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Williams Bay, Wisconsin
—  Village  —
Skyline over Geneva Lake
Location of Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 42°34′27″N 88°32′37″W / 42.57417°N 88.54361°W / 42.57417; -88.54361
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Walworth
 - Total 3.5 sq mi (9.0 km2)
 - Land 2.6 sq mi (6.9 km2)
 - Water 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
Elevation [1] 879 ft (268 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,415
 - Density 912.6/sq mi (352.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 55-87200[2]
GNIS feature ID 1576761[1]
View of Williams Bay from Cedar Point Park

Williams Bay is a village in Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 2,415 at the 2000 census.



Williams Bay is home to the Yerkes Observatory.


Williams Bay is located at 42°34′27″N 88°32′37″W / 42.57417°N 88.54361°W / 42.57417; -88.54361 (42.574208, -88.543690)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (6.9 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (23.70%) is water.


Williams Bay is one of three incorporated villages on Geneva Lake. Much of the area was settled in the late 19th century and early 20th century as a vacation spot for wealthy Chicagoans. During the latter part of the 20th century, Williams Bay (and the surrounding lakes area) saw an explosive housing boom. The population has nearly doubled within the past 30 years as more people are finding its slow-paced, relaxed style attractive.

Williams Bay is home to a beautiful lake-side park including a beach (including new beach house built in 2006). The park also has a public boat launching facility.


No public transportation presently serves Williams Bay, but until the 1960s, it was the terminus of the Chicago and North Western Railway. The line also had stops in Como, Lake Geneva, Genoa City, Richmond, and McHenry, Illinois. A nature park now exists where the railroad once had a station and yards, but the right-of-way is still discernible in some areas.


  • The public schools include Williams Bay Elementary and Williams Bay High School. There is one private school that services K-12, Faith Christian School


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,415 people, 993 households, and 639 families residing in the village. The population density was 912.6 people per square mile (351.9/km²). There were 1,772 housing units at an average density of 669.6/sq mi (258.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.18% White, 0.50% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.70% from other races, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.73% of the population.

There were 993 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the village the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $50,450, and the median income for a family was $60,573. Males had a median income of $45,750 versus $24,875 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,231. About 5.3% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents


  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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