|— City —|
|• Type||Common Council|
|• Total||9.06 sq mi (23.47 km2)|
|• Land||8.76 sq mi (22.69 km2)|
|• Water||0.30 sq mi (0.78 km2)|
|Elevation||823 ft (251 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||14,769|
|• Density||1,642.7/sq mi (634.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1576690|
Whitewater is a city in Jefferson and Walworth counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Located near the southern portion of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Whitewater is the home of the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 14,390.
Whitewater is located at (42.834950, -88.736119).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.06 square miles (23.47 km2), of which, 8.76 square miles (22.69 km2) is land and 0.30 square miles (0.78 km2) is water. Most of the city lies in Walworth County.
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 14,390 people, 4,766 households, and 1,781 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,642.7 inhabitants per square mile (634.3 /km2). There were 5,113 housing units at an average density of 583.7 per square mile (225.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.0% White, 3.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.5% of the population.
There were 4,766 households out of which 18.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.2% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 62.6% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.01.
The median age in the city was 21.9 years. 11.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 53.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.7% were from 25 to 44; 11.8% were from 45 to 64; and 8.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,437 people, 4,132 households, and 1,685 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,923.5 people per square mile (742.2/km²). There were 4,340 housing units at an average density of 621.3 per square mile (239.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.25% White, 2.34% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.47% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.48% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.50% of the population.
There were 4,132 households out of which 19.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.5% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 59.2% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city the population was spread out with 12.5% under the age of 18, 53.2% from 18 to 24, 15.7% from 25 to 44, 9.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,600, and the median income for a family was $48,185. Males had a median income of $33,078 versus $22,431 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,965. About 10.6% of families and 27.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over. (Note: information in this paragraph is still from the 2000 census.)
Whitewater was founded at the confluence of Whitewater Creek and Spring Brook, and named for the white sand in their beds. A gristmill was built on Whitewater creek, the resulting pond now called Lake Cravath. The town grew quickly when the first railroad line in Wisconsin passed through in 1853, but struggled when the two largest employers left town.
In 2006, local historian Fred Kraege published a historical overview of the city, titled Whitewater, with Arcadia Press.
Local government 
The City of Whitewater has a council-manager form of government. Whitewater's Common Council is made up of one member from each of the five districts in the city and two members-at-large. The City Manager is Cameron Clapper. The Municipal Judge is Richard Kelly.
Council members 
- District 1: Jim Olsen
- District 2: Stephanie Abbott
- District 3: Jim Winship
- District 4: Lynn Binnie
- District 5: Sarah Bregant
- Member-at-Large: Ken Kidd
- Member-at-Large: Patrick Singer, Council President
The Common Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at City Hall, with its meetings being broadcast live on Whitewater Public Television.
Annual events in Whitewater include "Freeze Fest" in January, the Bridal Fair, Farm Toy Show in February, Maxwell Street Day and the 4th of July Celebration in July. Adding to these annual events are the Minneiska Water Ski Shows Saturday evenings on Whitewater Lake. Twice weekly throughout the year free guided walks are held of the city. Departing from the Highway 12 crossing of the Ice Age Trail, group biking tours depart several times a week from the area. September through April, Young Auditorium at the university features world-class entertainment.
Whitewater is home to several places of worship.
- Anchor Bible Church
- First United Methodist Church
- Kettle Moraine Baptist Church
- Living Word Fellowship
- Community of St. Patrick Catholic Church
- First English Lutheran Church
Public schools 
The Whitewater Unified School District (WWUSD) contains five schools.
- Whitewater High School (WHS)
- Whitewater Middle School (WMS)
- Washington Elementary School
- Lakeview Elementary School
- LINCS Charter School (formerly Lincoln Elementary School)
Private schools 
Public parks 
Some public parks in Whitewater include:
Notable people 
- Stephen Ambrose, author, historian
- Zadoc P. Beach, Wisconsin politician
- John Belushi, comedian, actor (attended UW–Whitewater)
- Tom Bigelow, auto racer
- Marvin H. Bovee, Wisconsin politician
- Edward S. Curtis, photographer, director, actor, cinematographer
- James Oscar Green, Jr., Distinguished Service Cross recipient
- Tom Hulce, actor
- Jeff Jagodzinski, NFL assistant coach, former head coach of the Boston College Eagles
- Dale Markham, NFL player
- Benjamin McCready, painter
- Stephen Nass, Wisconsin politician
- Leon Pescheret, painter, architect
- Elaine Roe, U.S. Army officer, one of the first four women to be awarded the Silver Star
- Edward J. Roethe, Wisconsin legislator
- Henry Edgar Roethe, Wisconsin legislator
- Eric Studesville, NFL assistant coach
- Eleazer Wakeley, Justice of the Nebraska Territory Supreme Court
- Bob Wickman, major league pitcher (attended UW–Whitewater)
- Samuel A. White, Wisconsin politician
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- History of Whitewater
- Anchor Bible Church
- Kettle Moraine Baptist Church
- Living Word Fellowship
- Kettle Moraine Baptist Academy
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