Ford County, Kansas

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Ford County, Kansas
Ford county kansas courthouse 2000.jpg
Ford County Courthouse in Dodge City
Map of Kansas highlighting Ford County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1867
Named for James Hobart Ford
Seat Dodge City
Largest city Dodge City
Area
 • Total 1,099 sq mi (2,846 km2)
 • Land 1,098 sq mi (2,844 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2 km2), 0.07%
Population
 • (2010) 33,848
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.fordcounty.net

Coordinates: 37°42′N 99°54′W / 37.700°N 99.900°W / 37.700; -99.900

Railroad crew works on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe tracks near Bellefont, 1974. Photo by Charles O'Rear.

Ford County (county code FO) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 33,848.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Dodge City.[2] The county is named in honor of Colonel James Hobart Ford.[3]

The Dodge City, KS Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Ford County.

Law and government[edit]

Ford County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,099 square miles (2,850 km2), of which 1,098 square miles (2,840 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.07%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 427
1880 3,122 631.1%
1890 5,308 [6] 70.0%
1900 5,497 3.6%
1910 11,393 107.3%
1920 14,273 25.3%
1930 20,647 44.7%
1940 17,254 −16.4%
1950 19,670 14.0%
1960 20,938 6.4%
1970 22,587 7.9%
1980 24,315 7.7%
1990 27,463 12.9%
2000 32,458 18.2%
2010 33,848 4.3%
Est. 2013 34,819 2.9%
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 32,458 people, 10,852 households, and 7,856 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 11,650 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.85% White, 1.62% Black or African American, 0.63% Native American, 2.05% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 18.17% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 37.68% of the population.

There were 10,852 households out of which 40.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.10% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 17.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 107.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,860, and the median income for a family was $42,734. Males had a median income of $27,189 versus $22,165 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,721. About 9.90% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Unified school districts[edit]

Colleges[edit]

Communities[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Ford County (map legend)

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated places[edit]

Townships[edit]

Ford County is divided into fourteen townships. The city of Dodge City 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
Bloom 07375 113 1 (2) 144 (55) 0 (0) 0% 37°30′23″N 99°55′4″W / 37.50639°N 99.91778°W / 37.50639; -99.91778
Bucklin 09025 900 3 (8) 285 (110) 0 (0) 0.02% 37°34′44″N 99°37′9″W / 37.57889°N 99.61917°W / 37.57889; -99.61917
Concord 15150 117 1 (2) 187 (72) 0 (0) 0.11% 37°36′36″N 100°5′52″W / 37.61000°N 100.09778°W / 37.61000; -100.09778
Dodge 18225 899 13 (33) 70 (27) 0 (0) 0.21% 37°47′0″N 100°0′52″W / 37.78333°N 100.01444°W / 37.78333; -100.01444
Enterprise 21450 1,113 6 (17) 175 (67) 0 (0) 0.19% 37°40′47″N 99°57′8″W / 37.67972°N 99.95222°W / 37.67972; -99.95222
Fairview 22500 346 2 (5) 188 (73) 0 (0) 0.06% 37°45′11″N 100°8′57″W / 37.75306°N 100.14917°W / 37.75306; -100.14917
Ford 23750 456 2 (5) 249 (96) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°36′58″N 99°46′27″W / 37.61611°N 99.77417°W / 37.61611; -99.77417
Grandview 27350 784 3 (9) 226 (87) 0 (0) 0.20% 37°47′10″N 99°55′54″W / 37.78611°N 99.93167°W / 37.78611; -99.93167
Richland 59300 931 9 (24) 99 (38) 0 (0) 0.17% 37°42′10″N 100°2′19″W / 37.70278°N 100.03861°W / 37.70278; -100.03861
Royal 61575 105 1 (1) 185 (72) 0 (0) 0.06% 37°51′51″N 100°6′44″W / 37.86417°N 100.11222°W / 37.86417; -100.11222
Sodville 66150 110 1 (2) 145 (56) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°31′16″N 99°45′6″W / 37.52111°N 99.75167°W / 37.52111; -99.75167
Spearville 67150 1,150 2 (6) 479 (185) 0 (0) 0.03% 37°47′58″N 99°45′4″W / 37.79944°N 99.75111°W / 37.79944; -99.75111
Wheatland 77675 170 1 (2) 193 (74) 0 (0) 0% 37°48′58″N 99°37′22″W / 37.81611°N 99.62278°W / 37.81611; -99.62278
Wilburn 79100 88 0 (1) 187 (72) 0 (0) 0% 37°31′22″N 100°7′10″W / 37.52278°N 100.11944°W / 37.52278; -100.11944
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. 

Notable people[edit]

Numerous figures of the American Old West lived in Dodge City during its period as a frontier cowtown. These included, most notably, lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson as well as gunfighter Doc Holliday.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 128. 
  4. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Part of Foote County was annexed in 1884, and part of Ford was taken to form part of Gray County in 1887. The census population in 1880 for all of Foote County was 411.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ "More Dodge City History". Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 

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