Location of Goddard, Kansas
Detailed map of Goddard
|• Mayor||Marcey Gregory|
|• Total||4.49 sq mi (11.63 km2)|
|• Land||4.43 sq mi (11.47 km2)|
|• Water||0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)|
|Elevation||1,463 ft (446 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||4,532|
|• Density||980.6/sq mi (378.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0474001|
In 1883, Ezekiel Wilder purchased farmland on the planned railway of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway south of Blendon, Kansas, approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of Wichita. There, he established the town of Goddard in honor of J. F. Goddard, former third vice-president of the ATSF Railway. The railroad reached Goddard in 1884, and a post office was established there the same year. Several buildings were relocated from Blendon, including the town hall and the planned Methodist church. Goddard was officially incorporated in 1910.
In recent decades as Wichita has expanded westward, a growing number of commuters have settled in Goddard, transforming it from a rural agricultural community into a suburb.
Goddard is located at  at an elevation of 1,463 feet (446 m). It lies approximately 12 miles (19 km) southwest of the Arkansas River and 8 miles (13 km) north-northeast of the Ninnescah River in the Wellington-McPherson Lowlands region of the Great Plains. Goddard is located in south-central Kansas on U.S. Route 54 just west of Wichita, Kansas.(37.659706, -97.574271)
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 4,344 people, 1,442 households, and 1,124 families residing in the city. The population density was 979.5 people per square mile (378.2/km²). There were 1,542 housing units at an average density of 347.7 per square mile (134.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.5% White, 0.9% African American, 0.8% American Indian, 1.2% Asian, 2.6% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 6.4% of the population.
There were 1,442 households of which 49.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98, and the average family size was 3.44.
The median age in the city was 29.5 years. 35.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33.4% were from 25 to 44; 18.1% were from 45 to 64; and 6.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,037 people, 666 households, and 534 families residing in the city. The population density was 837.5 people per square mile (323.7/km²). There were 698 housing units at an average density of 287.0 per square mile (110.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.14% White, 0.29% African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.91% of the population.
There were 666 households out of which 49.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.34.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $65,139, and the median income for a family was $66,533. Males had a median income of $51,058 versus $33,542 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,095. About 3.7% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.
Goddard has a mayor-council-administrator form of government. The city council consists of the mayor and five council members. The council establishes policies and legislation. The city administrator advises the council, directs the city government, and prepares and submits the annual city budget.
Primary and secondary education
Goddard's Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Activities Committee, and City Government help to manage many fun events during the year including an Easter Egg Hunt, Garage Sale Days, Independence Day Firework Display, National Night Out, Fall Festival, Goddard Community Gatherings, Community Thanksgiving Feast, City Christmas Tree Lighting, and Breakfast with Santa.
Points of interest
Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Goddard include:
- Derek Norris, professional baseball player for the Oakland A's
- Todd Tiahrt, U.S. Representative from Kansas
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "History". City of Goddard, Kansas. Retrieved 2009-11-04.[dead link]
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 139.
- The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway and Auxiliary Companies - Annual Meetings, and Directors and Officers; January 1, 1902
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "General Highway Map - Sedgwick County, Kansas". Kansas Department of Transportation. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map". Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved February 14, 2014.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved February 14, 2014.
- "City of Goddard, Kansas Government". City of Goddard, Kansas. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "City Administrator". City of Goddard, Kansas. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "USD 265 Goddard Public Schools". Goddard Public Schools. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
- "2010-11 School Directory". Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "Events". The City of Goddard. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
- "About Tanganyika Wildlife Park". Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
- "General Info & Prices". Tanganyika Wildlife Park. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
- "Todd Tiahrt - Info". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
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- USD 265, local school district