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Wathena, Kansas - Basic Facts

The City of Wathena had a population of 1,428 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Wathena is located at latitude 39.7609 and longitude -94.9277 in Doniphan County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wathena (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.28 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Doniphan County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 823 feet.

The City of Wathena (GNIS ID: 2397215) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Wathena is located within Township of Washington, a minor civil division (MCD) of Doniphan County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wathena population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wathena: Petersburg.

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Wathena, KS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,428
Population in Households 1,395
Population in Familes 1,148
Population in Group Qrtrs 33
Population Density1 627
Diversity Index2 15


Total Households 576
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 399
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 606 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 413 (68.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 164 (27.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 30 ( 5.0%)
Median Home Value $108,333
Average Home Value $145,874


Median Household Income $49,594
Average Household Income $62,270
Per Capita Income $25,463
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.63% 0.21%
Households 0.64% 0.21%
Families 1.24% 0.15%
Median Household Income   2.36%
Per Capita Income   3.54%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Wathena, KS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wathena to the other 671 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 156 77th
Population Density1 # 424 37th
Diversity Index2 # 390 42nd
Median Household Income # 356 47th
Per Capita Income # 377 44th

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