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Coldwater, Kansas
Comanche County Museum (2010)
Comanche County Museum (2010)
Location within Comanche County and Kansas
Location within Comanche County and Kansas
KDOT map of Comanche County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Comanche
Founded 1884
Incorporated 1885
Named for Coldwater, Michigan
 • Total 2.90 sq mi (7.51 km2)
 • Land 2.56 sq mi (6.64 km2)
 • Water 0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
2,100 ft (600 m)
 • Total 687
 • Density 236.9/sq mi (91.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-14700
GNIS ID 470738

Coldwater is a city and county seat of Comanche County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 687.


In 1884 G.W. Vickers, conceived the idea of laying out a town in the northern part of Comanche county, in company with Timothy Shields, J.P. Grove, Samuel Sisson, C.M. Cade and C.D. Bickford, all from Harper county. They preempted a section of land, had it platted off as a town site and named it after the city of Coldwater, Michigan. Early the following year the county had the required number of inhabitants, who petitioned the governor for its organization, and on February 27, 1885, it was organized with Owen Connaughton, George M. Morris and David T. Mclntire, commissioners and R.A. Grossman, clerk. Coldwater was designated as the county seat.

The first post office in Coldwater was established on October 17, 1884.


Coldwater is located at 37°16′10″N 99°19′34″W / 37.26944°N 99.32611°W / 37.26944; -99.32611 (37.269553, -99.326061). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.98 square miles (7.72 km2), of which, 2.64 square miles (6.84 km2) is land and 0.34 square miles (0.88 km2) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Coldwater has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Area attractions


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 480
1900 263 −45.2%
1910 684 160.1%
1920 1,207 76.5%
1930 1,296 7.4%
1940 1,214 −6.3%
1950 1,208 −0.5%
1960 1,164 −3.6%
1970 1,016 −12.7%
1980 989 −2.7%
1990 939 −5.1%
2000 792 −15.7%
2010 828 4.5%
2020 687 −17.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 828 people, 380 households, and 217 families residing in the city. The population density was 313.6 inhabitants per square mile (121.1/km2). There were 458 housing units at an average density of 173.5 per square mile (67.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 380 households, of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.9% were non-families. 39.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 46.1 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 25.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.


The community is served by Comanche County USD 300 public school district. South Central High School is located in Coldwater.

Coldwater High School closed because of school unification.



U.S. Route 160 and U.S. Route 183 passes through Coldwater.

Notable people

  • Chick Brandom, baseball player
  • Harold Herd, former Kansas Supreme Court justice (1979–1993), minority leader in Kansas State Senate (1969–1973), mayor of Coldwater (1950–1954), officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

See also

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