Vernon Hills, Illinois

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Vernon Hills, Illinois

Introduction to Vernon Hills, Illinois

Vernon Hills, Illinois, in Lake county, is 8 miles N of Palatine, Illinois and 30 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area. There are 20,120 residents in Vernon Hills.

Vernon Hills History

Vernon Hills was founded in 1851 as a 200 acre farm. Development was sluggish until a part of the land was bought in 1950 for the development of a golf course and a residential community. The area was named Vernon Hills around the same time. It was incorporated as a village in 1958. In 1971, an additional plot of land was annexed to Vernon Hills, where a huge commercial hub named Hawthorn Center was built. This helped facilitate rapid development of the area.

Vernon Hills and nearby Attractions

  • Vernon Hills Golf Course
  • Cuneo Museum
  • White Deer Run Golf Course
  • Westfield Hawthorn (formerly Hawthorn Center)
  • Aspen Park
  • Zanies Comedy Club

Things To Do In Vernon Hills

There are some excellent shopping and dining areas in the city. It also has several parks which provide all modern amenities. There are two well maintained golf courses in Vernon Hills as well. The city is also home to a number of lakes which are popular recreational spots.

Vernon Hills Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Vernon Hills Higher Education

One can pursue higher studies at Trinity International University, College of Lake County, William Rainey Harper College and Oakton Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Vernon Hills Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Vernon Hills Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Vernon Hills College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 9% Vernon Hills Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Vernon Hills Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Vernon Hills Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Vernon Hills People in Middle Class or Better
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Vernon Hills Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Vernon Hills, Illinois

Comparing Vernon Hills 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
Racial Diversity 9 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 9
Male Share of the Population 6 6
Female Share of the Population 5 5
Age of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 7 8


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Short Commute Times 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
People Living Alone 5 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4
Affordability of Rents 2 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1

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Vernon Hills Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Palatine, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60061
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.219
Longitude -87.979

Vernon Hills Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.3 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 15.5 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 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
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Vernon Hills Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,120 100%
Male 9,732 48.4%
Female 10,388 51.6%
Under 18 5,871 29.2%
18+ 14,249 70.8%
65+ 1,219 6.1%
Median Age 34.3
Average Family Size 3.24
White 16,470 81.9%
African-American 340 1.7%
Asian 2,348 11.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 21 0.1%
Other 588 2.9%
Mixed Race 347 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,446 7.2%

Estimated Vernon Hills Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 23,957
Growth 3,837
Growth % 19.1%

Vernon Hills 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.6%
German 13.6%
Irish 10.9%
Polish 7.7%
Italian 7.6%
Russian 5%
English 3.8%
Swedish 3.7%
US/American 3.5%
Ukrainian 2.2%
Norwegian 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Scottish 0.9%
Greek 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Romanian 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
British 0.6%
Eastern European 0.5%
Slovak 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
European 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Serbian 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Latvian 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Arab/Arabic 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Vernon Hills 20,120 $83,806
Buffalo Grove 42,909 $92,583
Hawthorn Woods 6,002 $134,034
Indian Creek 194 $90,723
Long Grove 6,735 $153,996
Mettawa 367 $153,129
Mundelein 30,935 $75,083

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Wal-mart in Vernon Hills

(As of 2006)
555 Townline Road
(847) 918-0555
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Student/teacher ratio: 15.7

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