Rooks County, Kansas

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Rooks County, Kansas
Rooks County, Kansas courthouse from NE 1.JPG
Rooks County courthouse in Stockton
Map of Kansas highlighting Rooks 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 Stockton
Largest city Plainville
Area
 • Total 895 sq mi (2,318 km2)
 • Land 891 sq mi (2,308 km2)
 • Water 4.6 sq mi (12 km2), 0.5%
Population
 • (2010) 5,181
 • Density 5.8/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website rookscounty.net

Coordinates: 39°21′N 99°19′W / 39.350°N 99.317°W / 39.350; -99.317

Rooks County (standard abbreviation: RO) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 5,181.[1] The county seat is Stockton,[2] and the largest city is Plainville. The county was named for Private John C. Rooks of the 11th Kansas Infantry who died at the Battle of Prairie Grove near Fayetteville, Arkansas, during the Civil War.[3]

Law and government[edit]

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 2000, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 895 square miles (2,320 km2), of which 891 square miles (2,310 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) (0.5%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 8,112
1890 8,018 −1.2%
1900 7,960 −0.7%
1910 11,282 41.7%
1920 9,966 −11.7%
1930 9,534 −4.3%
1940 8,497 −10.9%
1950 9,043 6.4%
1960 9,734 7.6%
1970 7,628 −21.6%
1980 7,006 −8.2%
1990 6,039 −13.8%
2000 5,685 −5.9%
2010 5,181 −8.9%
Est. 2013 5,190 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]
Age pyramid

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 5,685 people, 2,362 households, and 1,556 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,758 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.13% White, 1.13% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,362 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.40% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 31.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 21.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,457, and the median income for a family was $36,931. Males had a median income of $26,794 versus $18,389 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,588. About 7.30% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 7.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Unified school districts[edit]

Communities[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Rooks County (map legend)

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Rooks County is divided into twelve 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
Township 1 71203 280 1 (3) 276 (107) 1 (0) 0.23% 39°27′6″N 99°6′8″W / 39.45167°N 99.10222°W / 39.45167; -99.10222
Township 2 71207 382 1 (4) 278 (107) 1 (0) 0.25% 39°26′33″N 99°13′22″W / 39.44250°N 99.22278°W / 39.44250; -99.22278
Township 3 71211 Stockton 1,489 8 (21) 184 (71) 0 (0) 0.14% 39°27′13″N 99°17′35″W / 39.45361°N 99.29306°W / 39.45361; -99.29306
Township 4 71215 27 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.12% 39°21′11″N 99°18′36″W / 39.35306°N 99.31000°W / 39.35306; -99.31000
Township 5 71219 74 0 (1) 276 (107) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°30′10″N 99°30′0″W / 39.50278°N 99.50000°W / 39.50278; -99.50000
Township 6 71224 60 0 (1) 173 (67) 13 (5) 7.13% 39°24′44″N 99°26′24″W / 39.41222°N 99.44000°W / 39.41222; -99.44000
Township 7 71229 218 2 (6) 91 (35) 1 (0) 0.93% 39°20′37″N 99°33′24″W / 39.34361°N 99.55667°W / 39.34361; -99.55667
Township 8 71234 344 4 (10) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.09% 39°15′20″N 99°33′33″W / 39.25556°N 99.55917°W / 39.25556; -99.55917
Township 9 71239 51 1 (1) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°10′31″N 99°32′20″W / 39.17528°N 99.53889°W / 39.17528; -99.53889
Township 10 71243 197 1 (3) 187 (72) 0 (0) 0.08% 39°14′5″N 99°26′0″W / 39.23472°N 99.43333°W / 39.23472; -99.43333
Township 11 71246 Plainville 2,380 9 (22) 279 (108) 1 (0) 0.44% 39°14′13″N 99°17′39″W / 39.23694°N 99.29417°W / 39.23694; -99.29417
Township 12 71249 183 1 (2) 277 (107) 1 (0) 0.24% 39°12′56″N 99°9′10″W / 39.21556°N 99.15278°W / 39.21556; -99.15278

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. ^ Kansas Place-Names,John Rydjord, University of Oklahoma Press, 1972, ISBN 0-8061-0994-7
  4. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Official websites
General county information
Local History and Genealogy
County Level Data
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