Lake County, Illinois


Lake County, Illinois

Infobox U.S. County
county = Lake County
state = Illinois




map size = 125
founded = 1839
seat = Waukegan | area_total_sq_mi =1368
area_land_sq_mi =448
area_water_sq_mi =920
area percentage = 67.28%
census yr = 2000
pop = 644356
density_km2 =556
web = www.co.lake.il.us
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Lake County is the farthest north-east county in the U.S. state of Illinois. A 2006 census estimated the population was 713,076. Its county seat is Waukegan, IllinoisGR|6. According to the 2000 United States Census, Lake County is the 31st richest county by per-capita income. The county is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. Its lakefront communities, along with some in Cook County, are part of an area known as the North Shore.

Originally part of McHenry County, the townships comprising Lake County were carved out into a separate county in 1839.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,368 square miles (3,543 km²), of which, 448 square miles (1,159 km²) of it is land and 920 square miles (2,384 km²) of it is water, much of it in Lake Michigan. The total area is 67.28% water.

Lakes

Besides Lake Michigan, lakes in the county include:

External links

* [http://www.co.lake.il.us/ Lake County, IL official web site]
* [http://www.LCFPD.org/ Lake County Forest Preserve District official web site]
* [http://www.co.lake.il.us/health/ehs/animal.asp Lake County Animal Control official web site]
* [http://www.lakeonline.com/ Lake County Online web site]
* [http://blogs.pioneerlocal.com/lake/ Pioneer Press Lake County Blog]
* [http://lakecounty.org/ Lake County, Illinois, CVB - Official Travel Site]

References

*cite book
first = Richard L. (editor)
last = Forstall
year = 1996
title = Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses
publisher = United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division
id = ISBN 0-934213-48-8


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