Norton County, Kansas

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Norton County, Kansas
Norton Co KS Courthouse.JPG
Norton County Courthouse
Map of Kansas highlighting Norton 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
Seat Norton
Largest city Norton
Area
 • Total 881.39 sq mi (2,283 km2)
 • Land 877.84 sq mi (2,274 km2)
 • Water 3.55 sq mi (9 km2), 0.40%
Population
 • (2010) 5,671
 • Density 6.5/sq mi (2.5/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website nortoncounty.net

Coordinates: 39°48′N 99°55′W / 39.800°N 99.917°W / 39.800; -99.917

Norton County (standard abbreviation: NT) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 5,671.[1] The largest city and county seat is Norton.[2]

Law and government[edit]

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 1992, 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 881.39 square miles (2,282.8 km2), of which 877.84 square miles (2,273.6 km2) (or 99.60%) is land and 3.55 square miles (9.2 km2) (or 0.40%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Age pyramid
Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 6,998
1890 10,617 51.7%
1900 11,325 6.7%
1910 11,614 2.6%
1920 11,423 −1.6%
1930 11,701 2.4%
1940 9,831 −16.0%
1950 8,808 −10.4%
1960 8,035 −8.8%
1970 7,279 −9.4%
1980 6,689 −8.1%
1990 5,947 −11.1%
2000 5,953 0.1%
2010 5,671 −4.7%
Est. 2012 5,612 [5] −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 5,953 people, 2,266 households, and 1,470 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,673 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.35% White, 4.05% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 2.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,266 households out of which 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.50% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.10% were non-families. 32.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 122.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 122.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,050, and the median income for a family was $37,036. Males had a median income of $25,983 versus $20,381 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,835. About 6.10% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.70% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated cities[edit]

Name and population (2010 census):

Townships[edit]

Norton County is divided into four townships. The city of Norton is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. 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. The 2010 census shows the area of the former Harrison-District 6 as combined into that of Almena-District 4.

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
Almena-District 4 01450 614 2 (6) 278 (107) 0 (0) 0% 39°53′10″N 99°41′2″W / 39.88611°N 99.68389°W / 39.88611; -99.68389
Center-District 1 12260 1,382 2 (5) 654 (253) 0 (0) 0.08% 39°53′43″N 99°57′2″W / 39.89528°N 99.95056°W / 39.89528; -99.95056
Harrison-District 6 (defunct[8]) 30460 12 0 (0) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°56′54″N 99°48′25″W / 39.94833°N 99.80694°W / 39.94833; -99.80694
Highland-District 2 32060 737 1 (3) 748 (289) 9 (3) 1.13% 39°41′24″N 100°1′49″W / 39.69000°N 100.03028°W / 39.69000; -100.03028
Solomon-District 3 66410 196 0 (1) 496 (192) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°40′38″N 99°45′56″W / 39.67722°N 99.76556°W / 39.67722; -99.76556

Education[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Norton 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 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. 
  8. ^ Kansas State Historical Society

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External links[edit]

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