Adams is a city in Adams County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 1,967 at the 2010 census. The city is located within the Town of Adams.
Adams was originally called South Friendship, but after a petition from residents who did not like the name, the Chicago and North Western Railway changed it to Adams due to its short nature. The town became a division point in 1911 for the lines of the Chicago and North Western Railway The Milwaukee, Sparta, and Northwestern Railroad, a subsidiary of the Chicago and North Western Railway, began the "Air Line" or "Adams Cutoff" from Adams towards Sparta, Wisconsin in 1910.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.96 square miles (7.67 km2), of which, 2.95 square miles (7.64 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. Adams is located at 43°57′19″N 89°49′1″W (43.955280, -89.816920).
Adams shares a common border with the Village of Friendship, leading to the common use of the name Adams-Friendship in news and weather reports as well as the name of the city's school district Adams Friendship Area School District.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,967 people, 886 households, and 479 families living in the city. The population density was 666.8 inhabitants per square mile (257.5/km2). There were 990 housing units at an average density of 335.6 per square mile (129.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.8% White, 1.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races.