What makes Lake County special?
Is it our abundance of water? Outdoor recreation? Trails, nature and open space? Or maybe it’s
our strong businesses and top notch schools. It could be that we have lots of places for
family fun and things to do. Or maybe it’s where we are, perfectly positioned between
two great cities and alongside 40 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Well it’s all these
things combined that makes Lake County stand out. And of course the people, residents and
visitors, who come for work and play. We have bikers, runners, hikers, boaters, beach-goers,
swimmers, skiers, golfers, anglers, and don’t forget those mothers and fathers pushing strollers
who help make Lake County one of the most active and healthy places in the state. They
enjoy our 30,000+ acres of forest preserves, our beautiful state parks, 550 miles of trails
and bikeways, hundreds of lakes and rivers, and our 46 golf courses. Lake County is also
the place for shoppers, with a variety of options outside, inside, big and small. And
you can always go downtown, where our community’s main streets offer a quaint shopping experience.
And for the adventurer and thrill seeker, or family looking for something fun for their
child or teenager, Lake County is home to a major theme park and a large indoor waterpark
resort. Music and art lovers appreciate Lake County for its many cultural and entertainment
venues. Theater fans don’t have to travel to Chicago or Milwaukee for a show because
it’s all right here. For lovers of history and education and even classic cars, Lake
County’s got that too with our many museums and cultural centers. We are also home to
Naval Station Great Lakes, the Navy’s largest training facility where each year 38,000 recruits
complete the requirements to become enlisted Navy sailors at the Navy’s only boot camp.
So our landscape, recreational and cultural assets help distinguish Lake County. But let’s
take a closer look at the fabric of our community that helps make us truly special.
Lake County is home to 700,000 residents, most of them young families and working professionals
who reside in 52 municipalities or unincorporated areas. We also have a culturally and ethnically
diverse community. We have a little more than a quarter of a million households. They earn
about $78,000 a year, which is the third highest in Illinois.
Lake County has many top ranked schools and numerous colleges and universities that offer
students a world class education. As a result, we have a highly educated workforce ready
to work at one of our 30,000 businesses, which range from Fortune 500 corporate headquarters
to locally owned manufactures. Our economy is strong because of our critical mass of
businesses and growing industries and because we have governments that practice fiscal responsibility
and manage and invest wisely. Take an even closer look at Lake County, and
you’ll find governments, businesses, and stakeholders who work together to improve
our future by advancing solutions on regional issues like transportation, economic development,
and sustainability. So, what makes Lake County special? Well, it’s all of the unique things
we have. All of the natural beauty that surrounds us and all of the great, active, and healthy
people who live, work, and play here. What we like to call, Lake County Life. Now that’s