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Overview

Introduction to Zion, Illinois

Zion, Illinois, in Lake county, is 5 miles N of Waukegan, Illinois and 41 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area.

Zion History

Zion was founded by John Alexander Dowie in July 1901. It is one of the few cities in the world that was fully planned out before it was built. An interesting aspect of its planning phase is that Dr. Dowie, who had earlier lived in Scotland and Australia, modeled the city's layout after the Union flag.

Zion and nearby Attractions

  • Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course
  • Shiloh Park Golf Course
  • Port Shiloh Swimming Pool
  • Cullerton Complex
  • Haines House Museum
  • Edina Park

Things To Do In Zion

The Zion Park District offers endless recreational opportunities. It is spread over 752 acres of parkland and has two golf courses with 18 and 9 holes, respectively. The city also a public swimming pool complete with water slides. A wide range of recreational programs, leagues, special events and trips are regularly organized here by the Parks Department.

Zion Transportation

The Kenosha Regional Airport is the nearest full service airport.

Zion Higher Education

Gateway Technical College, the University of Wisconsin and the College of Lake County offer facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,195
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens10.7%
Employed Population 16+10,261
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married40.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.9%
Median Earnings25+$31,950
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,182
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,825

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,781
% Above Poverty Level81.6%
% Below Poverty Level18.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.5%
% Using Public Transportation2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone27.4%
Median Gross Rent$963
Median House Value$116,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)61.7%
German12.2%
Irish7.2%
English4.8%
Polish3.3%
Italian2.5%
Finnish1.9%
West Indian1.7%
French Except Basque1.3%
Dutch1%
Jamaican0.9%
Swedish0.9%
Norwegian0.8%
African0.7%
Scottish0.7%
Belizean0.6%
Czech0.5%
Arab0.3%
Russian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
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Zion Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lake County
Standard Zip Codes60099
Phone Area Codes224,847
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.45
Approximate Longitude-87.84

Zion 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
Distance7.1 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
Distance12 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
Distance17.7 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 Park13,788$70,689
Gurnee31,070$104,682
Park City7,402$43,646

Zion Public Libraries

Zion-benton Public Library District
2400 GABRIEL AVENUE
Zion, Illinois
(847) 872-4680

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Zion Hospitals

Midwestern Regional Medical Center
2520 Elisha Avenue
(847) 872-4561

Zion Public Schools

Beulah Park Elem School
1910 Gilboa Ave
ZIP: 60099
(847) 379-0236
Primary
Total Enrollment 389
East Elementary School
2913 Elim Ave
ZIP: 60099
(847) 872-5425
Primary
Total Enrollment 175
Elmwood Elem School
3025 Ezra Ave
ZIP: 60099
(847) 746-1491
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Lakeview School
2200 Bethesda Blvd
ZIP: 60099
(847) 872-0255
Primary
Total Enrollment 232
New Tech High - Zion-benton East
1634 23rd St
ZIP: 60099
(847) 731-9803
High
Total Enrollment 339
Roe Alternative Prog Of Lake Co
1620 23rd St
ZIP: 60099
(847) 872-1900
Other
Total Enrollment 63
Shiloh Park Elem School
2635 Gabriel Ave
ZIP: 60099
(847) 746-8136
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
West Elementary School
2412 Jethro Ave
ZIP: 60099
(847) 746-8222
Primary
Total Enrollment 576
Zion Central Middle School
1716 27th St
ZIP: 60099
(847) 746-1431
Middle
Total Enrollment 551
Zion-benton Twnshp Hi Sch
1 Zb Way
ZIP: 60099
(847) 731-9303
High
Total Enrollment 2338

Zion Private Schools

Our Saviors Lutheran School
1800 23rd St
ZIP: 60099
Elementary
Total Enrollment 65
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