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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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Clockwise from top: Geneva Lake, locally-owned Popeye's Restaurant, downtown Lake Geneva, The Riviera
Motto(s): 
"Where Memories are Born and Reborn"
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Location of Lake Geneva in Walworth County, Wisconsin.
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Location of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin
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Lake Geneva
Location of Lake Geneva in the USA
Coordinates: 42°35′33″N88°26′4″W / 42.59250°N 88.43444°W / 42.59250; -88.43444 Coordinates: 42°35′33″N88°26′4″W / 42.59250°N 88.43444°W / 42.59250; -88.43444
Country Flag of the United States.svg  United States
State Flag of Wisconsin.svg  Wisconsin
County Walworth
Government
  MayorCharlene Klein
  AdministratorDavid Nord
  City Council Current Council Members
Area
[1]
  Total6.87 sq mi (17.79 km2)
  Land6.86 sq mi (17.76 km2)
  Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
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879 ft (268 m)
Population
 (2010) [3]
  Total7,651
  Estimate 
(2019) [4]
8,105
  Density1,181.83/sq mi (456.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
53147
Area code 262
FIPS code 55-41450 [5]
GNIS feature ID1581223 [2]
Website www.cityoflakegeneva.com

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 40 miles southwest of Milwaukee and 65 miles northwest of Chicago.

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Given its relative proximity to both the Chicago metropolitan and Milwaukee metropolitan areas, it has become a popular resort city that thrives on tourism. Since the late 19th century, Lake Geneva has been home to numerous lakefront mansions owned by wealthy Chicagoans as second homes, leading it to be nicknamed the "Newport of the West". [6]

History

Originally called "Maunk-suck" (Big Foot) for the Potawatomi leader who lived on the lake in the first half of the 19th Century, [7] the city was later named Geneva after the town of Geneva, New York, [8] located on Seneca Lake, to which government surveyor John Brink saw a resemblance. To avoid confusion with the nearby town of Geneva, Wisconsin, it was renamed Lake Geneva. The abutting lake is named Geneva Lake.

After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, a number of wealthy and prominent Chicago industrialists fled to the shores of Geneva Lake – then a popular summer camp destination – by train. Many of the families decided to build palatial summer homes on the lake, which led it to be nicknamed the "Newport of the West". Lake Geneva remains a popular summer tourism destination for boating, water sports, and viewing the mansions, which can be seen from the public Geneva Lake Shore Path. Two historic Lake Geneva mansions are currently open to the public: the Baker House, built in 1885, is a bed-and-breakfast, while Black Point, the lakefront summer estate built for beer baron Conrad Seipp in 1888 in the nearby town of Linn is operated as a museum by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Other famous residents who built or have owned mansions on the Geneva Lake include the Wrigleys, the Schwinns, Otto Young, and Richard Driehaus. [9]

In 1954, Lake Geneva was one of the three finalists for the location of the new United States Air Force Academy, but ultimately lost to Colorado Springs, Colorado. [10]

In 1968, the late Hugh Hefner built his first Playboy resort in Lake Geneva. [11] The club closed in 1981 and in 1982 was converted into the Americana Resort, and in 1993 to the present Grand Geneva Resort. [12] [13]

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 was also home to TSR, Inc., the original publisher of the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, until its takeover by Wizards of the Coast in 1997.

Geography

Lake Geneva is located at 42°35′33″N88°26′4″W / 42.59250°N 88.43444°W / 42.59250; -88.43444 (42.592380, -88.434424). [14] 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.

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. [15]

Climate

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Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1860 1,097
1870 997−9.1%
1880 1,96997.5%
1890 2,29716.7%
1900 2,58512.5%
1910 3,07919.1%
1920 2,632−14.5%
1930 3,07316.8%
1940 3,2385.4%
1950 4,30032.8%
1960 4,92914.6%
1970 4,890−0.8%
1980 5,61214.8%
1990 5,9796.5%
2000 7,14819.6%
2010 7,6517.0%
2020 8,2778.2%
U.S. Decennial Census [17]

2010 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%. [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.

2000 census

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%. [5] 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.

2020 Census

At the 2020 census the population was 8,277.

Media

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Lake Shore Drive near Fontana, 1932 postcard

Lake Geneva's main newspaper is the Lake Geneva Regional News , a Lee Enterprises-owned weekly (published Thursdays) newspaper that has served the Lake Geneva area since 1872.

WLKG (96.1 FM) is a hot adult contemporary-formatted radio station licensed to Lake Geneva.

Government

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 city attorney and an elected municipal judge. [18]

Parks and Recreation

Flatiron Park in Lake Geneva has the Lake Geneva Visitor Center inside the park boundaries, while Seminary Park is the former site of the Lake Geneva Seminary. [19] There is also a public beach on the shore of Geneva Lake.

Transportation

Lake Geneva is served by U.S. Route 12, as well as two Wisconsin state highways; Wisconsin Highway 50 and Wisconsin Highway 120.

Notable people

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