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Gurnee, Illinois - Basic Facts

The Village of Gurnee had a population of 30,853 as of July 1, 2020. Gurnee ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Gurnee is located at latitude 42.3703 and longitude -87.902 in Lake County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Gurnee encompass a land area of 13.49 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Lake County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 676 feet.

The Village of Gurnee (GNIS ID: 2398219) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Gurnee is located within Township of Warren, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lake County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Gurnee: Gurnee Station.


Gurnee, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 30,853 (100%)
Population in Households 30,784 (99.8%)
Population in Families 26,386 (85.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 69 ( 0.2%)
Population Density 2,284
Diversity Index2 65


Median Household Income $88,959
Average Household Income $118,901
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $44,690
Wealth Index5 152


Total HU (Housing Units) 12,086 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,199 (67.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,304 (27.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 583 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $275,131
Average Home Value $305,198
Housing Affordability Index3 155


Total Households 11,503
Average Household Size 2.68
Family Households 8,111
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.06% -0.19%
Households 0.08% -0.1%
Families -0.12% -0.2%
Median Household Income   1.6%
Per Capita Income   2.33%
Owner Occupied HU   0.02%


Gurnee, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gurnee to the other 1,369 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 63 95th
Population Density # 203 85th
Median Household Income # 152 89th
Housing Affordability Index # 235 17th
Per Capita Income # 129 91st
Diversity Index # 88 94th

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