Lake Lotawana is a private 480-acre lake community located in Eastern Jackson County, Missouri within the Kansas City metropolitan area with a population of 1,939 as of 2010. It was conceived and built in the 1920’s by the Lake Lotawana Development Company, following its successful creation of Lake Tapawingo, a smaller 120-acre lake development located adjacent to the City of Blue Springs, Missouri. The Lake Lotawana development consists of approximately 15.5 miles of surrounding private single lane asphalt roads; a 58 feet tall earthen dam and spillway structure (registered as a Missouri Class-2 Dam), approximately 2,000 platted first and second tier lots, various land tracts, over 150 acres of common parkway land surrounding the lake, as well as various easements and a perimeter two feet wide strip of land for the purpose of retaining the development’s privacy. The community is currently governed by The City of Lake Lotawana, organized under Missouri statutes as Fourth Class City, and Lake Lotawana Association, Inc. (LLA), a Chapter 355 not-or-profit corporation, made up of approximately 1,250 property owners, also referred to as “Members”. It is located 35 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City bordering Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit.
Lake Lotawana is located at 38°55′36″N 94°15′12″W / 38.92667°N 94.25333°W / 38.92667; -94.25333 (38.926627, −94.253201).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.29 square miles (29.24 km), of which 10.31 square miles (26.70 km) is land and 0.98 square miles (2.54 km) is water.
According to the Lake Lotawana website the lake has 600 acres of surface water and 27 miles of shoreline.
The city originally had approximately 2.3 square miles of area. An annexation in 2001 expanded the boundary south to U.S. Highway 50. This included the Barber Rock Quarry, which is positioned upstream from the lake. Sediment from the quarry operations and farming in the watershed of the lake resulted in the need for hydraulic dredging to maintain the coves on the southwest side of the lake. Another annexation in 2004 expanded the city area to about 11.3 square miles.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,939 people, 840 households, and 566 families residing in the city. The population density was 188.1 inhabitants per square mile (72.6/km). There were 1,299 housing units at an average density of 126.0 per square mile (48.6/km). The racial makeup of the city was 96.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.
There were 840 households of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.6% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.75.
The median age in the city was 46.7 years. 19.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.8% were from 25 to 44; 37.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.7% male and 48.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,872 people, 815 households, and 567 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,230.3 people per square mile (475.5/km²). There were 970 housing units at an average density of 637.5 per square mile (246.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.86% White, 0.21% African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.34% of the population.
There were 815 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.71.
In the city the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 34.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 103.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $65,750, and the median income for a family was $72,500. Males had a median income of $50,991 versus $35,774 for females. The per capita income for the city was $38,125. About 2.8% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.