Lake County, IL

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Population

703,520

0.0673% growth

Median Age

38.1


Median Household Income

$85,895

3.3% growth

Poverty Rate

8.48%


Number of Employees

350,692

1.12% decline

Median Property Value

$262,600

0.568% decline

About

In 2017, Lake County, IL had a population of 704k people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $85,895. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lake County, IL grew from 703,047 to 703,520, a 0.0673% increase and its median household income grew from $83,152 to $85,895, a 3.3% increase.

The population of Lake County, IL is 61.4% White Alone, 21.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.65% Asian Alone. 28.1% of the people in Lake County, IL speak a non-English language, and 90.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lake County, IL are College of Lake County (3,377 degrees awarded in 2016), Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (724 degrees), and Lake Forest College (490 degrees).

The median property value in Lake County, IL is $262,600, and the homeownership rate is 73.2%. Most people in Lake County, IL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28 minutes. The average car ownership in Lake County, IL is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Lake County, IL employs 351k people. The largest industries in Lake County, IL are Manufacturing (60,340 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (41,295 people), and Retail Trade (37,853 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($131,399), Utilities ($106,106), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($105,723).

Median household income in Lake County, IL is $85,895. Males in Lake County, IL have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,388. The income inequality in Lake County, IL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$85,895

2017 value

± $3,172

3.3%

1 Year Growth

± 4.45%

Households in Lake County, IL have a median annual income of $85,895, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $83,152 in 2016, which represents a 3.3% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,886

Average Male Salary

± $1,176

$53,388

Average Female Salary

± $853

In 2017, full-time male employees in Lake County, IL made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Lake County, IL by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $69,071 ± $3,279

  2. White

    $57,857 ± $795

  3. Two or More Races

    $44,999 ± $4,016

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Lake County, IL workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Lake County, IL by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lake County, IL is from Illinois.

0.482

2017 Wage GINI

0.484

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Illinois was 0.482 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.488% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Illinois was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Illinois in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Illinois across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 8656

  2. Census Tract 8658.02

  3. Census Tract 8636.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lake County, IL was Census Tract 8656 with a value of $191,250, followed by Census Tract 8658.02 and Census Tract 8636.01, with respective values of $181,853 and $177,188.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lake County, IL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

8.48% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lake County, IL (58.3k out of 687k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    38,340 ± 1,401

  2. Hispanic

    22,210 ± 1,119

  3. Black

    10,697 ± 737

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lake County, IL is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

351k

2017 Value

± 9,156

-1.12%

1 Year decline

± 3.75%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lake County, IL declined at a rate of -1.12%, from 355k employees to 351k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lake County, IL, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (21,584 people), Laborers & Material Movers, Hand (10,090 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (9,613 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lake County, IL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lake County, IL, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (21,584 people), Laborers & Material Movers, Hand (10,090 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (9,613 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lake County, IL has an unusually high number of residents working as First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, & Groundskeeping Workers (2.95 times higher than expected), Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, & Sales Managers (1.89 times), and Lawyers & Judicial Law Clerks (1.87 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lake County, IL, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($126,522), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($97,613), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($94,844).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

351k

2017 Value

± 9,156

-1.12%

1 Year decline

± 3.75%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lake County, IL declined at a rate of -1.12%, from 355k employees to 351k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lake County, IL, are Manufacturing (60,340 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (41,295 people), and Retail Trade (37,853 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lake County, IL, though some of these residents may live in Lake County, IL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lake County, IL, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (60,340 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (41,295 people), and Retail Trade (37,853 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lake County, IL has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.86 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.78 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.54 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lake County, IL, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($131,399), Utilities ($106,106), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($105,723).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Illinois to other states, or from other states to Illinois.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $76.6B

  2. $75B

  3. $66.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $76.6B, followed by Gasoline with $75B and Pharmaceuticals and $66.8B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Illinois products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$871B

2015 Value

$1.31T

Projected 2045 Value

50.5% growth

In 2015, total outbound Illinois trade was $871B. This is expected to increase 50.5% to $1.31T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Illinois trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Illinois to other states, or from other states to Illinois.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $63.2B

  2. $48.1B

  3. $32.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Indiana with $63.2B, followed by Wisconsin with $48.1B and Michigan and $32.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Illinois shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.2% of the population of Lake County, IL has health coverage, with 58.6% on employee plans, 12.9% on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 10.7% on non-group plans, and 1.07% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lake County, IL was $8,262 in 2014. This is a 4.44% increase from the previous year ($7,911).

Primary care physicians in Lake County, IL see 915 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.435% decrease from the previous year (919 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 906 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 411 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Stephenson County and St. Clair County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.7%). Additionally, Stephenson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

915 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Lake County, IL see an average of 915 patients per year. This represents a 0.435% decrease from the previous year (919 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lake County, IL in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,262

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,875

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$4,959

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,116

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Illinois (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.44%, from $7,911 to $8,262.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.83%

Uninsured

58.6%

Employer Coverage

12.9%

Medicaid

10.8%

Medicare

10.7%

Non-Group

1.07%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lake County, IL declined by 11.6% from 6.59% to 5.83%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lake County, IL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.7% prevalence

  2. 12.7% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Stephenson County and St. Clair County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Illinois, at 12.7%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Illinois by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Lake County, IL is home to a population of 704k people, from which 90.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 18.5% of Lake County, IL residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Lake County, IL is composed of 432k White Alone residents (61.4%), 154k Hispanic or Latino residents (21.9%), 53.8k Asian Alone residents (7.65%), 46.4k Black or African American Alone residents (6.59%), 14.1k Two or More Races residents (2%), 2.41k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.342%), 899 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.128%), and 245 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0348%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lake County, IL are Spanish or Spanish Creole (114,761 speakers), Russian (10,082 speakers), and Chinese (8,547 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

34

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lake County, IL was 38.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Lake County, IL are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Lake County, IL residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

18.4%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 18.5% of Lake County, IL residents were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lake County, IL was 18.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    659,035 ± 19,411 people

  2. India

    155,935 ± 9,636 people

  3. Poland

    133,637 ± 8,928 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Lake County, IL was Mexico, the natal country of 659,035 Lake County, IL residents, followed by India with 155,935 and Poland with 133,637.

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Citizenship

90.7%

2017 Citizenship

90.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 90.7% of Lake County, IL residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lake County, IL was 90.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    432k ± 1.2k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    154k ± 8.82k

  3. Asian Alone

    53.8k ± 1.97k

In 2017, there were 2.81 times more White Alone residents (432k people) in Lake County, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 154k Hispanic or Latino and 53.8k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Lake County, IL as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    114,761 speakers (17.3%)

  2. Russian

    10,082 speakers (1.52%)

  3. Chinese

    8,547 speakers (1.29%)

28.1% of Lake County, IL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Lake County, IL was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 17.3% of the overall population of Lake County, IL are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.52% speak Russian and 1.29% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    10,128 ± 1,420

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,128 ± 1,125

  3. Korea

    2,666 ± 689

Lake County, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.98 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Lake County, IL awarded 5,421 degrees. The student population of Lake County, IL is skewed towards women, with 10,151 male students and 11,465 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lake County, IL are White (2,893 and 54.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,148 and 21.7%), Asian (417 and 7.89%), and Unknown (357 and 6.76%).

The largest universities in Lake County, IL by number of degrees awarded are College of Lake County (3,377 and 62.3%), Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (724 and 13.4%), and Lake Forest College (490 and 9.04%).

The most popular majors in Lake County, IL are Liberal Arts & Sciences (875 and 16.1%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (574 and 10.6%), and Automobile Mechanics Technology (285 and 5.26%).

The median tuition costs in Lake County, IL are $36,526 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Lake County, IL was Automobile Mechanics Technology with 214 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Lake County, IL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,377 degrees awarded

  2. 724 degrees awarded

  3. 490 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$36,526

Median Private

In 2016, the Lake County, IL institution with the largest number of graduating students was College of Lake County with 3,377 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,535

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,886

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,535 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lake County, IL, which is 0.878 times less than the 2,886 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,893 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,148 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    417 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Lake County, IL were to White students. These 2,893 degrees mean that there were 2.52 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,148 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lake County, IL was $262,600 in 2017, which is 1.21 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $264,100 to $262,600, a 0.568% decrease. The homeownership rate in Lake County, IL is 73.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lake County, IL have an average commute time of 28 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lake County, IL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$85,895

Median Household Income

± $3,172

248k

Number of Households

± 7,093

In 2017, the median household income of the 248k households in Lake County, IL grew to $85,895 from the previous year's value of $83,152.

The following chart displays the households in Lake County, IL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$262,600

2017 Median

± $9,136

$264,100

2016 Median

± $6,021

In 2017, the median property value in Lake County, IL declined from to $262,600 from the previous year's value of $264,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lake County, IL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lake County, IL the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lake County, IL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lake County, IL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

73.2%

2017 Homeownership

73%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.2% of the housing units in Lake County, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lake County, IL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lake County, IL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lake County, IL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

28 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lake County, IL have a longer commute time (28 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.48% of the workforce in Lake County, IL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.7%

  2. Carpooled

    8.62%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.01%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lake County, IL was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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