Lake Zurich, Illinois

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Lake Zurich, Illinois

Introduction to Lake Zurich, Illinois

Lake Zurich, Illinois, in Lake county, is 6 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center) and 32 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. Part of the surrounding Chicago metro area, the village is not an isolated village. Lake Zurich is home to some 18,104 residents.

Lake Zurich History

The area now known as Lake Zurich was first settled in the 1830s. George Ela and Seth Paine were the early settlers. Farmers from New England arrived in the 1830s and 1840s. Lake Zurich was incorporated as a village on September 19th, 1896, and was connected to the railroad during the year 1910. Lake Zurich was primarily a farming community; however, the highway system, built in the 1920s, established Lake Zurich as a popular summer resort.

Lake Zurich and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Hill Heritage Museum
  • Lake County Discovery Museum
  • Racing Rapids Water Park
  • Santa's Village - Illinois
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Moraine Hills State Park

Things To Do In Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich offers a number of recreational facilities. There are numerous local parks and playgrounds such as Buffalo Creek Park, Paulus Park, Breezewald Park, Betty Park, Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park, Heatherleigh Park, Kuechmann Park, and Old Mill Grove Park. You can also visit the Countryside West Soccer Park. The village offers a number of shopping centers including Lakeview Plaza Shopping Center, Lake Zurich Retail Center Shopping Center, Lake Zurich Square Shopping Center, Village Square Shopping Center, and Lake Zurich Shopping Center.

Lake Zurich Transportation

The nearest international airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Lake Zurich Higher Education

William Rainey Harper College and College of Lake County are the nearby colleges.

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High Points

Lake Zurich 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 5% trophy Lake Zurich People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Lake Zurich Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Lake Zurich Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Lake Zurich College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Lake Zurich, Illinois

Comparing Lake Zurich 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 8 9
Racial Diversity 7 9
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Age of the Population 4 3
Female Share of the Population 2 2
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 10 10
College Educated Adults 9 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 9
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Rents 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
People Living Alone 1 1

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Lake Zurich Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Palatine, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60047
Company Zip Codes 60049
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.196
Longitude -88.093

Lake Zurich Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.7 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
Station ELGIN
Distance 13.3 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 15.1 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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Lake Zurich Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 18,104 100%
Male 9,081 50.2%
Female 9,023 49.8%
Under 18 6,173 34.1%
18+ 11,931 65.9%
65+ 1,062 5.9%
Median Age 34.7
Average Family Size 3.42
White 16,711 92.3%
African-American 146 0.8%
Asian 691 3.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 30 0.2%
Other 357 2%
Mixed Race 167 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,005 5.6%

Estimated Lake Zurich Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 20,045
Growth 1,941
Growth % 10.7%

Lake Zurich 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 23.6%
Polish 14.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.2%
Irish 10.2%
Italian 9.3%
English 4.8%
US/American 4.7%
Swedish 2.9%
French (except Basque) 2%
Norwegian 1.7%
Greek 1.7%
Scottish 1.1%
Czech 0.9%
Danish 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
European 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Slovak 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
British 0.4%
Croatian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Serbian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Echo Lake (60047)

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 Zurich 18,104 $89,874
Deer Park 3,102 $166,838
Fox River Valley Gardens 788 $88,700
Hawthorn Woods 6,002 $134,034
North Barrington 2,918 $152,474
South Barrington 3,760 $174,318
Tower Lakes 1,310 $139,764

Lake Zurich Public Libraries

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(847) 438-3433
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369 S Rand Rd
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Wal-mart in Lake Zurich

(As of 2006)
820 South Rand
(847) 438-2200
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Lake Zurich High Schools (2004)

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Serves 2,024 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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