Blue Rapids, Kansas

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Blue Rapids is a city in Marshall County, Kansas in the United States. The population was 1,088 at the 2000 census.

Located on highway US-77/K-9, Blue Rapids is 5 miles (8.0 km) east of its sister town Waterville, 12 miles (19 km) south of the county seat Marysville, 13 miles (21 km) west of Frankfort, and 46 miles (74 km) north of the large university town of Manhattan.



Blue Rapids is located in northeast Kansas near the junction of the Little Blue and Big Blue rivers, at 39°40′54″N 96°39′34″W / 39.68167°N 96.65944°W / 39.68167; -96.65944Coordinates: 39°40′54″N 96°39′34″W / 39.68167°N 96.65944°W / 39.68167; -96.65944. Its elevation is 1,150 feet (350 m) above sea level. Georgia-Pacific has a gypsum mine near Blue Rapids containing some of the purest gypsum in the world.[citation needed]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²), which is 99% land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,088 people, 439 households, and 295 families residing in the city. The population density was 529 people per square mile (204/km²). There were 494 housing units at an average density of 240/sq mi (93/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.07% White, 0.18% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.55% of the population.

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