Lake Bluff, Illinois

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Lake Bluff, Illinois

Introduction to Lake Bluff, Illinois

Lake Bluff, Illinois, in Lake county, is 5 miles S of Waukegan, Illinois and 30 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. As of the year 2000 census, 6,056 people lived in Lake Bluff.

Lake Bluff History

John and Catherine Cloes claimed 100 acres of land in Northern Illinois in the mid 1800s, on what would eventually became Lake Bluff. In 1875, the Lake Bluff Camp Meeting Association named the town Lake Bluff because it is situated on a bluff above Lake Michigan. Lake Bluff was incorporated as a village in 1895.

Lake Bluff and nearby Attractions

  • Arlington Heights Historical Museum
  • Charles Gates Dawes House
  • Chain O'Lakes State Park
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Leaning Tower of Niles

Things To Do In Lake Bluff

Local museums and historical sites include the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, the Cuneo Museum and Gardens, the Charles Gates Dawes House, the Deerfield Historic Village, the Frances Willard House and the Ward W. Willits House, among others. Local parks include the Chain O'Lakes State Park, the Illinois Beach State Park and the Volo Bog State Natural Area. Th Chicago Botanic Gardens, the Leaning Tower of Niles, the Friendship Park Conservatory and the Merrick Rose Garden are all accessible from Lake Bluff as well.

Lake Bluff Transportation

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is nearby.

Lake Bluff Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Lake Forest College, the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and Shimer College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Lake Bluff Low Rate of Poverty
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Lake Bluff College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Lake Bluff People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Lake Bluff Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Lake Bluff Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Lake Bluff Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Lake Bluff Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Lake Bluff, Illinois

Comparing Lake Bluff 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
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Age of the Population 8 8
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Racial Diversity 4 7
Senior Citizens 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 9


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 9
Housing Recently Built 5 7
People Living Alone 2 2
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1

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Lake Bluff Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles S of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60044
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.278
Longitude -87.834

Lake Bluff Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.5 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
Distance 16 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 29.2 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 35.3 inches
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Lake Bluff Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,056 100%
Male 2,926 48.3%
Female 3,130 51.7%
Under 18 1,992 32.9%
18+ 4,064 67.1%
65+ 729 12%
Median Age 39.4
Average Family Size 3.21
White 5,771 95.3%
African-American 31 0.5%
Asian 200 3.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0%
Other 14 0.2%
Mixed Race 36 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 72 1.2%

Estimated Lake Bluff Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,251
Growth 195
Growth % 3.2%

Lake Bluff 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 20%
Irish 15.9%
English 12.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.3%
Italian 7%
Swedish 5.9%
Polish 3.9%
US/American 2.7%
Scottish 2.5%
Norwegian 2.2%
Dutch 1.8%
Russian 1.7%
European 1.5%
Danish 1.5%
Greek 1.5%
Swiss 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 1.1%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Lithuanian 0.9%
British 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
Yugoslavian 0.6%
Iranian 0.6%
Czech 0.5%
African 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.5%
Nigerian 0.5%
Latvian 0.5%
Serbian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Belgian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Knollwood (60044)

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)
Lake Bluff 6,056 $124,674
Green Oaks 3,572 $133,462
Highwood 4,143 $53,000
Lake Forest 20,059 $165,512
Mettawa 367 $153,129
North Chicago 35,918 $40,485
Park City 6,637 $42,387

Lake Bluff Public Libraries

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Starbucks in Lake Bluff

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203 Waukegan Rd.
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