Lake Villa, Illinois

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Lake Villa, Illinois

Introduction to Lake Villa, Illinois

Lake Villa, Illinois, in Lake county, is 12 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois and 43 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. About 5,864 people live in Lake Villa.

Lake Villa History

Lake Villa was first settled in the early 1800’s. It was a resort town and attracted many affluent tourists from the Chicago and Milwaukee areas. E. J. Lehmann, commonly known as the "Merchant Prince of State Street," was instrumental in the development of the town by bringing railroads to the area. He also established the first resort hotel in the town. Lake Villa was officially incorporated in 1901. It was known as the Lake Geneva of America during the 19th century.

Lake Villa and nearby Attractions

  • Six Flags Great America Amusement Park
  • Friendship Park Conservatory
  • Antioch Fine Arts Gallery
  • Art Works Children Museum
  • Shagbark Park

Things To Do In Lake Villa

The Six Flags Great America Amusement Park and Hurricane Harbor are each accessible from Lake Villa and offer various recreational opportunities. More local parks include the Moraine Hills State Park, the Illinois Beach State Park, Chain O'Lakes State Park and the Volo Bog State Natural Area. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Renwood Golf Course or at the Hickory Knoll Golf Course.

Lake Villa Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International is the nearest major airport.

Lake Villa Higher Education

Colleges and universities nearby include the College of Lake County, Gateway Technical College, McHenry County College and Trinity International University.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 11% Lake Villa College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 13% Lake Villa Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Lake Villa Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Lake Villa People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 16% Lake Villa Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Lake Villa Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Lake Villa, Illinois

Comparing Lake Villa 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 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Racial Diversity 5 7
Age of the Population 2 2
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


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


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Working at Home 4 4
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 8
People Living Alone 3 2
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1

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Lake Villa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 43 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60046
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.416
Longitude -88.073

Lake Villa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 1.2 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 10.8 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 RACINE
Distance 24.5 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 Villa Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,864 100%
Male 2,923 49.8%
Female 2,941 50.2%
Under 18 1,882 32.1%
18+ 3,982 67.9%
65+ 323 5.5%
Median Age 32.6
Average Family Size 3.2
White 5,450 92.9%
African-American 145 2.5%
Asian 96 1.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0.1%
Other 52 0.9%
Mixed Race 109 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 181 3.1%

Estimated Lake Villa Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,492
Growth 2,628
Growth % 44.8%

Lake Villa 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 27.3%
Irish 12.2%
Italian 9.8%
Polish 9.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
English 4.6%
US/American 4.5%
Norwegian 3.5%
Swedish 2.5%
Scottish 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
European 1.3%
Serbian 0.9%
Hungarian 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
Czech 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Dutch 0.6%
British 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Romanian 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Luxemburger 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Finnish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Slavic 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Australian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Chesney Shores (60046)
West Miltmore (60046)

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 Villa 5,864 $75,078
Antioch 8,788 $66,589
Lindenhurst 12,539 $78,271
Round Lake Beach 25,859 $61,637
Round Lake Heights 1,347 $60,000
Round Lake Park 6,038 $48,369
Third Lake 1,355 $101,850

Lake Villa Public Libraries

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(847) 356-7711
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Student/teacher ratio: 5.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 6

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