Antioch is a village located in Lake County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 8,788.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Political Makeup
3 Military/Civil Forces
4 Economy
5 Geography
6 Demographics


Antioch was founded just prior to the US Civil War by a small Protestant sect known as the Church of Christ, from which it derived its biblical name. The town incorporate before the war, sending a high number of young men to the Union army, disproportionate to it size. Shortly after the war, the town disincorporated, as many of the initial religious settlers moved away. In 1892, Antioch reincorporated as a village, which it has been continuous to this day.

Political Makeup

Antioch's government is made up of a mayor and six trustees elected at large, with staggered terms. The current mayor is Taso Maravelas, who owns a Greek restaurant and catering company. Antioch is strongly Republican, and Maravelas is a GOP supporter, but partisan politics rarely figure in local elections. Pro- and anti-Walmart factions determine the political landscape instead.

Military/Civil Forces

Antioch has a small police force, which has recently moved into a new freestanding police station, across the street from the old tank memorial and down the block from the village hall and seat of government. The tank is nonfunctional. Atop village hall is a civil defense siren, usually used only for fires and the monthly tornado warning test. There has been some talk in the US of using the old civil defense system, developed during the Cold War, to warn of terrorist attacks. Antioch also has an all-volunteer rescue squad.


Most of Antioch's residents work outside of the village, in Chicago or neighboring villages. The village has some small industry, including the world famous Pickard China factors (where Air Force One and Camp David china comes from). Downtown has a mix of small retail focused on antiques and quilting, and Greek restaurants. Las Vegas Restaurant is the largest of this, open 24 hours, and the informal office of many local businessman and dignitaries.


Antioch is located at 42°28'45" North, 88°5'27" West (42.479069, -88.090878)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 19.8 km² (7.6 mi²). 19.1 km² (7.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.7 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.40% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 8,788 people, 3,235 households, and 2,351 families residing in the village. The population density is 459.8/km² (1,190.4/mi²). There are 3,346 housing units at an average density of 175.1/km² (453.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the village is 95.19% White, 1.07% African American, 0.35% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 4.42% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 3,235 households out of which 41.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% are married couples living together, 12.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% are non-families. 22.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.72 and the average family size is 3.20.

In the village the population is spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village is $56,481, and the median income for a family is $66,589. Males have a median income of $51,503 versus $31,389 for females. The per capita income for the village is $25,711. 3.9% of the population and 2.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 3.9% are under the age of 18 and 8.0% are 65 or older.