Bourbon County, Kansas

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Bourbon County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Bourbon County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded August 25, 1855
Named for Bourbon County, Kentucky
Seat Fort Scott
Largest city Fort Scott
Area
 • Total 639 sq mi (1,655 km2)
 • Land 635 sq mi (1,645 km2)
 • Water 3.6 sq mi (9 km2), 0.6%
Population
 • (2010) 15,173
 • Density 24/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website bourboncountyks.org

Coordinates: 37°51′N 94°51′W / 37.850°N 94.850°W / 37.850; -94.850

Bourbon County (county code BB) is a county located in Southeast Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 15,173.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Fort Scott.[2]

Law and government[edit]

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 1992, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 639 square miles (1,660 km2), of which 635 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2) (0.6%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Sources: National Atlas,[5] U.S. Census Bureau[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 6,101
1870 15,076 147.1%
1880 19,591 29.9%
1890 28,575 45.9%
1900 24,712 −13.5%
1910 24,007 −2.9%
1920 23,198 −3.4%
1930 22,386 −3.5%
1940 20,944 −6.4%
1950 19,153 −8.6%
1960 16,090 −16.0%
1970 15,215 −5.4%
1980 15,969 5.0%
1990 14,966 −6.3%
2000 15,379 2.8%
2010 15,173 −1.3%
Est. 2013 14,852 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[11] there were 15,379 people, 6,161 households, and 4,127 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 7,135 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.06% White, 3.08% Black or African American, 0.84% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.29% of the population.

There were 6,161 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 24.20% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,199, and the median income for a family was $39,239. Males had a median income of $27,043 versus $20,983 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,393. About 9.50% of families and 13.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.00% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Unified school districts[edit]

Communities[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Bourbon County (map legend)

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Bourbon County is divided into eleven townships. The city of Fort Scott is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Drywood 18750 394 3 (8) 120 (47) 0 (0) 0.19% 37°43′19″N 94°40′36″W / 37.72194°N 94.67667°W / 37.72194; -94.67667
Franklin 24300 312 2 (4) 185 (71) 0 (0) 0.13% 37°59′41″N 94°59′14″W / 37.99472°N 94.98722°W / 37.99472; -94.98722
Freedom 24600 Fulton 505 4 (12) 113 (44) 0 (0) 0.17% 38°0′4″N 94°44′45″W / 38.00111°N 94.74583°W / 38.00111; -94.74583
Marion 44650 Bronson,
Uniontown
1,165 4 (12) 259 (100) 0 (0) 0.19% 37°51′14″N 95°1′12″W / 37.85389°N 95.02000°W / 37.85389; -95.02000
Marmaton 44900 815 6 (15) 145 (56) 0 (0) 0.13% 37°48′57″N 94°50′16″W / 37.81583°N 94.83778°W / 37.81583; -94.83778
Mill Creek 46675 472 3 (9) 136 (52) 1 (0) 0.42% 37°54′45″N 94°50′14″W / 37.91250°N 94.83722°W / 37.91250; -94.83722
Osage 53100 394 3 (8) 125 (48) 0 (0) 0.16% 37°58′40″N 94°39′33″W / 37.97778°N 94.65917°W / 37.97778; -94.65917
Pawnee 54775 308 2 (6) 126 (49) 0 (0) 0.31% 37°43′31″N 94°50′30″W / 37.72528°N 94.84167°W / 37.72528; -94.84167
Scott 63500 2,326 13 (34) 179 (69) 2 (1) 0.94% 37°48′35″N 94°41′30″W / 37.80972°N 94.69167°W / 37.80972; -94.69167
Timberhill 70600 Mapleton 256 3 (7) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.05% 38°0′31″N 94°52′57″W / 38.00861°N 94.88250°W / 38.00861; -94.88250
Walnut 74850 135 1 (2) 154 (59) 0 (0) 0.13% 37°43′10″N 94°59′0″W / 37.71944°N 94.98333°W / 37.71944; -94.98333
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. 

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ National Atlas
  6. ^ U.S. Census Bureau TIGER shape files
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Jonathan M. Davis". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

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External links[edit]

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