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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,754
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+3,819
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married48.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.9%
Median Earnings25+$35,231
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,011
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,000

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,617
% Above Poverty Level83.6%
% Below Poverty Level16.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work5%
% Using Public Transportation2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone35.3%
Median Gross Rent$845
Median House Value$190,200

Ancestry

German33%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20.7%
Irish15%
English9.4%
Italian5.5%
Polish5.4%
Norwegian4.1%
Swedish3.2%
Scottish2.2%
Czech1.9%
Dutch1.4%
Brazilian1.3%
Greek1%
Austrian1%
Danishn0.9%
Lithuanian0.8%
French Except Basque0.7%
Portuguese0.6%
Finnish0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Canadian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Arab0.3%
Russian0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Lake Geneva Almanac

CategoryValue
County Walworth County
Standard Zip Codes53147
Phone Area Codes262
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.58
Approximate Longitude-88.42

Lake Geneva Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLAKE GENEVA
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp12 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 86 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip37 inches
StationBURLINGTON
Distance10.2 miles
Jan Temp9 to 27 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip33.9 inches
StationANTIOCH
Distance18.6 miles
Jan Temp11 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burlington10,571$71,250
Elkhorn9,931$61,009

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

Mercy Walworth Hospital & Medical Center
(Non-profit)
N2950 State Road 67
(262) 245-0535

Lake Geneva Public Schools

Reek Elementary
W4094 S Lakeshore Dr
ZIP: 53147
(262) 248-4120
Primary
Total Enrollment 132
Badger High
220 E South St
ZIP: 53147
(262) 348-2000
High
Total Enrollment 1440
Central - Denison Elementary
900 Wisconsin St
ZIP: 53147
(262) 348-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 713
Lake Geneva Middle
600 N Bloomfield Rd
ZIP: 53147
(262) 348-3000
Middle
Total Enrollment 724
Eastview Elementary
507 Sage St
ZIP: 53147
(262) 348-6000
Middle
Total Enrollment 281
Woods Elementary
N2575 Snake Rd
ZIP: 53147
(262) 248-3816
Primary
Total Enrollment 218
Traver Elementary
W3490 Linton Rd
ZIP: 53147
(262) 248-4067
Primary
Total Enrollment 101
Star Center Elementary
W1380 Lake Geneva Hwy
ZIP: 53147
(262) 348-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 408

Lake Geneva Private Schools

St Francis De Sales School
130 W Main St
ZIP: 53147
Elementary
Total Enrollment 136
Mount Zion Christian School
2330 Highway 120
ZIP: 53147
Elementary
Total Enrollment 40
First Lutheran School
1101 Logan St
ZIP: 53147
Elementary
Total Enrollment 62
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Historic Lake Geneva

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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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