Warsaw is a city located in Benton County, Missouri. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 2,070. It is the county seat of Benton County. As of 2005, its estimated population was 2,268.
On July 14, 1954, the temperature in Warsaw rose to a staggering 118°F (48°C). This remains the hottest temperature ever recorded in the state of Missouri. However, on February 13, 1905, the temperature at Warsaw fell to -40°F (-40°C), the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state. Thus, it is only one of two cities in the United States which has recorded both its state's extreme temperatures. The other is Millsboro, Delaware.
Warsaw is located at 38°14'43" North, 93°22'38" West (38.245195, -93.377227). Because of its location and the general disposition of the residents, Warsaw is often referred to as "The Gateway to the South." According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it is water. The total area is 8.76% water, due in part to the construction of the Harry S Truman Reservoir and Dam, constructed from 1964 to 1979.