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Gurnee, Illinois, Higher Education and City Facts

Gurnee, Illinois, is a village located north of Chicago. It is close to several postsecondary institutions offering graduate and undergraduate degrees. Find out more about Gurnee, including its economy, population and nearby school options below.

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Information about Gurnee

Gurnee, Illinois, is a suburb of Chicago located near the Wisconsin border. Known for its educated and professional population, its large shopping center and a Six Flags amusement park, Gurnee had about 31,207 residents as of 2014 U.S. census estimates. The median household income was $85,141 per year, based on 2010-2014 census data, compared with $57,166 for Illinois as a whole. The village is well-educated, with 47.4% of adult residents 25 years or older holding bachelor's degrees or higher, according to census data for that same time period.

The Village of Gurnee's Parks Department operates over 40 parks within municipal limits, offering amenities such as basketball courts, baseball diamonds and running trails. There are also three golf courses in the village. Nearby Lake Michigan draws residents and visitors alike to its shoreline for swimming, sunbathing, boating and other activities, while Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, is a short drive to the south. It offers attractions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile and Willis Tower.

Higher Education

Gurnee does not have any schools in its village limits, but its location in the greater Chicago metropolitan area puts it within 25 miles of about 14 not-for-profit schools. College of Lake County is the largest college close to Gurnee with about 15,400 students. A 2-year school, it offers certificates and associate's degrees. Trinity International University-Illinois is a 4-year, private school located in Deerfield. Students who attend this school can find bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs. Lake Forest College is also found nearby, about 10 miles from Gurnee. Lake Forest has bachelor's and master's degrees for its approximately 1,600 students.

Other schools in the area include the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Carthage College, Gateway Technical College and McHenry County College. In the greater Chicago Metropolitan area, students can find Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, two well-known private research-based universities, and DePaul University.

Economy and Employment

According to 2012 census estimates, the highest sector of employment was retail trade with nearly 5,000 jobs. Accommodation and food services held about 3,200 jobs, while administrative and support and waste management and remediation services held nearly 1,900 jobs. Many of the village's residents work in various locations throughout the metropolitan area, including downtown Chicago.

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