Whitewater is a somewhat small city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 14,895 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Whitewater is the 55th largest community in Wisconsin.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Whitewater is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Whitewater is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Whitewater who work in food service (15.28%), office and administrative support (13.18%), and sales jobs (10.28%).
Whitewater is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Whitewater area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Whitewater maintain a good economy.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Whitewater spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.33 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Being a small city, Whitewater does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
In terms of college education, Whitewater is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.62% of adults in Whitewater have a college degree.
The per capita income in Whitewater in 2018 was $17,542, which is low income relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,168 for a family of four. However, Whitewater contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Whitewater also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.26% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Whitewater is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Whitewater home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Whitewater residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Whitewater also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.96% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Whitewater include German, Irish, Polish, English, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Whitewater is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.