Pottawatomie County, Kansas

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Pottawatomie County, Kansas
PottawatomieCoCH.JPG
Pottawatomie County Court House in Westmoreland
Map of Kansas highlighting Pottawatomie County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1857
Named for Potawatomi people
Seat Westmoreland
Largest city Wamego
Area
 • Total 862 sq mi (2,233 km2)
 • Land 841 sq mi (2,178 km2)
 • Water 21 sq mi (54 km2), 2.4%
Population
 • (2010) 21,604
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.pottcounty.org

Coordinates: 39°20′N 96°18′W / 39.333°N 96.300°W / 39.333; -96.300

Pottawatomie County (standard abbreviation: PT) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 21,604.[1] The county seat is Westmoreland.[2] The county takes its name from the Potawatomi tribe of Native Americans.

Pottawatomie County is part of the Manhattan, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Among the famous natives of Pottawatomie County are world heavyweight boxing champion Jess Willard and automobile manufacturer Walter Chrysler.

Law and government[edit]

St. Columbkillane Church in Blaine

Pottawatomie County was created by the Kansas Territorial legislature in 1857, out of land formerly included in Riley County. The present county seat of Westmoreland was selected by a vote held in 1882.

Pottawatomie County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 862 square miles (2,230 km2), of which 841 square miles (2,180 km2) is land and 21 square miles (54 km2) (2.4%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,529
1870 7,848 413.3%
1880 16,350 108.3%
1890 17,722 8.4%
1900 18,470 4.2%
1910 17,522 −5.1%
1920 16,154 −7.8%
1930 15,862 −1.8%
1940 14,015 −11.6%
1950 12,344 −11.9%
1960 11,957 −3.1%
1970 11,755 −1.7%
1980 14,782 25.8%
1990 16,128 9.1%
2000 18,209 12.9%
2010 21,604 18.6%
Est. 2013 22,691 5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]
Age pyramid

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 18,209 people, 6,771 households, and 4,929 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 7,311 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.32% White, 0.66% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. 2.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,771 households out of which 36.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.40% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.50% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,176, and the median income for a family was $47,261. Males had a median income of $31,368 versus $23,238 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,785. About 6.40% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.10% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Unified school districts[edit]

The Unified School Districts that serve Pottawatomie County include:

Private schools[edit]

Communities[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Pottawatomie County (map legend)

Cities[edit]

Prior to the creation of Tuttle Creek Lake, the town of Garrison existed in west central Pottawatomie County.

Townships[edit]

Pottawatomie County is divided into twenty-three townships. The city of Manhattan 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.

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
Belvue 05950 404 4 (11) 96 (37) 1 (0) 1.05% 39°14′7″N 96°11′21″W / 39.23528°N 96.18917°W / 39.23528; -96.18917
Blue 07550 1,802 16 (41) 114 (44) 14 (5) 10.66% 39°13′44″N 96°31′49″W / 39.22889°N 96.53028°W / 39.22889; -96.53028
Blue Valley 07725 339 3 (8) 115 (44) 13 (5) 9.95% 39°26′22″N 96°38′6″W / 39.43944°N 96.63500°W / 39.43944; -96.63500
Center 12000 104 1 (3) 78 (30) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°21′4″N 96°14′10″W / 39.35111°N 96.23611°W / 39.35111; -96.23611
Clear Creek 13800 113 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°31′6″N 96°23′36″W / 39.51833°N 96.39333°W / 39.51833; -96.39333
Emmett 21125 478 6 (16) 77 (30) 0 (0) 0.61% 39°18′11″N 96°3′46″W / 39.30306°N 96.06278°W / 39.30306; -96.06278
Grant 27950 293 4 (10) 77 (30) 0 (0) 0% 39°31′27″N 96°5′4″W / 39.52417°N 96.08444°W / 39.52417; -96.08444
Green 28450 188 2 (4) 125 (48) 14 (5) 9.91% 39°21′14″N 96°36′6″W / 39.35389°N 96.60167°W / 39.35389; -96.60167
Lincoln 41000 124 2 (4) 77 (30) 0 (0) 0.18% 39°25′37″N 96°3′26″W / 39.42694°N 96.05722°W / 39.42694; -96.05722
Lone Tree 42550 239 3 (7) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°30′54″N 96°18′18″W / 39.51500°N 96.30500°W / 39.51500; -96.30500
Louisville 42950 735 8 (20) 95 (37) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°15′40″N 96°19′10″W / 39.26111°N 96.31944°W / 39.26111; -96.31944
Mill Creek 46700 1,000 9 (24) 108 (42) 0 (0) 0% 39°30′11″N 96°10′50″W / 39.50306°N 96.18056°W / 39.50306; -96.18056
Pottawatomie 57250 499 3 (8) 155 (60) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°20′5″N 96°26′26″W / 39.33472°N 96.44056°W / 39.33472; -96.44056
Rock Creek 60625 653 7 (18) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.19% 39°25′41″N 96°24′10″W / 39.42806°N 96.40278°W / 39.42806; -96.40278
St. Clere 62150 83 1 (3) 77 (30) 0 (0) 0.21% 39°21′36″N 96°5′30″W / 39.36000°N 96.09167°W / 39.36000; -96.09167
St. George 62225 2,629 30 (79) 87 (33) 1 (1) 1.69% 39°11′46″N 96°24′56″W / 39.19611°N 96.41556°W / 39.19611; -96.41556
St. Marys 62425 2,789 28 (73) 99 (38) 1 (0) 0.60% 39°11′58″N 96°4′19″W / 39.19944°N 96.07194°W / 39.19944; -96.07194
Shannon 64300 235 2 (6) 104 (40) 0 (0) 0.08% 39°26′19″N 96°30′50″W / 39.43861°N 96.51389°W / 39.43861; -96.51389
Sherman 65050 126 1 (3) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°25′54″N 96°17′29″W / 39.43167°N 96.29139°W / 39.43167; -96.29139
Spring Creek 67475 61 1 (2) 103 (40) 0 (0) 0.08% 39°31′50″N 96°31′19″W / 39.53056°N 96.52194°W / 39.53056; -96.52194
Union 72250 164 2 (5) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°20′20″N 96°19′34″W / 39.33889°N 96.32611°W / 39.33889; -96.32611
Vienna 73875 92 1 (3) 78 (30) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°25′40″N 96°10′28″W / 39.42778°N 96.17444°W / 39.42778; -96.17444
Wamego 75350 5,056 100 (260) 50 (19) 2 (1) 3.20% 39°12′19″N 96°18′20″W / 39.20528°N 96.30556°W / 39.20528; -96.30556

See also[edit]

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  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 2007-12-28. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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