Whitewater, Kansas

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



In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway Company built a line through Whitewater area.[3] It was renamed four times and currently named the Union Pacific Railroad.

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.[4]


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)[5], along the West Branch of the Whitewater River. 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.

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