Walworth County

Walworth County is transitioning from an agricultural and tourism-based economy into a diverse mix of tourism, retail, manufacturing and agri-based companies. It is home to the Whitewater Campus of the University of Wisconsin, which is nationally recognized as a leader in information technology; Gateway Technical College; and George Williams College. Given its natural beauty, rolling hills and more than two dozen sparkling lakes, Walworth County offers a wealth of recreational choices, including hiking, biking and golfing.

The sandy beaches, resorts and boutique shops have made Lake Geneva and surrounding communities a tourist mecca since the 1880s and they remain a popular summer destination for Chicago residents. Walworth County also is home to the region's largest golfing resorts and spas, including Grand Geneva, Interlaken, The Abbey and Lake Lawn.

Walworth County offers quality living in a safe, semi-rural environment that is just a short drive from the amenities of Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago.

Click here to read an OnMilwaukee.com profile of Walworth County that highlights its unique attractions and appeal.

Economic Development Information:
Walworth County Economic Development Alliance - www.walworthbusiness.com

Visitor Information:
Walworth County Visitors' Bureau - www.visitwalworthcounty.com

Walworth County At A Glance
Population (2009 Est.) 100,800
Population Change 2000-2009
Labor Force (2010) 54,913
Unemployment Rate (2010) 8.8%
Per Capita Personal Income (2009) 33,136
Major Cities
Whitewater (14,136), Elkhorn (9,118), Delavan (8,282), Lake Geneva (8,029)
Colleges, Vocational Schools and Universities Gateway Technical College, George Williams College, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Largest Walworth County Private-Sector Employers (250+ Employees)
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Resort 500-999
Wal-Mart Discount department stores
Miniature Precision Components Inc.
Thermoplastic components
Pentair Water
Pumps & pumping equipment
Aurora Health care
Health care services
Waukesha Cherry-Burrell
Pumps & pumping equipment
Abbey Resort
Resort hotel
Agrilink Foods
Frozen vegetables
Compass Group He Services Inc.


Lake Geneva

Nestled along the shores of Geneva Lake, the second-deepest inland lake in Wisconsin, the Lake Geneva and Williams Bay area has been a popular tourist destination and popular crossroads for more than 100 years because of its proximity to Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee.

Quick Facts

Year Founded: 1837

Population (2006): 7,489

Population Growth (1990-2000): 20%

Median Income (2000): $40,294

Percent Population Under 20: 24%

Percent Population Over 55: 25%