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Vernon Hills
The Village of Vernon Hills, Illinois
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"People Planning With Pride"
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Location of Vernon Hills in Lake County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country United States
State Illinois
County Lake
Township Libertyville, Vernon
Settled 1851
Incorporated as village June 16, 1958
 • Total 7.94 sq mi (20.58 km2)
 • Land 7.74 sq mi (20.05 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.53 km2)
 • Total 26,850
 • Density 3,468.54/sq mi (1,339.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area code(s) 847 & 224
FIPS code 17-77694
Per capita income: $40,411 (2010)
Home value: $352,300 (2010)

Vernon Hills is a suburb north of Chicago, Illinois in Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 26,850 at the 2020 census. Vernon Hills serves as a retail hub for its surrounding area (Libertyville, Lake Forest, Long Grove, Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove).


The land that was to become Vernon Hills, founded by Richard Theodore Freese, Ron Freese, and Jim Carswell, began with the establishment of a 200-acre (0.81 km2) farm in 1851. Use of the land remained relatively static until the 1950s, when part of it was purchased for a residential community and golf course; the development was the first use of the name "Vernon Hills." On June 16, 1958, the village officially incorporated with 123 residents and 125 houses in a single subdivision built by Quinn Hogan and Barney Loeb. During these times, the village and police department were run from a local motel until 1971 when village trustees bought two portable buildings. It saw steady but slow growth until the annexing of a plot of land near the corner of IL-60 and IL-21 in 1971, which led to the building of 1,200,000-square-foot (110,000 m2) Hawthorn Center. By 1980, the village's population had grown to almost 10,000 residents, and by 2000, it had surpassed 20,000.

Through the 1980s and 1990s, the village grew geographically through the annexation of surrounding areas. This included land that would become the Corporate Woods business park and Centennial Crossing residential development (1986), a 1,200-acre (4.9 km2) section of Hawthorne-Mellody Farms (1988), and part of the village of Half Day (1994). In 2000, the village acquired land that had belonged at different times to the U.S. Army as a Nike missile base, the U.S. Navy as a naval training center, and the Curtiss Candy Company; it was converted to what is now the 184-acre (0.74 km2) Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.(VHAC )


According to the 2010 census, Vernon Hills has a total area of 7.917 square miles (20.50 km2), of which 7.71 square miles (19.97 km2) (or 97.39%) is land and 0.207 square miles (0.54 km2) (or 2.61%) is water.


Climate data for Vernon Hills, Illinois
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 32
Average low °F (°C) 16
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Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 123
1970 1,056 758.5%
1980 9,827 830.6%
1990 15,319 55.9%
2000 20,120 31.3%
2010 25,113 24.8%
2020 26,850 6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Vernon Hills village, Illinois - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 16,434 15,039 65.44% 56.01%
Black or African American alone (NH) 527 635 2.10% 2.36%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 19 36 0.08% 0.13%
Asian alone (NH) 4,848 6,931 19.30% 25.81%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 10 10 0.04% 0.04%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 25 120 0.10% 0.45%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 390 810 1.55% 3.02%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 2,860 3,269 11.39% 12.18%
Total 25,113 26,850 100.00% 100.00%

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 can be of any race.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 20,120 people, 7,568 households, and 5,312 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,708.3 people per square mile (1,045.5/km2). There were 7,813 housing units at an average density of 1,051.7 per square mile (406.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 81.86% White, 1.69% African American, 11.67% Asian, 0.10% Native American, 0.03 Pacific Islander, 2.92% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.19% of the population.

There were 7,568 households, out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 29.2% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 36.8% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $101,297, and the median income for a family was $123,806. Males had a median income of $94,807 versus $78,136 for females. The per capita income for the village was $72,219. About 0.9% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under the age of 18 and 6.8% of those ages 65 and older.

In 2011 Vernon Hills had 4,858 persons of Asian ancestry, 19.3% of the village's population, the sixth highest percentage of Asians of any Chicago suburb. The Asian population figure was more than twice that of 2001. John Kalmar, the village manager, said that despite the increase from 2001 to 2011, "We haven't seen a specific increase in Asian-oriented types of businesses, and I haven't noticed in any significant way changes in what businesses are carrying."


Vernon Hills is one of six communities which, in part, comprise the Cook Memorial Public Library District. The Evergreen Interim library, which was one of the District's two library facilities, closed on July 3, 2010. On July 10, 2010 the new Aspen Drive Library opened to the public. This 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) building is located across the street from the Vernon Hills Elementary and Grade School Campus at 701 N Aspen Drive.

The Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills is the village's first full-service library. The new library is 20,000 sq. ft. and offers 120,000 volumes of books, movies and music. The library also has an interactive children's department, a high-tech teen area, a state-of-the-art computer lab, small group study spaces and community meeting rooms.

The remainder of Vernon Hills is in the Vernon Area Public Library District.


Vernon Hills has a station on Metra's North Central Service, which provides daily rail service between Antioch, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois (at Union Station). It is also serviced by Pace buses.

Notable people

  • Sam Acho, football player
  • Mahmoud Baharani, disc golf media
  • Alex Brown, football player
  • Desmond Clark, football player
  • Tarik Cohen, football player
  • DaVaris Daniels, football player
  • Phillip Daniels, football player and coach
  • David Dobrik, YouTuber
  • Steve Dubinsky, hockey player
  • Leonard Floyd, football player
  • Robert P. Hanrahan, politician
  • Devin Hester, football player
  • Christopher Howarth, figure skater
  • Kathleen A. Ryg, politician
  • Cairo Santos, football player
  • Carol Sente, politician
  • Nicole Sladkov, rhythmic gymnast
  • Evan Spencer, football player
  • Tim Spencer, football player and coach
  • Nathan Vasher, football player
  • Kevin Walter, football player
  • Cody Whitehair, football player

Nearby places


  • CDW, a provider of technology products and services for business, government and education, is based out of Vernon Hills.
  • Zebra Technologies, a manufacturer of thermal bar code label and receipt printers used by over 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies, is based out of Vernon Hills.
  • American Hotel Register Company, a well-known manufacturer and supplier of hospitality products and services, is based out of Vernon Hills.
  • Rust-Oleum Corporation, a worldwide leader in protective paints and coatings for both home and industry, is based out of Vernon Hills.
  • Elorac, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on advancing treatments in dermatology, is based in Vernon Hills.
  • Cole-Parmer, a scientific and industrial instrument distributor

Recently, Vernon Hills developed a former 52 acre soybean field into a $200 million shopping center known as Mellody Farm, whose tenants are a host of restaurant and retail businesses.

When Tiger Electronics was an independent company, its headquarters were in Vernon Hills.

Top employers

According to the Village's 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Hawthorn Mall 2,500
2 American Hotel Register (HQ) 500
3 Mitsubishi Electric Automation 400
4 CDW (HQ) 350
4 Rust-Oleum (HQ) 350
6 ZF Aftermarket 300
6 Cole-Parmer (HQ) 300
6 Becton Dickinson 300
9 Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. 200
10 Neil Enterprises 160
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