Gurnee has the 993rd largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 0.6% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Gurnee is part of the Chicago metro area. Unemployment in the Chicago area is 5.4%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Chicago has the 3rd largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Gurnee is above average at $52,480, and the median cost of a home in Gurnee is $254,800, which is above the national average. 47% of workers in Gurnee hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 94% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Gurnee. 76% of Gurnee workers drive to work alone, 4% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 10% walk. People in Gurnee spend an average of 28 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.