Gove County, Kansas

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Gove County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Gove County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded March 11, 1868
Seat Gove City
Largest city Quinter
Area
 • Total 1,071.47 sq mi (2,775 km2)
 • Land 1,071.38 sq mi (2,775 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0 km2), 0.01%
Population
 • (2010) 2,695
 • Density 2.5/sq mi (1.0/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Coordinates: 38°55′N 100°29′W / 38.917°N 100.483°W / 38.917; -100.483

Gove County (county code GO) is a county located in Northwest Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 2,695.[1] Its county seat is Gove City,[2] and its most populous city is Quinter.

History[edit]

Gove County was founded in 1868.[citation needed] It is named for Grenville L. Gove, member of the 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, and son of Moses Gove, a former mayor of Manhattan, Kansas.[3][4]

Law and government[edit]

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Gove County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,071.47 square miles (2,775.1 km2), of which 1,071.38 square miles (2,774.9 km2) (or 99.99%) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) (or 0.01%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,196
1890 2,994 150.3%
1900 2,441 −18.5%
1910 6,044 147.6%
1920 4,748 −21.4%
1930 5,643 18.9%
1940 4,793 −15.1%
1950 4,447 −7.2%
1960 4,107 −7.6%
1970 3,940 −4.1%
1980 3,726 −5.4%
1990 3,231 −13.3%
2000 3,068 −5.0%
2010 2,695 −12.2%
Est. 2012 2,729 [7] 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 estimate
2005 KDOT Map of Gove County (map legend)

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[9] there were 3,068 people, 1,245 households, and 861 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,423 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.95% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.72% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 1,245 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.50% were married couples living together, 3.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 22.10% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 22.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,510, and the median income for a family was $40,438. Males had a median income of $26,863 versus $21,357 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,852. About 8.00% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.90% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated cities[edit]

Name and population (2010):

Unincorporated places[edit]

  • Campus
  • Karli

Townships[edit]

Gove County is divided into nine townships. None of the cities within the county are considered governmentally independent, and all figures for the townships include those of the cities. 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
Baker 03775 Quinter 1,357 4 (11) 324 (125) 0 (0) 0% 39°2′18″N 100°13′56″W / 39.03833°N 100.23222°W / 39.03833; -100.23222
Gaeland 25000 46 0 (1) 208 (80) 0 (0) 0% 38°56′21″N 100°44′30″W / 38.93917°N 100.74167°W / 38.93917; -100.74167
Gove 27075 215 1 (2) 301 (116) 0 (0) 0% 38°57′19″N 100°31′44″W / 38.95528°N 100.52889°W / 38.95528; -100.52889
Grainfield 27225 Grainfield 430 2 (6) 184 (71) 0 (0) 0% 39°5′41″N 100°28′28″W / 39.09472°N 100.47444°W / 39.09472; -100.47444
Grinnell 28925 Grinnell 480 2 (4) 320 (123) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°5′50″N 100°41′41″W / 39.09722°N 100.69472°W / 39.09722; -100.69472
Jerome 35425 132 0 (1) 370 (143) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°48′3″N 100°28′45″W / 38.80083°N 100.47917°W / 38.80083; -100.47917
Larrabee 38750 80 0 (1) 371 (143) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°47′24″N 100°15′14″W / 38.79000°N 100.25389°W / 38.79000; -100.25389
Lewis 39750 13 0 (0) 372 (144) 0 (0) 0% 38°46′23″N 100°43′39″W / 38.77306°N 100.72750°W / 38.77306; -100.72750
Payne 55050 315 1 (3) 324 (125) 0 (0) 0% 39°3′4″N 100°20′42″W / 39.05111°N 100.34500°W / 39.05111; -100.34500
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. 

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See also[edit]

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 County Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  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. 140. 
  4. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc.. Standard Publishing Company. p. 768. 
  5. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  6. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  7. ^ U.S. County 2012 Estimated Census; census.gov
  8. ^ U.S. Decennial Census; census.gov
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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