Location of Climax, Kansas
|Named for||Climax College in Kalamazoo, Michigan|
|• Total||0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)|
|• Land||0.12 sq mi (0.31 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,040 ft (317 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||70|
|• Density||600.0/sq mi (231.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0474872|
Climax began to grow around a school founded at the site of the present town in 1873. The Climax post office, renamed from Belle Grove in 1873, moved several miles east in 1879 into what would later be the town, the same year a railroad was constructed through the site. The town was officially platted in 1884, and incorporated in 1923.
Climax began to decline during the 1920s as the railroad faced competition with automobiles. The Climax High School closed after the 1957 school year, and the Climax Grade School ended service in 1969; education resumed after the closing of each school at Eureka, as part of USD 389. In the 1970s, the Santa Fe Emporia-Moline railroad branch that passed through Climax was taken out of service and removed.
As of the census of 2010, there were 72 people, 28 households, and 23 families residing in the city. The population density was 600.0 inhabitants per square mile (231.7 /km2). There were 39 housing units at an average density of 325.0 per square mile (125.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White and 1.4% from two or more races.
There were 28 households of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.4% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 17.9% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.87.
The median age in the city was 48.5 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 0.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.5% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 31.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 64 people, 24 households, and 18 families residing in the city. The population density was 509.3 people per square mile (190.1/km2). There were 29 housing units at an average density of 230.8 per square mile (86.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.94% White, 12.50% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.62% of the population.
There were 24 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the city the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,375, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $42,500 versus $14,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,461. There were no families and 4.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 22.2% of those over 64.
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- USD 389, local school district