Cawker City, Kansas
|Cawker City, Kansas|
Water Tower and Downtown (2012)
(view from near the Ball of Twine)
Location within Mitchell County (left) and Kansas
|• Mayor||Steve Bader|
|• Total||1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)|
|• Land||1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,496 ft (456 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||465|
|• Density||469.0/sq mi (181.1/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|FIPS code||20-11175 |
|GNIS feature ID||0472174 |
Cawker City was founded in 1870. It was named for one of its founders, E. H. Cawker. Cawker City was incorporated as a city in 1874. The first post office in Cawker City was established in June 1870.
Cawker City is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land. The city is located along the north shore of Waconda Lake.(39.508835, -98.433842).
As of the census of 2010, there were 469 people, 244 households, and 132 families residing in the city. The population density was 469.0 inhabitants per square mile (181.1/km2). There were 315 housing units at an average density of 315.0 per square mile (121.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.0% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.
There were 244 households of which 19.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.9% were non-families. 41.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.52.
The median age in the city was 50.1 years. 18.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.9% were from 25 to 44; 32.4% were from 45 to 64; and 26.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.4% male and 48.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 521 people, 261 households, and 151 families residing in the city. The population density was 525.9 people per square mile (203.2/km²). There were 335 housing units at an average density of 338.2 per square mile (130.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.50% White, 0.19% African American, 1.73% Native American, 0.38% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.
There were 261 households out of which 17.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.61.
In the city the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 29.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,833, and the median income for a family was $30,769. Males had a median income of $25,893 versus $17,813 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,693. About 12.3% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
- Cawker City is one of several places claiming to be home of the largest ball of twine in the world. Each year a twine-a-thon is held in August to increase the size of the ball.
- Waconda Lake
In the 1980 MGM movie "Hero at Large," the main character, Steve Nichols played by John Ritter, hales from Cawker City. Three times during the movie the town is mentioned and there is a green and white Cawker City school banner hanging on the wall.
Cawker City is prominently featured in the 2010 sci-fi novel, Human Trial II: Adam's War.
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- "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
- Heim, Michael (2007). Exploring Kansas Highways. p. 78.
- Cawker City wins the ball game with massive sphere of twine; The Wichita Eagle; September 28, 2014.
- Twisted: The Battle to Be the World's Largest Ball of Twine; The Atlantic; September 9, 2014.
- Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 241.
- Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc.. Standard Publishing Company. p. 301.
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- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
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