Round Lake, Illinois

Coordinates: 42°21′15″N 88°06′02″W / 42.35417°N 88.10056°W / 42.35417; -88.10056
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Round Lake, Illinois
Location of Round Lake in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Round Lake in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 42°21′15″N 88°06′02″W / 42.35417°N 88.10056°W / 42.35417; -88.10056
CountryUnited States
CountyLake County
TownshipAvon, Grant & Fremont
 • MayorRussell S. Kraly
 • Total5.72 sq mi (14.81 km2)
 • Land5.56 sq mi (14.40 km2)
 • Water0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)
 • Total18,721
 • Density3,367.09/sq mi (1,300.14/km2)
DemonymRound Laker
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area codes224, 847
FIPS code17-66027
Wikimedia CommonsRound Lake, Illinois

Round Lake is a northern suburb of Chicago in Lake County, Illinois, United States. Per the 2020 census, the population was 18,721.[2]


Round Lake is located at 42°21′15″N 88°06′02″W / 42.35417°N 88.10056°W / 42.35417; -88.10056 (42.354045, -88.100529), about 55 miles northwest of Chicago's Loop.[3]

According to the 2010 census, Round Lake has a total area of 5.635 sq mi (14.59 km2), of which 5.47 sq mi (14.17 km2) (or 97.07%) is land and 0.165 sq mi (0.43 km2) (or 2.93%) is water.[4]


  • Belvidere Road
  • Big Hollow Road


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2010[6] 2020[7]

2020 census[edit]

Round Lake village, Illinois – Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[6] Pop 2020[7] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 10,066 8,909 55.04% 47.59%
Black or African American alone (NH) 828 1,142 4.53% 6.10%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 27 20 0.15% 0.11%
Asian alone (NH) 2,310 1,925 12.63% 10.28%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 12 10 0.07% 0.05%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 29 62 0.16% 0.33%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 386 755 2.11% 4.03%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 4,631 5,898 25.32% 31.50%
Total 18,289 18,721 100.00% 100.00%

2000 Census[edit]

As of 2010 United States Census,[8] there were 18,289 people, 6,206 households, and 5,847 families residing in the village. The population increased 310% from the 2000 US Census total of 5,492. The population density was 3,225.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,245.4/km2). There were 6,206 housing units at an average density of 1,094.5 per square mile (422.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 68.9% White, 10.77% African American, 0.5% Native American, 12.7% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 9.69% from other races, and 3.24% from two or more races. 35.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There 6,206 total housing units, of which 94.2% or (5,847) were occupied households. Of these occupied households 48% had children under the age of 18 living with them. 49.5% of the population was male, 50.5% female. 80% of the occupied homes were owner-occupied with the remaining 19.5% in renter-occupied. The average household size was 3.13 per home.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 32.2% under the age of 18, 7% from 18 to 24, 43.5% from 25 to 49, 12.3% from 50 to 64, and 4.8% who were 65 years of age or older.

As of Census 2000, the median income for a household in the village was $58,051, and the median income for a family was $61,277. Males had a median income of $43,063 versus $31,336 for females. The per capita income for the village was $21,585. 6.8% of the population and 6.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 6.7% of those under the age of 18 and 7.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


While the retreating Wisconsin glacier left an attractive environment for farmers who entered western Lake County after the Black Hawk War of 1832, the numerous lakes and wet prairies there prevented easy movement to agricultural markets. Farmers traded at stagecoach trail communities such as Hainesville, often exchanging dairy products and eggs for what they could not craft on the farm.

In the 1890s, when officials of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad extended a branch line from their Milwaukee–Chicago main line at Libertyville Junction (later Rondout) to Janesville, Wisconsin, western Lake County farmers gained easy access to Chicago.

Landowners near Hainesville such as Amarias M. White knew that a railroad station would increase property values. In a classic ploy, White offered the railroad free land in exchange for a station. He also drew up a town plat to show railroad officials that profitable traffic would come through his station site. White succeeded, and Round Lake, named after the nearby lake, not Hainesville, whose inhabitants failed to offer the railroad anything, became the area station on the "Milwaukee Road".

White's promise came true in 1901 when the Armour Company decided to harvest ice from Round Lake for their refrigerator car operations. They erected a massive ice storage building holding over 100,000 tons for shipment in spring and summer months.

In 1908 White and his partners acted to incorporate the station area. The proposed village population was too small to meet incorporation requirements, so area farmers were included in the village with the understanding that, once incorporation was successful, their farms would be disconnected. On January 7, 1909, Round Lake incorporated with White as village president. Soon after, those farmers who wished to disconnect were allowed to do so—an act which prevented present-day residents of the village from having any public access to their namesake lake.

A fire in 1917 destroyed the Armour operation in the village, although a dormitory housing winter ice cutters survived. Noticing vacation resorts which had sprung up around the lake, the Armour Company remodeled its dormitory into a rural summer retreat for company employees. The praise showered on the Round Lake environment by them helped bring a slow trickle of nonagricultural residential growth to the village.

With post–World War II expansion into the suburbs, Round Lake's Armour-era reputation as a rural refuge acted as a magnet for development. People began moving into the unincorporated area around the lake and demanding municipal services. The village of Round Lake failed to make those annexations. As a result, new communities, using the words "Round Lake" in their corporate titles, arose. This resulted in a duplication of political hierarchies and village services which still exists.

Since the 1970s, Round Lake has embarked on an expansive annexation program. With ongoing development of those areas, Round Lake was expected to continue to grow.

From 2000 to the present time, the village has doubled in population. It is expected to reach 20,000 residents by the year 2020.[9]

Notable people[edit]


Round Lake students attend schools in one of five different elementary and high school districts.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago operates Catholic schools. St. Joseph School is in Round Lake. The student population from circa 2016 to 2020 declined by 92. The archdiocese asked if there were interested benefactors, but the archdiocese was unsuccessful. Therefore the archdiocese decided to close the school after spring 2020.[10]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "Round Lake village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Decennial Census of Population and Housing by Decades". US Census Bureau.
  6. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Round Lake village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  7. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Round Lake village, Illinois". United States Census Bureau.
  8. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  9. ^ "The History of Our Village 1908-2008" (PDF). The Village. 10 (1): 4. January 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 22, 2010.
  10. ^ "Five Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools will close". Chicago Catholic. January 22, 2020. Retrieved May 8, 2020. - Spanish version

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