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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.

People

Total Population 24,251
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 10.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,820
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 41%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,651
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,008
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,678

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,550
% Above Poverty Level 80.8%
% Below Poverty Level 19.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.6%
Median Gross Rent $934
Median House Value $123,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 60.1%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 6.6%

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

Zion Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles N of Waukegan, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 41 miles S of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Lake
Standard Zip Codes 60099
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.446
Longitude -87.832

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)

Station WAUKEGAN
Distance 7.1 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
Station LAKE VILLA 2 NE
Distance 12 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
Station RACINE
Distance 17.7 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 35.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beach Park 13,833 $71,225
Gurnee 31,136 $103,537

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

Zion Public Libraries

Library
Zion-benton P.l.d.
2400 GABRIEL AVE.
Zion, Illinois
(847) 872-4680

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Zion Hospitals

MIDWESTERN REGION MED CENTER
(Proprietary)
2520 ELISHA AVENUE
(847) 872-4561
Emergency Service: Yes

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ONE Z-B WAY
847-746-1202
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,396 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19

ROE ALTERNATIVE PROG OF LAKE CO
1620 23RD ST
847-872-1900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 21 students.

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