Introduction to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, in Walworth county, is 30 miles E of Janesville, Wisconsin and 40 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lake Geneva History

The city was named after Geneva, New York, as early settler John Brink found a similarity between the areas. The community was named Lake Geneva in order to avoid confusion with Geneva, Illinois, which is located nearby. The area gradually became a popular summer retreat because of the railroad access from Chicago. The area is also nicknamed "The Hamptons of the Midwest." The community functions under a mayor-council form of government.

Lake Geneva and nearby Attractions

  • Chester Gould Dick Tracy Museum
  • Moraine Hills State Park
  • Logic Puzzle Museum
  • Volo Bog State Natural Area
  • Volo Auto Museum
  • Big Foot Beach State Park

Things To Do In Lake Geneva

While in Lake Geneva, one can visit parks like the Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Big Foot Beach State Park, Moraine Hills State Park and Seminary Park, which offer various recreational opportunities. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Hillmoor Golf Club, the Geneva National Golf Club, the Abbey Springs Golf Course and the George Williams Golf Course. Local churches include Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, the First Methodist Church and the Church of the Holy Communion. Festivals hosted by the city include Winterfest, Oktoberfest and Art in the Park, which is held ever August.

Lake Geneva Transportation

General Mitchell International is the nearest major airport.

Lake Geneva Higher Education

Elgin Community College, the College of Lake County and Carroll College are the local colleges.


Total Population 7,714
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,812
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 47%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29%
Median Earnings25+ $31,175
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,336
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,259


Median Family Income $59,672
% Above Poverty Level 83.1%
% Below Poverty Level 16.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 36.1%
Median Gross Rent $781
Median House Value $185,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.6%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 12.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lake Geneva Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles E of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Walworth
Standard Zip Codes 53147
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.591
Longitude -88.433

Lake Geneva Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 27 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burlington 10,548 $69,716
Elkhorn 9,998 $62,514

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lake Geneva Public Libraries

Lake Geneva Public Library
918 W. MAIN ST.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
(262) 249-5299

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Lake Geneva Hospitals

(Government - Federal)
(262) 245-2222
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lake Geneva High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,280 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

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Serves 22 students.

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Historic Lake Geneva


Residence of Frank Chamberlain c1898.

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Residence of Frank Chamberlain c1898.

Lake Geneva (residence of Mr. L.Z. Leiter or Lieter) between 1880 and 1899

Residence of Mrs. George Sturgis between 1880 and 1899

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