Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
|Lake Geneva, Wisconsin|
|— City —|
|Main Street Historic District in Lake Geneva|
|• Mayor||Jim Connors|
|• Administrator||Dennis Jordan|
|• City Council||Current Council Members|
|• Total||6.55 sq mi (16.96 km2)|
|• Land||6.54 sq mi (16.94 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||879 ft (268 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||7,679|
|• Density||1,169.9/sq mi (451.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||262 Exchanges: 248,249,348|
|GNIS feature ID||1581223|
Lake Geneva is a city in Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 7,651 at the 2010 census. A resort city located on Geneva Lake, it is southwest of Milwaukee and popular with tourists from metropolitan Chicago and Milwaukee.
Railroad access from Chicago made the area a popular summer retreat for the barons of wealth in lumber, cattle, oil, steel, cement, manufacturing, and durable goods (e.g., Morton Salt, Wrigley Chewing Gum, etc.), with mansions and large homes such as Stone Manor and Black Point built on the lake during the heyday of the Roaring 20s. The city was then known as "The Newport of the West." The city is also known today as "The Hamptons of the Midwest." In the early automobile era, the city's fortunes at first declined, and it soon became a haven for Al Capone and other mobsters. Shortly thereafter, it became the beautiful, natural, amazing small town it remains today. The city has been named one of the "Best Small Towns in America" on numerous lists during the last 50 years.
Hugh Hefner built his first Playboy resort there, which was much larger than any Playboy Club. The club was closed in 1981 and converted into the Americana Resort, and later to the present Grand Geneva Resort. Lake Geneva was also home to Dungeons and Dragons creator Gary Gygax until his death in 2008. Guns N' Roses lead singer, Axl Rose, also owned property on the southwest side of Geneva Lake from 1988 until 1998. It is rumored that George Lucas (Star Wars) and girlfriend Mellody Hobson have rented a residence on the south shore of Geneva Lake, when Mellody is not working in Chicago at Ariel Investments. Maria and Billy Bell (major modern art collectors and part of the daytime dramatic television dynasty), are also known to visit, along with the siblings Lauralee Bell and Bradley Bell.
The city operates under a mayor-council form of government. Lake Geneva recently annexed a large tract of land that will expand the city around the south shore of Geneva Lake.
Originally called "Muck-Suck" (Big Foot) for a Potawatomi chief, the city was later named Geneva after the town of Geneva, New York, located on Seneca Lake, to which early settler John Brink saw a resemblance. Geneva, to avoid confusion with the nearby town Geneva, Illinois, was renamed Lake Geneva; later the lake was renamed Geneva Lake. In practice both forms are used for the lake but never for the city.
Royal Records (formerly Shade Tree Studios) was a Lake Geneva music recording studio where artists such as Ministry, Cheap Trick, Queensryche, Crash Test Dummies, Iron Maiden, Black Diamond and Skidrow have all recorded albums.
Lake Geneva is located at (42.592380, -88.434424).
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,651 people, 3,323 households, and 1,879 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,169.9 inhabitants per square mile (451.7 /km2). There were 4,225 housing units at an average density of 646.0 per square mile (249.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.6% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 8.5% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.3% of the population.
There were 3,323 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.5% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.02.
The median age in the city was 39.8 years. 22.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,148 people, 3,053 households, and 1,801 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,425.1 people per square mile (549.8/km²). There were 3,757 housing units at an average density of 749.0 per square mile (289.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.81% White, 0.90% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 5.16% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.75% of the population. As of the 2010 United States Census there were 7,651 people for a population growth of 7.04% from the 2000 United States Census to the 2010 United States Census.
There were 3,053 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,924, and the median income for a family was $54,543. Males had a median income of $38,930 versus $25,671 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,536. About 4.7% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Lake Geneva is represented by eight Alderman and a Mayor. There are four Aldermanic Districts and two representatives per district. The City is managed by a full-time City Administrator. The City has an elected Attorney, Judge and part-time Treasurer.
Current Council Members 
- Mayor Jim Connors
- First District Alderman Gary Hougen
- First District Alderman Ellyn Kehoe
- Second District Alderman Jeff Wall
- Second District Alderman Alan Kupsik (Council President)
- Third District Alderman William Mott (Council Vice President)
- Third District Alderman Arleen Krohn
- Fourth District Alderman Sarah Hill
- Fourth District Alderman Don Tolar
Notable people 
- Margaret H. Bair - U.S. Air National Guard general
- Hiram Barber, Jr. - U.S. Representative from Illinois
- S. Carey - musician, member of Bon Iver
- Bobby Cook - NBA player
- Sal Dimiceli, noted philanthropist
- Gary Gygax - writer and game designer; co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons
- John Brayshaw Kaye - poet and politician, wrote Songs of Lake Geneva (1882)
- Mary L. Kirchoff - author of more than ten published works, including the Dragonlance novels
- Kerwin Mathews - actor
- Ryan Mathews - NASCAR driver
- Buddy Melges - Olympic gold medalist, member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame
- Baby Face Nelson - bank robber
- John R. Powers - author who wrote Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? and a nationally known speaker.
- William Trinke - Wisconsin legislator
- Margaret Weis - author of many fantasy series, most popularly the Dragonlance novels
Entrance sign on WIS 120
See also 
Further reading 
- Fogle, Phil. Grassroots -- Lake Geneva: An Illustrated History of the Geneva Lake Area (The Centennial Book). Big Foot Publishing Company: Williams Bay, Wisconsin. 1986.
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Steven A. Simon, "A Half-Century of History", Fifty Years of Excellence: Building Leaders of Character for the Nation, 2004.
- The Encyclopedia of Wisconsin, 1990, ISBN 0-403-09907-1
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Songs of Lake Geneva (1882) and other poems, G.P.Putnam's Sons, New York 
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin|
- Streets of Lake Geneva a local resource site for Lake Geneva residents and visitors
- VIDEOS of Lake Geneva
- Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce
- Lake Geneva Junior Chamber of Commerce
- Geneva Lake Museum of History
- Images of Lake Geneva : Over 500 souvenir-quality photographs and postcards, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
- Interactive Walworth County Plat Map (1857)
- Everts, Baskin, and Stewart. Combination Atlas Map of Walworth County, Wisconsin 1873