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  •   State: 
    Lake County
      County FIPS: 
    42°22′N 87°56′W
      Area total: 
    13.59 sq mi (35.18 km²)
      Area land: 
    13.51 sq mi (34.99 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.08 sq mi (0.20 km²)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,273.00 residents per square mile of area (877.62/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Gurnee is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States. Its population was 30,706 as of the 2020 census. It borders the city of Waukegan, and is a popular tourist attraction within the Chicago metropolitan area. It is the location of Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Chicago and Gurnee Mills. The village is located on the banks of the Des Plaines River and is split by Interstate 94, which divides the village into east and west. In 1989, the village was mentioned in the comedy film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation as the location where "Cousin" Eddie Johnson last stopped to purchase fuel for the RV en route to the Griswolds' home in Chicago from Coolidge, Kansas. In May 2004, GurnEE received major rainfall, causing the worst flooding in 100 years. The flood forced several schools to close and caused building damage to dozens of homes and businesses. In 2010, the U.S. Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category and excludes them from the racial categories and can be a separate category of race. The 2010 Census treats Hispanics/Latinos as a separate racial category and assigns them a separate race of race of the 2010 Census. In the 2010 census, the Hispanic/ Latinos category was not included in the race category and was treated as an separate ethnic category. The census also treats them as separate from the white race and treats them separately from the black race.


Gurnee is a hamlet in northwestern Illinois. It was named after Walter S. Gurnee, the 14th Mayor of Chicago. Six Flags Great America was built in the area in the 1970s. The village was mentioned in the comedy film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation as the location where "Cousin" Eddie Johnson last stopped to purchase fuel for the RV en route to the Griswolds' home in Chicago from Coolidge, Kansas. In May 2004, the village received the worst flooding in 100 years. The flood forced several schools to close and caused building damage to dozens of homes and businesses. It is located on the banks of the Aux Plaines River, which is a tributary of the Des Plaines. The town of Warren, New York, was named in honor of Major General Joseph Warren, killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Warren Township, formed in 1850, was also named after him. The first settlement of Warren Township commenced in 1835 in the vicinity of the aux Plaines river (now the Desplaines River). In 1835, a land company from New York State erected a Community House to accommodate families while they were locating and getting government land grants to their farms. In 1836, the Milwaukee Road was laid out, connecting Chicago to Milwaukee. The eastwest road, now known as Grand Avenue, was a main route from McHenry County to the port of Waukegan. Stage coaches ran on this route as late as 1870. The Mutaw Tavern, earlier known as "Marm Rudd's Tavern" and more recently as the Mother Rudd House, is now houses the Warren Township Historical Society.


Gurnee is located at 42°22N 87°56W (42.3737, 87.9344). It is located on the banks of the Des Plaines River and is split by Interstate 94, which divides the village into east (old) and west (new) sides. According to the 2010 census, Gurnee has a total area of 13.576 square miles (35.16 km²), of which 99.44% is land and 0.076 sq miles (0.20 km²) (or 0.56%) is water. It is the site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, which is held in the town's downtown area. The town is home to a number of charities, including the American Cancer Society and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Chicago. The city is also home to the American Museum of Natural History, which houses a collection of historic buildings, including a Civil War-era courthouse. The U.N. World Heritage Site is also located in the city, and was built in the early 1900s. It was named after the city's founder, William Gurne, who was born in the area in 1881. The village is located near the Desplaines River, which runs through the town. It has a population of 2,000, with the majority of its residents living in the central part of the town, the east and the west sides of the village. It also has a small section of land in the north and south, known as the South Side.


As of the 2010 census, the total village population was 31,295, an 8.5% increase from the 2000 census. There were 12,031 housing units throughout the village, and the population density was 2,318.7 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 73.3% White, 11.6% Asian, 7.8% African American, 0.03% Native American, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race made up 11.7% of the population. The median household income was estimated to be $85,421, while the per capita income was $35,564. In 2010, 5.1% of. the population was reported to be under the poverty line. The US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of anyrace. The 2020 census will be held on October 1, 2020. The village is expected to have a population of around 30,000 by the time the next census is held on November 1, 2026. It is expected that the village will be in the state of New Jersey by the end of the 2020 census. The population is predicted to be between 30,500 and 30,600 by that time. The 2010 census was the first time the village has been included in the U.S. Census, and it is the last time it has been part of the American Community Survey.


Gurnee is home to Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Chicago, and Great Wolf Lodge. Gurnee's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report: The top employers in the village were: Six Flags, Great Wolf lodge, and Gurne Mills. The village's economy is based on the economy of the town of 20,000. The town's unemployment rate is 3.7 percent. The unemployment rate for the village is 2.9 percent, according to the report. The city's poverty rate is 1.8 percent, the report says. The poverty rate in the town is 3 percent. It's the lowest in the state of Illinois. The economy has grown by 1.2 percent in the last five years. The population has grown from 1.3 million to 1.4 million in the past decade. The growth rate is 2 percent since the beginning of the decade. It is the highest rate since the mid-'90s. The top employer in the city is Six Flags. The number of jobs created by the village's residents is 1,816. The highest rate of job creation is 4.7 per cent. The lowest rate of employment is 2 per cent, the village says. It has the highest unemployment rate. The average household income is $30,000, the town's report says, and the lowest rate is 0.9 per cent for the city's poorest residents. The U.S. Census Bureau has not yet released a comprehensive report on the village. It will do so.


The majority of the village is served by Gurnee School District #56. Warren Township High School is made up of the O'Plaine Road Campus (freshmen and sophomores) and the Almond Road campus (juniors and seniors) Woodland Grade School District is made of Woodland Elementary School (grades 13-13) and Woodland Primary School (K-8) The village is also served by Woodland Intermediate School and Spaulding School. According to the 2007 state report card, both Woodland District #50 and Gurnees School District (#56) has full recognition. The village has a population of 2,816. The population of Gurney is 2,716. It is located in the central part of the state, near the Ohio Turnpike and the Ohio State Highway System. The town's population is 1,814. It has an estimated population of 3,715. It was the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, which took place in 1945. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is based in the village, and has been there since the 1950s. It also has a post office, postmaster, postmistress, and postmaster general. There are no hospitals or other public health facilities in the town. There is a hospital in the city, which was built in the early 1900s. The city has a wastewater treatment facility, which has been in operation since the 1970s.


The Gurnee Public Library is located at 224 N. O'Plaine Road. The Warren-Newport Public Library offers a collection of over 270,000 books, hundreds of magazines, and over 37,000 CDs and DVDs. In 1997, the library opened a $5.6 million, 31,000-square-foot (2,900 m2) addition. In the fall of 2010, an $8.5 million construction project began, adding 4,500 square feet and renovating 28,000 square feet of the oldest parts of the building. The library is the second busiest library in Lake County, after the Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville. The district includes the communities of Gurnees, Grandwood Park, Park City, Wildwood, Wadsworth, Waukegan, Millburn, and Beach Park. It also includes the towns of Beach Park, Grayslake, Lake Villa, Old Mill Creek, Third Lake, and Wadsworth. It is located in the Lake County Library District, which was formed in 1971. It was the first library district in the state of Illinois, and is the largest in the Midwest. It offers programming for all ages designed to provide personal enrichment, education and entertainment. In 2004, it was one of the early adopters of passive RFID (radio frequency identification) technology for the automation of item check-in. Its mission statement is to "provide the community with access to information, kindles the imagination of children and adults, and supports lifelong learning".


Interstate 94 (The Tri-State Tollway) is the main expressway servicing Gurnee, allowing easy access to Milwaukee and Chicago. It is one of the only major Chicago suburbs that is not serviced by Metra, although there are nearby stations in Waukegan, Grayslake, and Libertyville. The city is located on the Illinois River, which runs through the center of the city. It also has a lakefront location, which is used as a tourist attraction. The town has a population of about 3,000, with the majority of its residents living in or near the city's downtown area. It was once known as the "Birthplace of the Midwest" due to its proximity to the city of Chicago and the nearby suburbs of Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. It has been the site of several World War II-era battles, including the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in the early 1900s. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was based in the town for the duration of the Second World War, and the town was once home to the U.N. Peacekeeping Corps. The last of the Chicago suburbs to be bombed by the Soviet Union, the town is now known as "Gurnee" It is located near the border of Wisconsin and the state of Illinois, and has a number of rail stations, including one in Libertyville, which was built in the 1930s and 1940s. In the early 1950s, the city was home to one of Chicago's first high-speed rail stations.

Drinking water supply

The Village of Gurnee water supply comes from the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) located in Lake Bluff, IL. CLCJAWa purifies water from Lake Michigan. The water is safe to drink and flush toilets with water from the lake. The village's water supply is also safe to flush toilet water with. The Village's drinking water supply was safe to use and flushed toilets with the water from lake water. The drinking water was safe for drinking and flush toilet use. It is safe for flush toilets to be used by the residents of the village. It's safe for children to use the water for swimming and other activities. It has no harmful chemicals or chemicals in it. It can be used to flush toilets, flush toilets and wash dishes. It also has a safe water supply for bathing and other hygiene purposes. It comes from a separate water supply that is not connected to the village's main water supply. It came from a different water agency that is located in the town of Lake Bluffs, Illinois. It was used to supply the village with water for decades. It does not have a connection to the water supply in the village, but it does supply water to the surrounding area. It purifies the water to Lake Michigan for use in the Village's water treatment system.


The village of Gurnee is a home rule municipality which functions under the council-manager form of government. The Village President and three of the Trustees are elected every four years. The other group of three Trustees is also elected for four-year terms, but this election is staggered and takes place two years after the first group. As of 2021, the village office holders are: Village President: Thomas B. Hood, Clerk: Andy Harris, Trustee: Jeanne E. Balmes,Trustee: Kevin Woodside, Trustees: Quin O'Brien, Cheryl Ross. The village has had two mayors: Leo Felton in 1928 and Wm. W. Smith in 1941-1942. The current mayor is Thomas Hood, who has been in office since 2021. He is the third mayor in the village's history; the previous mayor was Gordon D. Gillings in 1973-1974 and Richard Welton in 2001-2001. The town has a population of 2,000 people. It is located in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-designated Battling Ground Area, which is part of the Ohio Army National Guard. It has been home to the National Guard since the 1940s. It was the site of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, and is now home to a number of military bases, including Fort McHenry and Fort Leavenworth. It also has a military air base, which was built in the 1950s and 1960s.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois = 46.3. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 28. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 22. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Gurnee = 3.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 30,706 individuals with a median age of 36.3 age the population grows by 8.69% in Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,273.00 residents per square mile of area (877.62/km²). There are average 2.79 people per household in the 11,208 households with an average household income of $90,174 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.70% of the available work force and has dropped -4.75% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 20.80%. The number of physicians in Gurnee per 100,000 population = 277.9.


The annual rainfall in Gurnee = 34.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 31.7 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 109. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 190. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 13.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 49, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois which are owned by the occupant = 75.83%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 16 years with median home cost = $199,780 and home appreciation of -25.66%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $19.95 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,862 per student. There are 16.1 students for each teacher in the school. 10196.45% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 31.09% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 17.33% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Gurnee's population in Lake County, Illinois of 1,008 residents in 1900 has increased 30,46-fold to 30,706 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.43% female residents and 48.57% male residents live in Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois.

    As of 2020 in Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois are married and the remaining 32.13% are single population.

  • 34 minutes is the average time that residents in Gurnee require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    86.27% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.42% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 2.73% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.00% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois, 75.83% are owner-occupied homes, another 20.68% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.50% are vacant.

  • The 57.57% of the population in Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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