Ness City, Kansas

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Ness City, Kansas
City
Ness County Bank building
Ness County Bank building
Location within Ness County and Kansas
Location within Ness County and Kansas
Coordinates: 38°27′8″N 99°54′22″W / 38.45222°N 99.90611°W / 38.45222; -99.90611Coordinates: 38°27′8″N 99°54′22″W / 38.45222°N 99.90611°W / 38.45222; -99.90611
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ness
Area[1]
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Land 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,254 ft (687 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,449
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,436
 • Density 1,400/sq mi (550/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67560
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-49925[4]
GNIS feature ID 0475581[5]
Website City Website

Ness City is a city in and the county seat of Ness County, Kansas, United States.[6] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,449.[7] Ness City is famous for its four-story Old Ness County Bank Building located downtown, and nicknamed Skyscraper of the Plains.

History[edit]

Ness City was founded in 1878.[8] The town experienced growth with the arrival of the railroad in 1886.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 31
1890 869 2,703.2%
1900 505 −41.9%
1910 712 41.0%
1920 905 27.1%
1930 1,509 66.7%
1940 1,355 −10.2%
1950 1,612 19.0%
1960 653 −59.5%
1970 756 15.8%
1980 769 1.7%
1990 1,724 124.2%
2000 1,534 −11.0%
2010 1,449 −5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

Ness City and the surrounding county have suffered from the chronic decline in population common to rural areas of the Plains States since the 1930s known as the Rural Exodus. As evidence, fewer than 15 new homes have been built in Ness City in the past decade. The value of these homes and the per-capita build rate are both well below the national average for this period.[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,449 people, 635 households, and 392 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,420.6 inhabitants per square mile (548.5/km2). There were 739 housing units at an average density of 724.5 per square mile (279.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.0% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 1.6% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.9% of the population.

There were 635 households of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.3% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 47.5 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.2% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 25.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,534 people, 684 households, and 424 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,495.7 people per square mile (575.0/km²). There were 800 housing units at an average density of 780.0 per square mile (299.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.72% White, 0.07% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.28% of the population.

There were 684 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,068, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $28,992 versus $18,553 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,481. About 5.1% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.

Geography[edit]

Ness City is located at 38°27′8″N 99°54′22″W / 38.45222°N 99.90611°W / 38.45222; -99.90611 (38.452250, -99.905989).[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.02 square miles (2.64 km2), all land.[1]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ness City, Kansas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
(27)
86
(30)
91
(33)
103
(39)
105
(41)
114
(46)
113
(45)
111
(44)
106
(41)
100
(38)
89
(32)
83
(28)
114
(46)
Average high °F (°C) 44
(7)
48
(9)
58
(14)
68
(20)
77
(25)
88
(31)
94
(34)
92
(33)
83
(28)
71
(22)
56
(13)
45
(7)
68.7
(20.3)
Average low °F (°C) 15
(−9)
19
(−7)
27
(−3)
37
(3)
48
(9)
59
(15)
64
(18)
62
(17)
52
(11)
39
(4)
26
(−3)
17
(−8)
38.8
(3.9)
Record low °F (°C) −18
(−28)
−18
(−28)
−12
(−24)
11
(−12)
26
(−3)
37
(3)
41
(5)
43
(6)
20
(−7)
13
(−11)
−4
(−20)
−25
(−32)
−25
(−32)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.53
(13.5)
0.70
(17.8)
1.74
(44.2)
1.94
(49.3)
3.08
(78.2)
3.06
(77.7)
3.52
(89.4)
2.80
(71.1)
1.84
(46.7)
1.46
(37.1)
0.88
(22.4)
0.74
(18.8)
22.29
(566.2)
Source: weather.com[12]

Popular media[edit]

A fictional version of the town was used in an episode of "Prison Break".[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 253. 
  9. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 352. 
  10. ^ Ness City, Kansas (KS) Detailed Profile - relocation, real estate, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, news, sex offenders
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ "Monthly Averages for Ness City, Kansas". Weather.com. The Weather Channel. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

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