Hamilton County, Kansas

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Hamilton County, Kansas
Hamilton County Courthouse (Kansas) from SW.JPG
Hamilton County courthouse in Syracuse
Map of Kansas highlighting Hamilton County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded March 20, 1873
Seat Syracuse
Largest city Syracuse
Area
 • Total 997.62 sq mi (2,584 km2)
 • Land 996.49 sq mi (2,581 km2)
 • Water 1.13 sq mi (3 km2), 0.11%
Population
 • (2010) 2,690
 • Density 2.6/sq mi (1.0/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website hamiltoncountyks.com

Coordinates: 38°01′N 101°40′W / 38.017°N 101.667°W / 38.017; -101.667

Hamilton County (county code HM) is a county located in Southwest Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 2,690.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Syracuse.[2]

History[edit]

Hamilton County was founded in 1873. It is named for Alexander Hamilton.[3]

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, Hamilton County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[4]


Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 997.62 square miles (2,583.8 km2), of which 996.49 square miles (2,580.9 km2) (or 99.89%) is land and 1.13 square miles (2.9 km2) (or 0.11%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]


Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 168
1890 2,027 1,106.5%
1900 1,426 −29.6%
1910 3,360 135.6%
1920 2,586 −23.0%
1930 3,328 28.7%
1940 2,645 −20.5%
1950 3,696 39.7%
1960 3,144 −14.9%
1970 2,747 −12.6%
1980 2,514 −8.5%
1990 2,388 −5.0%
2000 2,670 11.8%
2010 2,690 0.7%
Est. 2012 2,639 [6] −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[8] there were 2,670 people, 1,054 households, and 715 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,211 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.65% White, 0.56% Asian, 0.49% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 15.13% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.60% of the population.

There were 1,054 households out of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 20.90% from 45 to 64, and 18.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,033, and the median income for a family was $38,550. Males had a median income of $26,701 versus $21,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,484. About 10.90% of families and 15.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.50% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated cities[edit]

Name and population (2010 census):

Townships[edit]

Hamilton County is divided into eight 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
Bear Creek 04850 69 0 (0) 452 (174) 1 (0) 0.19% 37°49′19″N 101°56′36″W / 37.82194°N 101.94333°W / 37.82194; -101.94333
Coolidge 15425 128 0 (1) 297 (115) 1 (0) 0.37% 38°2′22″N 101°59′41″W / 38.03944°N 101.99472°W / 38.03944; -101.99472
Kendall 36425 101 0 (1) 234 (90) 0 (0) 0% 37°59′41″N 101°35′3″W / 37.99472°N 101.58417°W / 37.99472; -101.58417
Lamont 38275 89 0 (1) 426 (164) 0 (0) 0.02% 37°48′9″N 101°38′41″W / 37.80250°N 101.64472°W / 37.80250; -101.64472
Liberty 40075 38 0 (0) 257 (99) 0 (0) 0.03% 38°7′29″N 101°44′4″W / 38.12472°N 101.73444°W / 38.12472; -101.73444
Medway 45650 53 0 (0) 279 (108) 1 (0) 0.28% 38°4′51″N 101°51′13″W / 38.08083°N 101.85361°W / 38.08083; -101.85361
Richland 59325 27 0 (0) 426 (164) 0 (0) 0% 38°13′21″N 101°46′17″W / 38.22250°N 101.77139°W / 38.22250; -101.77139
Syracuse 69875 2,165 10 (27) 210 (81) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°59′10″N 101°45′5″W / 37.98611°N 101.75139°W / 37.98611; -101.75139
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. 

Education[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Hamilton County (map legend)

Unified school districts[edit]

Gallery[edit]

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. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc.. Standard Publishing Company. p. 803. 
  4. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ U.S. County 2012 Estimated Census; census.gov
  7. ^ U.S. Decennial Census; census.gov
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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