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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    C
Island Lake is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 8,049. Island Lake is in McHenry County. Living in Island Lake offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Island Lake there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Island Lake and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Island Lake are above average.
About Island Lake...
Population
8,049

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$158,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,298
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%
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Island Lake 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
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    49.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    12.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    111.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    520.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Island Lake

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$73,692
National
$55,322
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Island Lake Reviews

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It is a small village, split between McHenry and Lake Counties. While there are not many businesses in Island Lake, the few that there are locally owned small businesses. The community has surpassed our expectations, everyone seems very involved. We have enjoyed everything about living here
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The town is very small which isn't a bad thing but everyone knows everything about anything in this town. There's also not much to do here. There are a lot bars which isn't exactly kid friendly but the grade and middle school for this town are very well put together with great teachers. There are many parks which is kid friendly but as they get older there's not much to do. When they are old enough to drive they will be able to go to the surrounding towns. All those towns have a lot to do which is nice for the older teens. There's really only one good food place around here but it's Mexican food so if you're not a fan of that you'll have to drive a little farther. The town itself is pretty nice but the politicians running the town aren't as nice. My dad used to be a trustee for this town so I know a lot about this town. This town doesn’t make changes very quick and when they do happen it’s usually wrong.
I have lived in Island Lake my entire life - my extended family has also lived in the town all my life as well. It is a close knit community and I have grown to love the town more and more over the years. Although it is small and there is not much to do, what we have is positive!