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Lake County, Illinois

US county information
NameLake County
StateIllinois
SeatWaukegan
US Area
Total Area1367.95 sq mi (3543 km2)
Land Area447.56 sq mi (1159.2 km2)
Water Area920.39 sq mi (2383.8 km2)
Population703462 (2010)
Density606.9/km2 (1571.9/sq mi)
Founded1839

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Lake County is a county in the northeastern corner of the state of Illinois, on the shore of Lake Michigan. In 2006, the United States Census Bureau estimated the population at 713,076. Its county seat is Waukegan . The county is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. According to the 2000 Census, Lake County is the 31st richest county by per capita income. The lakefront communities of Lake Forest and Highland Park are part of the affluent North Shore area.

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

Naval Station Great Lakes is located in the city of North Chicago in Lake County. It is the United States Navy's Headquarters Command for training, and the Navy's only recruit training center.


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