Barbara Key Park. Golf facilities are available at the Boulder Ridge Golf Course and Country Club. You can also enjoy fishing and boating on Woods Creek Lake.

Lake In The Hills Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.

Lake In The Hills Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided by McHenry County College, William Rainey Harper College, Waubonsee Community College, and Elgin Community College.

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High Points

Lake 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 3% trophy Lake People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Lake Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 14% Lake College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Lake Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Lake, Illinois

Comparing 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 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Racial Diversity 7 9
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Age of the Population 2 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Working at Home 7 7
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3
Short Commute Times 1 1


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

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Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles N of Elgin, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 41 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County McHenry
Standard Zip Codes 60102, 60156
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.181
Longitude -88.33

Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station ELGIN
Distance 8.3 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Distance 14.6 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
Distance 22 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
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Lake Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 23,152 100%
Male 11,618 50.2%
Female 11,534 49.8%
Under 18 7,744 33.4%
18+ 15,408 66.6%
65+ 768 3.3%
Median Age 30.7
Average Family Size 3.35
White 21,206 91.6%
African-American 347 1.5%
Asian 770 3.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 33 0.1%
Other 430 1.9%
Mixed Race 362 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,462 6.3%

Estimated Lake Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 28,786
Growth 5,634
Growth % 24.3%

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 22.1%
Italian 15.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.2%
Polish 12.8%
Irish 11.7%
English 4%
US/American 3.1%
Swedish 2.5%
Norwegian 2%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Greek 1%
Czech 1%
European 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
British 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
Scandinavian 0.6%
Scottish 0.6%
Dutch 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
French Canadian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Croatian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Ghanian 0.2%
Jordanian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Lake 23,152 $76,921
Algonquin 23,276 $84,437
Barrington Hills 3,915 $156,002
Crystal Lake 38,000 $75,396
Huntley 5,730 $65,433
Lakewood 2,337 $116,893
Trout Valley 599 $102,603
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