Meade County, Kansas

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Meade County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Meade 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
Named for George G. Meade
Seat Meade
Largest city Meade
Area
 • Total 979.66 sq mi (2,537 km2)
 • Land 978.42 sq mi (2,534 km2)
 • Water 1.24 sq mi (3 km2), 0.13%
Population
 • (2010) 4,575
 • Density 4.7/sq mi (1.8/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.meadeco.org

Coordinates: 37°14′N 100°22′W / 37.233°N 100.367°W / 37.233; -100.367

Meade County (standard abbreviation: ME) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 4,575.[1] The largest city and county seat is Meade.[2] The county is named in honor of General George G. Meade.

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

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 979.66 square miles (2,537.3 km2), of which 978.42 square miles (2,534.1 km2) (or 99.87%) is land and 1.24 square miles (3.2 km2) (or 0.13%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 296
1890 2,542 758.8%
1900 1,581 −37.8%
1910 5,055 219.7%
1920 5,542 9.6%
1930 6,858 23.7%
1940 5,522 −19.5%
1950 5,710 3.4%
1960 5,505 −3.6%
1970 4,912 −10.8%
1980 4,788 −2.5%
1990 4,247 −11.3%
2000 4,631 9.0%
2010 4,575 −1.2%
Est. 2012 4,396 [5] −3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Age pyramid

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 4,631 people, 1,728 households, and 1,252 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,968 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.10% White, 0.39% Black or African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 6.24% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. 10.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,728 households out of which 36.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.70% were married couples living together, 4.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.50% were non-families. 25.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.50% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 19.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,761, and the median income for a family was $41,550. Males had a median income of $29,295 versus $20,153 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,824. About 6.70% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.90% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated cities[edit]

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Townships[edit]

Meade 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.

Sources: 2000 U.S. Gazetteer from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Cimarron 13325 93 0 (1) 303 (117) 2 (1) 0.57% 37°4′34″N 100°30′42″W / 37.07611°N 100.51167°W / 37.07611; -100.51167
Crooked Creek 16450 92 1 (2) 141 (54) 0 (0) 0.06% 37°24′41″N 100°19′30″W / 37.41139°N 100.32500°W / 37.41139; -100.32500
Fowler 24200 749 3 (7) 271 (105) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°23′8″N 100°11′46″W / 37.38556°N 100.19611°W / 37.38556; -100.19611
Logan 42000 100 0 (1) 284 (110) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°14′30″N 100°11′58″W / 37.24167°N 100.19944°W / 37.24167; -100.19944
Meade Center 45350 1,968 7 (18) 280 (108) 0 (0) 0.14% 37°16′15″N 100°20′15″W / 37.27083°N 100.33750°W / 37.27083; -100.33750
Mertilla 46025 221 1 (1) 389 (150) 0 (0) 0.02% 37°24′33″N 100°30′58″W / 37.40917°N 100.51611°W / 37.40917; -100.51611
Odee 52075 50 0 (1) 246 (95) 0 (0) 0.13% 37°2′47″N 100°22′14″W / 37.04639°N 100.37056°W / 37.04639; -100.37056
Sand Creek 62925 38 0 (0) 272 (105) 0 (0) 0.03% 37°3′59″N 100°9′46″W / 37.06639°N 100.16278°W / 37.06639; -100.16278
West Plains 77300 1,320 4 (10) 348 (134) 0 (0) 0.13% 37°14′59″N 100°33′45″W / 37.24972°N 100.56250°W / 37.24972; -100.56250

Education[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Meade County (map legend)

Unified school districts[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]

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