Libertyville, Illinois

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Libertyville, Illinois

Introduction to Libertyville, Illinois

Libertyville, Illinois, in Lake county, is 7 miles SW of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center) and 33 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The people of the village are in the Chicago metropolitan area. Libertyville has a population of 20,742.

Libertyville History

The Potawatomi Indians inhabited the village of Libertyville until 1829. George Vardin was the first white settler of the area. He built a cabin at the site of present day Cook Memorial Public Library District. The area at that time was known as Vardin's Grove. Dr. Jesse Foster was the first practicing physician of Libertyville, and Horace Butler was its first lawyer. The area was named Independence Grove in 1836. The name was changed to Libertyville because there was another place by the name of Independence Grove in Illinois. The first post office was established on April 16, 1837. The Milwaukee Railroad entered the village in 1881. The Village of Libertyville was incorporated in 1882 and John Locke was elected as the first village president.

Libertyville and nearby Attractions

  • Ansel B. Cook Victorian Home Museum
  • David Adler Cultural Center
  • Cuneo Museum & Gardens
  • Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway
  • Six Flags Great America
  • Chain O' Lakes Area ArtWorks Children's Museum

Things To Do In Libertyville

There are a number of parks in Libertyville including Charles Brown Park, Adler Memorial Park, Nicholas-Dowden Park, Riverside Park, Bolander Park, Butler Lake Park, and Blueberry Hill Park. Boating and fishing can be enjoyed on Lake Minear, Saint Marys Lake, Butler Lake, and Liberty Lake. Golf enthusiasts can spend their leisure hours at Riverside Golf Course. Among the local shopping centers of Libertyville are Liberty Mill Plaza Shopping Center, New Towne Square Shopping Center, Village Shopping Center, Win-Mil Shopping Center, and Red Top Plaza Shopping Center.

Libertyville Transportation

The nearest airport is Kenosha Regional Airport.

Libertyville Higher Education

College of Lake County, William Rainey Harper College, and Trinity International University are close to the village.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Libertyville Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Libertyville Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Libertyville Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Libertyville People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Libertyville College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Libertyville Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Libertyville Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Libertyville, Illinois

Comparing Libertyville 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 Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Age of the Population 8 8
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Racial Diversity 6 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 6
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Senior Citizens 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 8 8


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 9 9
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
People Living Alone 3 3
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1

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Libertyville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SW of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60048
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60092
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.283
Longitude -87.953

Libertyville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.8 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
Distance 11.9 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 29.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 27 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
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Libertyville Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,742 100%
Male 9,987 48.1%
Female 10,755 51.9%
Under 18 5,874 28.3%
18+ 14,868 71.7%
65+ 2,406 11.6%
Median Age 39.2
Average Family Size 3.24
White 19,121 92.2%
African-American 211 1%
Asian 949 4.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 18 0.1%
Other 231 1.1%
Mixed Race 206 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 566 2.7%

Estimated Libertyville Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 21,760
Growth 1,018
Growth % 4.9%

Libertyville 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 19.4%
Irish 13.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11%
English 8.7%
Italian 8.5%
Polish 7.6%
Swedish 5.4%
US/American 3.4%
Norwegian 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.1%
French (except Basque) 2%
Scottish 1.7%
Greek 1.4%
Russian 1.4%
Dutch 1.2%
Danish 0.8%
European 0.8%
Croatian 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Czech 0.5%
Serbian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
British 0.4%
Brazilian 0.4%
Slovene 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Egyptian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Libertyville 20,742 $103,573
Green Oaks 3,572 $133,462
Indian Creek 194 $90,723
Mettawa 367 $153,129
Mundelein 30,935 $75,083
Park City 6,637 $42,387
Vernon Hills 20,120 $83,806

Libertyville Public Libraries

Cook Mem. P.l.d.
Libertyville, Illinois
(847) 362-2330

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Libertyville Hospitals

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(847) 990-5200
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Libertyville

(As of 2005)
542 N. Milwaukee Ave
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Serves 1,800 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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