Kiowa County, Kansas

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Kiowa County, Kansas
Kiowa county kansas courthouse 2009.jpg
New 2009 County Courthouse in Greensburg
Map of Kansas highlighting Kiowa 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 Kiowa tribe
Seat Greensburg
Largest city Greensburg
Area
 • Total 722.62 sq mi (1,872 km2)
 • Land 722.39 sq mi (1,871 km2)
 • Water 0.23 sq mi (1 km2), 0.03%
Population
 • (2010) 2,553
 • Density 4/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website kiowacountyks.org

Coordinates: 37°34′N 99°17′W / 37.567°N 99.283°W / 37.567; -99.283

Kiowa County (standard abbreviation: KW) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 2,553.[1] The largest city and county seat is Greensburg.[2]

History[edit]

Greensburg, Kansas was devastated by an EF5 tornado on May 4, 2007 during the May 2007 tornado outbreak.

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, Kiowa County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 722.62 square miles (1,871.6 km2), of which 722.39 square miles (1,871.0 km2) (or 99.97%) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.60 km2) (or 0.03%) is water.[4]

Kiowa County has a large number of iron-rich meteorites in its soil due to the Brenham meteor fall over 10 thousand years ago.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 2,873
1900 2,365 −17.7%
1910 6,174 161.1%
1920 6,164 −0.2%
1930 6,035 −2.1%
1940 5,112 −15.3%
1950 4,743 −7.2%
1960 4,626 −2.5%
1970 4,088 −11.6%
1980 4,046 −1.0%
1990 3,660 −9.5%
2000 3,278 −10.4%
2010 2,553 −22.1%
Est. 2012 2,496 [5] −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Age pyramid

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 3,278 people, 1,365 households, and 924 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,643 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.19% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.98% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 2.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,365 households out of which 27.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 5.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 30.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 21.80% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 21.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,576, and the median income for a family was $40,950. Males had a median income of $29,063 versus $20,764 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,207. About 7.40% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated cities[edit]

Name and population (2010 estimate):

Unincorporated towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Kiowa County has only one township, and none of the cities within the county are considered governmentally independent; all figures for the township include those of the cities.

Sources: 2000 U.S. Gazetteer from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Township FIPS Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Kiowa Rural 37185 3,278 2 (5) 1,871 (722) 1 (0) 0.03% 37°34′45″N 99°15′28″W / 37.57917°N 99.25778°W / 37.57917; -99.25778

Education[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Kiowa County (map legend)

Unified school districts[edit]

Colleges[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. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ U.S. County 2012 Estimated Census; census.gov
  6. ^ U.S. Decennial Census; census.gov
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Official
General county information
County level data
Local history and genealogy
Maps