Location of Scandia, Kansas
|• Total||0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)|
|• Land||0.48 sq mi (1.24 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,440 ft (439 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||366|
|• Density||775.0/sq mi (299.2/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0472830|
The first American flag to be flown in what is now Kansas was raised near Scandia in 1806. It wasn't settled until 1868 by Swedes fleeing a famine in their native country, and was called New Scandinavia. The name was changed to Scandia in 1876, according to post office records. From there it became an important transition point for trade and travel in the early 1900s. It is now a small rural community.
Scandia is home to three prominent mansions. The Wohlfort Mansion, located south of Scandia stands five stories tall.
As of the census of 2010, there were 372 people, 174 households, and 110 families residing in the city. The population density was 775.0 inhabitants per square mile (299.2 /km2). There were 225 housing units at an average density of 468.8 per square mile (181.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.9% White, 0.5% Native American, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.
There were 174 households of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.69.
The median age in the city was 48.2 years. 19.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.2% were from 25 to 44; 31.3% were from 45 to 64; and 24.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.5% male and 53.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 436 people, 192 households, and 123 families residing in the city. The population density was 926.7 people per square mile (358.2/km²). There were 239 housing units at an average density of 508.0 per square mile (196.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.31% White, and 0.69% Native American.
There were 192 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.8% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,896, and the median income for a family was $37,031. Males had a median income of $25,833 versus $14,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,619. About 8.1% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 26.0% of those age 65 or over.
Ransom Henry Gile was an early settler in Scandia. He took a homestead of eighty acres in Republic County. Gile worked the land, planting orchards and establishing a quarry for the area on his property.
Greta Granstedt was a Swedish-American movie actress. The Granstedt family was one of the five pioneer families from Sweden who settled in this north central Kansas community in 1867-68. The families left Sweden in response to the terrible conditions in the three years of misery in Sweden.
Richard B. Wilke was the writer of the Disciple ministry series was first a local pastor in Scandia and is the author of several other books and programs for the Christian community.
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