Welcome to Hiawatha!
On behalf of the citizens of Hiawatha, please accept my warm welcome. Our city rests in the fertile rolling hills of northeast Kansas where we are the largest city in Brown County, Kansas, and the county seat. While farming comprises a large part of our local economy, we have many diverse industries related to manufacturing, retail, and professional services. Recently, many new businesses have located within the city, and existing ones are expanding making employment prospects brighter than ever. This along with a very affordable housing market and excellent schools makes Hiawatha a wonderful place to raise a family.
The Hiawatha Community Hospital features a modern surgical center that offers a wide range of general and specialty procedures. USD 415 consistently performs above state and national averages on various standardized tests. Rhodes and Fulbright scholars have graduated from Hiawatha High School. Local youth enjoy a full range of city sponsored recreational opportunities including soccer, football, swimming, softball, and baseball. The Hiawatha Country Club offers men’s and women’s league golf and a number of tournaments throughout the year. Fine art enthusiasts can enjoy adult and youth art lessons, local community theater productions, and various musical endeavors such as the music club and summer concerts on the courthouse lawn.
Those who have visited Hiawatha before will be pleasantly surprised to find that we have renovated Main Street and replaced the historic light poles. These two projects and economic development initiatives represent large financial commitments by the citizens to the City of Hiawatha and its future. Herein then resides the real strength of our community: the dedication of our people to making Hiawatha better for those who come after us. If you are considering raising a family, starting a business, or retiring, please give us a thought. If you once called Hiawatha home, then perhaps it is time to let Hiawatha call you home. Hiawatha is not just a great place to be from; Hiawatha is a great place to be.
With kindest regards,
Mayor Crosby L. Gernon