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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Lake County is located in Illinois with a population of 704,476. Lake County is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Lake County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lake County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Lake County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Lake County are highly rated.
Population
704,476

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$251,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,127
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Lake County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    98.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    26.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    44.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    203.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,190.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    54.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Lake County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$82,613
National
$55,322

Lake County Reviews

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The county as a whole is filled with friendly and diverse people. There is a wonderful mix of suburban, Midwestern, and city culture, with diverse residents in most cities. Unfortunately, due to the significant income gap between places such as Lake Forest and Waukegan, it encourages a gap in the quality of public education between districts and the consistency of a public atmosphere is not always comparable.
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There's a lot of driving to get where you want to go. If you want to go to a good restaurant you're almost guaranteed to drive at least 20 minutes. Not much to do around here besides shop at Gurnee Mills. Not a lot of public transportation. However, the public schools are great and offer a good education. Kids from here are given a lot of opportunities. Mostly a family friendly place with a lot of local parks and forest preserves. Six Flags is exciting until the thrill of it wears off. Overall, Lake County is an average suburban area with not much to do.
Lake County gives it's residents the best of both worlds; it is a northern suburb that borders Wisconsin and is about an hour drive to both, Milwaukee and Chicago. Lake County is known for it's lakes, most specifically the Chain O Lakes, which is a giant boating community. It is a safe and family friendly community that is perfect for raising a family.