Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Clockwise from top: Geneva Lake, Locally owned Popeyes Restaurant, Downtown Lake Geneva, The Riviera
"Where Memories are Born and Reborn"
Location of Lake Geneva in Walworth County, Wisconsin.
|• Mayor||Charlene Klein|
|• Administrator||David Nord|
|• City Council||Current Council Members|
|• Total||6.87 sq mi (17.79 km2)|
|• Land||6.86 sq mi (17.76 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)|
|Elevation||879 ft (268 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,181.83/sq mi (456.28/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1581223|
Lake Geneva is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Located in Walworth County and situated on Geneva Lake, it is home to an estimated 8,105 people as of 2019, up from 7,651 at the 2010 census. It is located about 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee and 80 miles northwest of Chicago.
Originally called "Maunk-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. To avoid confusion with the nearby town of Geneva, Illinois, it was renamed Lake Geneva. The abutting lake is named Geneva Lake.
In 1968, the late 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 Recorders (formerly Shade Tree Studios) was a Lake Geneva music recording studio where artists such as Ministry from Chicago, Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs album '92; Cheap Trick from Rockford, Illinois, Standing on the Edge album '85; Queensrÿche, Empire 1990; Crash Test Dummies "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" in '93; Iron Maiden, Nine Inch Nails from Cleveland Broken (Nine Inch Nails EP) in '92; and Skid Row have recorded albums.
Lake Geneva is located at  The city is situated on the northeast bay of Geneva Lake on relatively flat ground, with some steep hills and bluffs. The White River flows out of Geneva Lake for 19 miles into Burlington, Wisconsin.(42.592380, -88.434424).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.55 square miles (16.96 km2), of which, 6.54 square miles (16.94 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
At the 2010 census there were 7,651 people, 3,323 households, and 1,879 families living 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 3,323 households 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 households were one person and 15.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.02.
The median age 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 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.
At the 2000 census there were 7,148 people, 3,053 households, and 1,801 families living 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%. At the 2010 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.
Of the 3,053 households 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 households were one person and 12.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.01.
The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $40,924 and the median family income 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 a full-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
- Troy A. Dyer - film producer, script consultant, media insurance advisor
- Gary Gygax - writer and game designer; 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
- 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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