Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
|Lake Geneva, Wisconsin|
Main Street Historic District in Lake Geneva
Location of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
|• 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 (2012)||7,710|
|• 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, USA. The population was 7,651 at the 2010 census. A resort city located on Geneva Lake, it is popular with tourists from metropolitan Chicago and Milwaukee.
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 of Geneva, Illinois, was renamed Lake Geneva; the abutting lake is named Geneva Lake.
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), with mansions and large homes such as Stone Manor and Black Point built on the lake from the 1850s, through the heyday of the Roaring 20s, and up to the present day. The city was then known as "The Newport of the West." In the early automobile era, the city hosted the first modern drive-in motel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and later during Prohibition smaller lake towns around the area became a haven for Al Capone and other mobsters.
In 1968, Hugh Hefner built his first Playboy resort in Lake Geneva. The club closed in 1981 and in 1982 was converted into the Americana Resort, and in 1993 to the present Grand Geneva Resort.
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, Nine Inch Nails, and Skidrow have recorded albums.
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 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.
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 operates under a mayor-council form of government. The city has four aldermanic districts with two representatives per district. It is managed by a full-time city administrator. The city has an elected attorney, judge and part-time treasurer.
- Margaret H. Bair - U.S. Air National Guard general
- Robert H. Baker - Wisconsin legislator, Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin
- Hiram Barber, Jr. - U.S. Representative from Illinois
- S. Carey - musician, member of Bon Iver
- Bobby Cook - NBA player
- Sal Dimiceli - philanthropist
- Gary Gygax - writer and game designer; co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons
- M. W. Kalaher - Wisconsin legislator
- John Brayshaw Kaye - poet and politician
- Mary L. Kirchoff - author of 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
- Ralph Townsend - author
- William Trinke - Wisconsin legislator
- Margaret Weis - author of Dragonlance novels
- Edwin A. Williams - Wisconsin legislator
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