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Wakarusa, Kansas
KDOT map of Shawnee County (legend)
Wakarusa is located in Kansas
Wakarusa is located in the United States
Coordinates: 38°53′09″N 95°41′45″W / 38.88583°N 95.69583°W / 38.88583; -95.69583Coordinates: 38°53′09″N 95°41′45″W / 38.88583°N 95.69583°W / 38.88583; -95.69583[1]
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.999 sq mi (12.95 km2)
 • Land4.965 sq mi (12.86 km2)
 • Water0.034 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation951 ft (290 m)
 • Total242
 • Density48/sq mi (19/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code785
FIPS code20-74425 [1]
GNIS ID479077 [1]

Wakarusa is an unincorporated community in Shawnee County, Kansas, United States.[1] As of the 2020 census, the population of the community and nearby areas was 242.[3] It is located 11 miles (18 km) south of downtown Topeka. Wakarusa is also the name of an unincorporated community in adjacent Douglas County, Kansas, 6.6 mi (10.6 km) southwest of downtown Lawrence and the name of the township that includes Lawrence, Kansas.


Wakarusa was founded in 1858.[4]

Wakarusa has a post office with ZIP code 66546.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Wakarusa as a census-designated place (CDP).


The community is served by Auburn–Washburn USD 437 public school district.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Wakarusa, Kansas", Geographic Names Information System, United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ a b "Profile of Wakarusa, Kansas (CDP) in 2020". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 8, 2022. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  4. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. pp. 854.
  5. ^ ZIP Code Lookup

Further reading

  • Living in the Depot: The Two-Story Railroad Station; H. Roger Grant; University of Iowa Press; 130 pages; 1993; ISBN 978-0877455882. Contains historic images of Kansas stations at Alta Vista, Bucklin, Comiskey, Haddam, Hoyt, and Wakarusa.

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