Ness County, Kansas

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Ness County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Ness 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 Cpl. Noah V. Ness
Seat Ness City
Largest city Ness City
Area
 • Total 1,075.00 sq mi (2,784 km2)
 • Land 1,074.75 sq mi (2,784 km2)
 • Water 0.26 sq mi (1 km2), 0.02%
Population
 • (2010) 3,107
 • Density 2.8/sq mi (1.1/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.nesscountyks.com

Coordinates: 38°28′N 99°55′W / 38.467°N 99.917°W / 38.467; -99.917

Ness County (standard abbreviation: NS) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 3,107.[1] The largest city and county seat is Ness City. Ness County was named for Corporal Noah V. Ness of the 7th Kansas Cavalry.[2]

Law and government[edit]

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 2004, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,075.00 square miles (2,784.2 km2), of which 1,074.75 square miles (2,783.6 km2) (or 99.98%) is land and 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2) (or 0.02%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2
1880 3,722 186,000.0%
1890 4,944 32.8%
1900 4,535 −8.3%
1910 5,883 29.7%
1920 7,490 27.3%
1930 8,358 11.6%
1940 6,864 −17.9%
1950 6,322 −7.9%
1960 5,470 −13.5%
1970 4,791 −12.4%
1980 4,498 −6.1%
1990 4,033 −10.3%
2000 3,454 −14.4%
2010 3,107 −10.0%
Est. 2012 3,068 [5] −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Age pyramid

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 3,454 people, 1,516 households, and 977 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,835 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.23% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. 1.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,516 households out of which 26.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.10% were married couples living together, 4.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.50% were non-families. 33.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 4.60% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 24.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,340, and the median income for a family was $39,775. Males had a median income of $27,892 versus $20,037 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,787. About 6.50% of families and 8.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.50% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated cities[edit]

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Ness County is divided into ten 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
Bazine 04800 Bazine 441 1 (4) 312 (120) 0 (0) 0% 38°27′30″N 99°41′15″W / 38.45833°N 99.68750°W / 38.45833; -99.68750
Center 11925 Ness City 1,567 13 (33) 124 (48) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°27′40″N 99°53′45″W / 38.46111°N 99.89583°W / 38.46111; -99.89583
Eden 19775 14 0 (1) 266 (103) 0 (0) 0% 38°28′57″N 100°8′49″W / 38.48250°N 100.14694°W / 38.48250; -100.14694
Forrester 23875 109 1 (1) 206 (80) 0 (0) 0% 38°30′45″N 99°59′28″W / 38.51250°N 99.99111°W / 38.51250; -99.99111
Franklin 24475 132 0 (1) 372 (144) 0 (0) 0.02% 38°21′22″N 99°54′25″W / 38.35611°N 99.90694°W / 38.35611; -99.90694
Highpoint 32100 93 0 (1) 312 (121) 0 (0) 0.08% 38°20′13″N 99°42′26″W / 38.33694°N 99.70722°W / 38.33694; -99.70722
Johnson 35550 76 0 (1) 308 (119) 0 (0) 0.05% 38°18′37″N 100°5′25″W / 38.31028°N 100.09028°W / 38.31028; -100.09028
Nevada 50125 Ransom 479 2 (4) 278 (107) 0 (0) 0.04% 38°37′55″N 99°55′22″W / 38.63194°N 99.92278°W / 38.63194; -99.92278
Ohio 52400 Utica 345 1 (3) 298 (115) 0 (0) 0% 38°38′28″N 100°7′45″W / 38.64111°N 100.12917°W / 38.64111; -100.12917
Waring 75400 Brownell 142 0 (1) 308 (119) 0 (0) 0.03% 38°37′50″N 99°42′56″W / 38.63056°N 99.71556°W / 38.63056; -99.71556

Education[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Ness 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. ^ Kansas Place-Names,John Rydjord, University of Oklahoma Press, 1972, ISBN 0-8061-0994-7
  3. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  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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