Schoenchen, Kansas

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Schoenchen, Kansas
City
Location within Ellis County (left) and Kansas (right)
Location within Ellis County (left) and Kansas (right)
Coordinates: 38°42′48″N 99°19′51″W / 38.71333°N 99.33083°W / 38.71333; -99.33083Coordinates: 38°42′48″N 99°19′51″W / 38.71333°N 99.33083°W / 38.71333; -99.33083
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ellis
Founded 1877
Area[1]
 • Total 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
 • Land 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,926 ft (587 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 207
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 210
 • Density 1,900/sq mi (740/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67667
Area code(s) 785
FIPS code 20-63425 [4]
GNIS feature ID 0475386 [5]

Schoenchen is a city in Ellis County, Kansas, United States.[5] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 207.[6]

History[edit]

Following a dispute over the proposed relocation of nearby Liebenthal, Volga German settlers founded Schoenchen in April 1877. They originally named the community San Antonio, but then renamed it Schoenchen after one of the villages they immigrated from in Russia. The settlers built their first church in 1880, replacing it in 1901 with a permanent structure, St. Anthony Catholic Church, which still stands.[7]

Geography[edit]

Schoenchen is located at 38°42′48″N 99°19′51″W / 38.713244°N 99.330760°W / 38.713244; -99.330760 (38.713244, -99.330760)[8] at an elevation of 1,926 feet (587 m).[5] It lies on the south side of the Smoky Hill River in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[9] The confluence of the river and one of its tributaries, Lookout Hollow, is immediately northwest of the city.[10] Schoenchen is in northwestern Kansas approximately 137 miles (220 km) northwest of Wichita and 264 miles (425 km) west of Kansas City.[9][11] Located one-half mile west of U.S. Route 183, it is roughly 11 miles (18 km) south of Hays, the county seat.[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2), all of it land.[1]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Schoenchen has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 259
1950 170 −34.4%
1960 188 10.6%
1970 182 −3.2%
1980 209 14.8%
1990 128 −38.8%
2000 214 67.2%
2010 207 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2009, the median income for a household in the city was $45,000, and the median income for a family was $48,750. Males had a median income of $33,036 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,686. About 8.0% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.[13]

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 census, there were 207 people, 76 households, and 59 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,070 people per square mile (799.2/km2). There were 86 housing units at an average density of 860 per square mile (286.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 1.9% American Indian, 1.4% from other races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.9% of the population.[6]

There were 76 households of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 1.3% had a male householder with no wife present, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72, and the average family size was 3.10.[6]

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 107 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.6 males age 18 and over.[6]

Government[edit]

Schoenchen is a city of the third class with a mayor-council form of government. The city council consists of five members, and it meets on the first Monday after the 10th of each month.[14]

Education[edit]

Schoenchen lies within Unified School District (USD) 489, based in Hays.[15][16]

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Route 183 runs north-south 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of the city. Schoenchen Road, a paved county road, runs east-west through the city.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b c "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ a b c d "American FactFinder 2". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Homesteading in Ellis County - Schoenchen". Kansas Heritage Project. Fort Hays State University. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ a b "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map". Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  10. ^ a b c "General Highway Map - Ellis County, Kansas". Kansas Department of Transportation. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  11. ^ "City Distance Tool". Geobytes. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  12. ^ Climate Summary for Schoenchen, Kansas
  13. ^ "Schoenchen city, Kansas - Selected Economic Characteristics: 2005-2009". 2005-2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  14. ^ "Schoenchen". Directory of Kansas Public Officials. The League of Kansas Municipalities. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  15. ^ "City of Hays / Ellis County Geospatial Data Portal". City of Hays / Ellis County - GIS Division. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  16. ^ "USD 489". USD 489. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 

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