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Whitewater, Kansas
—  City  —
Location of Whitewater, Kansas
Coordinates: 37°57′47″N 97°8′51″W / 37.96306°N 97.1475°W / 37.96306; -97.1475
Country United States
State Kansas
County Butler
 - Total 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 - Land 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,371 ft (418 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 653
 - Density 1,976.0/sq mi (762.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67154
Area code(s) 316
FIPS code 20-78050[1]
GNIS feature ID 0473708[2]

Whitewater is a city in Butler County, Kansas, United States, along the West Branch of the Whitewater River. The population was 653 at the 2000 census.



Whitewater was originally intended to be several miles to the east. Between 1885 and 1888, several buildings were moved to the present location on the Whitewater River after the Missouri Pacific railroad came through the area. The city was established where the Missouri Pacific and Rock Island railroads intersected. [3]


Whitewater is located at 37°57′47″N 97°8′51″W / 37.96306°N 97.1475°W / 37.96306; -97.1475 (37.963178, -97.147435)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 653 people, 232 households, and 171 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,976.0 people per square mile (764.0/km²). There were 255 housing units at an average density of 771.6/sq mi (298.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.78% White, 0.31% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 2.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.

There were 232 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,813, and the median income for a family was $43,984. Males had a median income of $33,958 versus $21,417 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,078. About 3.3% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ History of Butler County, pp. 175-176
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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