Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

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Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

Introduction to Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, in Lake county, is 7 miles S of Kenosha, Wisconsin and 39 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are 6,670 residents in the village.

Winthrop Harbor History

In 1883, J.H. Van Vlissingen planned to develop the present-day territory of Winthrop Harbor. However, the area was not platted until 1889, when the Winthrop Harbor and Dock Company purchased 2,000 acres of land in the area. The village was officially incorporated in 1901. Winthrop Harbor was primarily intended for industrial development, but it remained a rural and residential community throughout the 20th century.

Winthrop Harbor and nearby Attractions

  • North Point Marina
  • Cuneo Museum & Gardens
  • Chain O'Lakes State Park
  • Kenosha Public Museum
  • Fort Hills Heritage Museum
  • Illinois Beach State Park

Things To Do In Winthrop Harbor

The North Point Marina is the largest marina on the Great Lakes and offers visitors a host of recreational facilities like charter fishing and swimming on its public beaches. It also features a 240-acre forest preserve. The Cuneo Museum & Gardens, the Kenosha Public Museum and the Fort Hills Heritage Museum are some of the nearby museums and historical sites. The Chain O'Lakes State Park and the Illinois Beach State Park are some of the other popular attractions close by.

Winthrop Harbor Transportation

General Mitchell International is the nearest major airport.

Winthrop Harbor Higher Education

Gateway Technical College, the College of Lake County, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Trinity International University are all located nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Winthrop Harbor Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Winthrop Harbor People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Winthrop Harbor Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

Comparing Winthrop Harbor 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
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Racial Diversity 5 8
Age of the Population 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 5
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 2 2


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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 9
College Educated Adults 5 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 5 6
Short Commute Times 3 4
Working at Home 3 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


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

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Winthrop Harbor Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles S of Kenosha, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60096
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.478
Longitude -87.823

Winthrop Harbor Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.1 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 34.7 inches
Distance 9.4 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 12.8 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
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Winthrop Harbor Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,670 100%
Male 3,342 50.1%
Female 3,328 49.9%
Under 18 1,826 27.4%
18+ 4,844 72.6%
65+ 540 8.1%
Median Age 36.2
Average Family Size 3.17
White 6,256 93.8%
African-American 38 0.6%
Asian 127 1.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 33 0.5%
Other 101 1.5%
Mixed Race 114 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 303 4.5%

Estimated Winthrop Harbor Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,090
Growth 420
Growth % 6.3%

Winthrop Harbor 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 18.4%
Irish 11%
English 9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9%
US/American 8.8%
Polish 6.2%
Italian 5.2%
French (except Basque) 4.3%
Swedish 3.7%
Norwegian 3.5%
Finnish 3.2%
Scottish 2.7%
Yugoslavian 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 2%
French Canadian 1.6%
Danish 1%
Dutch 1%
Greek 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Russian 0.6%
European 0.6%
Welsh 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Haitian 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Serbian 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Luxemburger 0.2%
British 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Winthrop Harbor 6,670 $69,442
Beach Park 10,072 $65,064
Gurnee 28,834 $88,932
Old Mill Creek 251 $92,529
Wadsworth 3,083 $92,060
Waukegan 87,901 $47,341
Zion 22,866 $50,378
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