Rush County, Kansas

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Rush County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Rush 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 Alexander Rush
Seat La Crosse
Largest city La Crosse
Area
 • Total 718.42 sq mi (1,861 km2)
 • Land 718.21 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Water 0.21 sq mi (1 km2), 0.03%
Population
 • (2010) 3,307
 • Density 4.7/sq mi (1.8/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.rushcounty.org

Coordinates: 38°31′N 99°18′W / 38.517°N 99.300°W / 38.517; -99.300

Rush County (standard abbreviation: RH) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 3,307.[1] The largest city and county seat is La Crosse.[2]

Law and government[edit]

Rush 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 2000 census, the county has a total area of 718.42 square miles (1,860.7 km2), of which 718.21 square miles (1,860.2 km2) (or 99.97%) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) (or 0.03%) is water.[4] It is intersected by Walnut Creek, a tributary of the Arkansas River, and watered by other streams.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 5,490
1890 5,204 −5.2%
1900 6,134 17.9%
1910 7,826 27.6%
1920 8,360 6.8%
1930 9,093 8.8%
1940 8,285 −8.9%
1950 7,231 −12.7%
1960 6,160 −14.8%
1970 5,117 −16.9%
1980 4,516 −11.7%
1990 3,842 −14.9%
2000 3,551 −7.6%
2010 3,307 −6.9%
Est. 2012 3,220 [6] −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Age pyramid
2005 KDOT Map of Rush County (map legend)

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 3,551 people, 1,548 households, and 1,013 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,928 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.45% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,548 households out of which 26.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.50% were non-families. 31.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 25.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,268, and the median income for a family was $38,821. Males had a median income of $25,408 versus $20,307 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,033. About 6.70% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated cities[edit]

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated community[edit]

Townships[edit]

Rush 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
Alexander-Belle Prairie 01087 139 1 (2) 220 (85) 0 (0) 0.02% 38°27′23″N 99°31′49″W / 38.45639°N 99.53028°W / 38.45639; -99.53028
Banner 04075 191 1 (4) 139 (54) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°25′53″N 99°11′28″W / 38.43139°N 99.19111°W / 38.43139; -99.19111
Big Timber 06775 164 1 (3) 122 (47) 0 (0) 0.03% 38°39′1″N 99°18′54″W / 38.65028°N 99.31500°W / 38.65028; -99.31500
Center 12125 256 2 (5) 139 (54) 0 (0) 0% 38°26′6″N 99°18′13″W / 38.43500°N 99.30361°W / 38.43500; -99.30361
Garfield 25800 132 1 (2) 139 (54) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°25′15″N 99°4′45″W / 38.42083°N 99.07917°W / 38.42083; -99.07917
Hampton-Fairview 29812 304 1 (3) 276 (107) 0 (0) 0.11% 38°37′32″N 99°30′12″W / 38.62556°N 99.50333°W / 38.62556; -99.50333
Illinois 33750 47 0 (1) 125 (48) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°38′48″N 99°11′28″W / 38.64667°N 99.19111°W / 38.64667; -99.19111
La Crosse-Brookdale 37525 1,475 7 (17) 218 (84) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°32′2″N 99°20′15″W / 38.53389°N 99.33750°W / 38.53389; -99.33750
Lone Star 42500 319 3 (8) 110 (42) 0 (0) 0% 38°31′21″N 99°11′46″W / 38.52250°N 99.19611°W / 38.52250; -99.19611
Pioneer 55950 426 4 (10) 108 (42) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°32′13″N 99°4′4″W / 38.53694°N 99.06778°W / 38.53694; -99.06778
Pleasantdale 56325 33 0 (1) 124 (48) 0 (0) 0.07% 38°38′20″N 99°5′17″W / 38.63889°N 99.08806°W / 38.63889; -99.08806
Union 72350 65 0 (1) 141 (54) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°26′4″N 99°25′47″W / 38.43444°N 99.42972°W / 38.43444; -99.42972

Education[edit]

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 April 7, 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 2007-12-28. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Rush. II. A W. central county of Kansas". The American Cyclopædia. 1879. 
  6. ^ U.S. County 2012 Estimated Census; census.gov
  7. ^ U.S. Decennial Census; census.gov
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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