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Overview

Introduction to Gurnee, Illinois

Gurnee, Illinois, in Lake county, is 3 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center) and 37 miles N of Chicago, Illinois. The village is located in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Gurnee History

Early settlers arrived in the village of Gurnee from the town of Warren, New York, on foot and horseback. The village of Gurnee was named in honor of the former Chicago Mayor, Walter S. Gurnee. The Milwaukee Road entered the area in 1836, having been laid out by three early settlers, Mark Noble, Thomas McClure, and Richard Steele. The village of Gurnee received major rainfall in May 2004, resulting in the worst flooding in eighteen years.

Gurnee and nearby Attractions

  • Warren - Newport Public Library
  • Gurnee Village Hall
  • Grand Tri State Business Park
  • Village Church of Gurnee
  • Merit Club Golf Course
  • Woodlawn Park

Things To Do In Gurnee

While in Gurnee, one can visit Gurney Mills, Lambs Corners, Dillys Corners, and Grand Tri State Business Park. Those interested in learning about the historical and cultural background of Gurnee can visit the public library and the village hall. The local Village Church of Gurnee and the Warren Cemetery are also worth seeing. One can spend a fun-filled day with family and friends at Woodlawn Park, Pembroke Community Park, Prairie Oaks Park, Six Flags Great America, and Viking Park. For golf lovers, the ideal places to visit are Merit Club Golf Course and Heather Ridge Golf Course.

Gurnee Transportation

Kenosha Regional Airport is nearby.

Gurnee Higher Education

Among the higher educational institutes near the village of Gurnee are the College of Lake County, Trinity International University, and Gateway Technical College.

People

Total Population31,136
Male Share of the Population48.6%
Female Share of the Population51.4%
Senior Citizens10.8%
Employed Population 16+16,264
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married55.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.1%
Median Earnings25+$52,329
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$32,802
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,620

Wealth

Median Family Income$103,537
% Above Poverty Level95.2%
% Below Poverty Level4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone24.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,147
Median House Value$252,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.6%
US/American0.1%
English8.8%
Irish13%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gurnee Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City37 miles N of Chicago, Illinois
CountyLake
Standard Zip Codes60031
Phone Area Codes847
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.37
Longitude-87.901

Gurnee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationWAUKEGAN
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 55 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip34 inches
StationLAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp12 to 28 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.5 inches
StationRACINE
Distance23.6 miles
Jan Temp13 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 51 F
Jul Temp64 to 79 F
Oct Temp44 to 59 F
Annual Precip35.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beach Park13,833$71,225

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gurnee Public Libraries

Library
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224 NORTH O'PLAINE ROAD
Gurnee, Illinois
(847) 244-5150

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WARREN TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL
34090 ALMOND RD
847-662-1400
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 3,627 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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