The Village of Vernon Hills was incorporated in 1958. Major employers include Motorola, Zebra Technologies, J&L Oil, VFP Fire Systems, and ZF Industries.
The village is served by three elementary school districts including Hawthorn District #73, Diamond Lake Intermediate District #76, and Daniel Wright Middle School District #103. Most elementary students attend Hawthorn District #73 with 3,521 students. Most Vernon Hills students attend Libertyville Community District #128 which has two high schools within its district, Libertyville High School with 1,893 students and Vernon Hills High School with 756 students.
Vernon Hills offers a range of quality housing unmatched in Lake County for its diversity. The 2000 median house value was $223,300 and the median rent cost was $866. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000)
Police protection is provided by the Vernon Hills Police Department's 48 sworn officers. Public works services are provided by a 23 member department. Fire protection and emergency medical services are provided by Countryside Fire Protection District and the Lincolnshire/Riverwoods Fire Protection District.
Vernon Hills stands at the crossroads of southwest Lake County. State Rtes. 21, 60, 45 and 83 run through or are adjacent to the village while Interstate 94 is less than 2 miles away with a full interchange. Commuter rail service is available on the Metra Wisconsin Central Line. The train station is located at Rt. 45 and Ranney Blvd. Bus service is provided by Pace.