Introduction to Whitewater, Wisconsin

Whitewater, Wisconsin, in Walworth county, is 17 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin and 44 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Whitewater History

Whitewater was established at the confluence of Whitewater Creek and Spring Brook. The city got its current name from the white sand in the local watersheds. Much of the city’s development occurred after 1853, when the railroad line in Wisconsin passed through Whitewater. In 2006, a historical overview of the city of Whitewater was published by Fred Kraege, a local historian.

Whitewater and nearby Attractions

  • Troy Electric Railroad Museum
  • Aztalan State Park
  • Milton House Museum
  • Rockport Park
  • Tallman House

Things To Do In Whitewater

The city of Whitewater celebrates the Homecoming Festival and Winterfest every year. Local museums like the Troy Electric Railroad Museum, the Hoard Historical Museum and the Milton House Museum. The historic Tallman House, built by W.M. Tallman, is also accessible from Whitewater. Aztalan State Park, Palmer Park and Rockport Park are all nearby.

Whitewater Transportation

General Mitchell International is the nearest major airport

Whitewater Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Waukesha County Technical College and Carroll College are some of the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 14,866
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 7.1%
Employed Population 16+ 7,771
Age of the Population 22


% of people married 21.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,567
% Above Poverty Level 62.1%
% Below Poverty Level 37.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 18.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 32.2%
Median Gross Rent $717
Median House Value $168,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 8%
Irish 14.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Whitewater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles NE of Janesville, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Walworth
Standard Zip Codes 53190
Phone Area Codes 262
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.833
Longitude -88.732

Whitewater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Distance 27.6 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 27 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Eagle 1,777 $90,573
Fort Atkinson 12,447 $62,212
Jefferson 7,965 $58,050
Milton 5,572 $59,830
Palmyra 1,640 $61,290
Sullivan 693 $68,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Whitewater Public Libraries

Irvin L. Young Memorial Library
Whitewater, Wisconsin
(262) 473-0530

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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