Most Diverse Places to Live in Lake County

These are the 10 most diverse places to live in Lake County, according to Niche.

Choosing a diverse place to raise a family can impact the way a child sees the world. 

Niche, a website offering rankings and statistics on towns, schools and colleges, recently released its 2024 Most Diverse Places to Live. It offers a look at the most diverse places for people with kids in Lake County to call home based on a variety of factors.

These statistics were calculated based on ethnic and economic diversity statistics by city from the U.S. Census. You can find the full methodology here.

Top 10 most diverse places in Lake County


  • Average home value: $163,500
  • Population: 24,570

Zion’s impressive lakefront access along Illinois Beach State Park is a major draw for residents and tourists.


  • Average home value: $164,400
  • Population: 89,435

With a downtown filled with diverse food options and access to the lakeshore along Illinois Beach State Park, Waukegan is appealing new residents. 

Round Lake 

  • Average home value: $248,100
  • Population: 18,677

Round Lake’s park system is well loved, including Lakefront Park, a great place for families to picnic and swim.

Round Lake Heights 

  • Average home value: $194,900
  • Population: 2,687

Conveniently located small businesses in Round Lake Heights offer this suburb’s diverse communities plenty of options to choose from. 

North Chicago 

  • Average home value: $130,400
  • Population: 30,890

Good public transportation, plenty of restaurant options and proximity to the lakeshore makes North Chicago a popular suburb. 

Beach Park

  • Average home value: $205,300
  • Population: 13,995

Beach Park is a popular choice for families raising kids with its access to good parks, beaches and playgrounds. 


  • Average home value: $274,700
  • Population: 31,583

Mundelein is known for its excellent public schools and parks. The town throws annual family-friendly festivals and is ranked above average in the crime and safety category from Niche.

Round Lake Beach 

  • Average home value: $172,000
  • Population: 27,229

Residents enjoy convenient access to sports facilities, grocery stores, parks and more in this tight knit, diverse community. 


  • Average home value: $314,600
  • Population: 30,629

Gurnee is known for its excellent public schools and good housing options. It scores an “A+” in the good for families category from Niche. 

Vernon Hills 

  • Average home value: $370,700
  • Population: 26,750

Excellent public schools, beautiful parks and many shopping options make Vernon Hills a popular choice to raise a family.

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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist and copy editor. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.


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