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Walworth County
Walworth County Courthouse
Walworth County Courthouse
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Walworth County
Location within the U.S. state of Wisconsin
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Wisconsin's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
Founded 1839
Named for Reuben H. Walworth
Seat Elkhorn
Largest city Whitewater
Area
 • Total 577 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land 555 sq mi (1,440 km2)
 • Water 21 sq mi (50 km2)  3.7%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 104,504
 • Estimate 
(2020)
103,953
 • Density 181.12/sq mi (69.93/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts 1st, 5th

Walworth County is a county located in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 102,228. Its county seat is Elkhorn. The county was created in 1836 from Wisconsin Territory and organized in 1839. It is named for Reuben H. Walworth. Walworth County comprises the Whitewater-Elkhorn, WI Micropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha, WI Combined Statistical Area. Lake Geneva, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Alpine Valley Resort, and Music Theatre are located in Walworth County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 555 square miles (1,440 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (3.7%) is water.

Transportation

Major highways

  • I-43.svg Interstate 43
  • US 12.svg U.S. Highway 12
  • US 14.svg U.S. Highway 14
  • WIS 11.svg Highway 11 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 20.svg Highway 20 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 36.svg Highway 36 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 50.svg Highway 50 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 59.svg Highway 59 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 67.svg Highway 67 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 83.svg Highway 83 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 89.svg Highway 89 (Wisconsin)
  • WIS 120.svg Highway 120 (Wisconsin)

Airport

East Troy Municipal Airport (FAA LID: 57C), serves the county and surrounding communities

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,611
1850 17,862 584.1%
1860 26,496 48.3%
1870 25,972 −2.0%
1880 26,249 1.1%
1890 27,860 6.1%
1900 29,259 5.0%
1910 29,614 1.2%
1920 29,327 −1.0%
1930 31,058 5.9%
1940 33,103 6.6%
1950 41,584 25.6%
1960 52,368 25.9%
1970 63,444 21.2%
1980 71,507 12.7%
1990 75,000 4.9%
2000 93,759 25.0%
2010 102,228 9.0%
2020 (est.) 103,953 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020
USA Walworth County, Wisconsin age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Walworth County

At the 2000 census there were 93,759 people, 34,522 households, and 23,267 families in the county. The population density was 169 people per square mile (65/km2). There were 43,783 housing units at an average density of 79 per square mile (30/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 94.49% White, 0.84% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.62% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 6.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Of the 34,522 households 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families. 24.70% of households were one person and 9.20% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.

The age distribution was 24.20% under the age of 18, 13.80% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.20 males.

In 2017, there were 918 births, giving a general fertility rate of 48.8 births per 1000 women aged 15–44, the sixth lowest rate out of all 72 Wisconsin counties.

Communities

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Walworth County sign

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