Valley Center, Kansas

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Valley Center, Kansas
City
Motto: "Your Place To Grow!"
Location of Valley Center within County and State
Location of Valley Center within County and State
Detailed map of Valley Center, Kansas
Detailed map of Valley Center, Kansas
Coordinates: 37°49′47″N 97°22′10″W / 37.82972°N 97.36944°W / 37.82972; -97.36944Coordinates: 37°49′47″N 97°22′10″W / 37.82972°N 97.36944°W / 37.82972; -97.36944
Country United States
State Kansas
County Sedgwick
Incorporated 1885
Government
 • Mayor Mike McNown
Area[1]
 • Total 6.95 sq mi (18.00 km2)
 • Land 6.95 sq mi (18.00 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,345 ft (410 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 6,822
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 6,965
 • Density 981.6/sq mi (379.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67147
Area code(s) 316
FIPS code 20-73250
GNIS feature ID 0473852[4]
Website ValleyCenterKS.org

Valley Center is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,822.[5]

History[edit]

Valley Center was incorporated on September 29, 1885,[6] and was named for its location in the valley of the Arkansas River.[7]

On the morning of July 17, 2007, a large explosion occurred at the Barton Solvents chemical plant in Valley Center, destroying the plant and forcing the temporary evacuation of the city.[8] Cleanup began several weeks later,[9] and the investigation was completed by mid-August.[10]

Geography[edit]

Valley Center is located at 37°49′47″N 97°22′10″W / 37.82972°N 97.36944°W / 37.82972; -97.36944 (37.829719, -97.369341).[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.95 square miles (18.00 km2), all of it land.[1]

Valley Center is located two miles west of combined Interstate 135, U.S. Route 81, and K-15.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 71
1890 167 135.2%
1900 312 86.8%
1910 381 22.1%
1920 486 27.6%
1930 896 84.4%
1940 700 −21.9%
1950 854 22.0%
1960 2,570 200.9%
1970 2,551 −0.7%
1980 3,300 29.4%
1990 3,624 9.8%
2000 4,883 34.7%
2010 6,822 39.7%
Est. 2012 6,965 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
2012 Estimate[13]

Valley Center is part of the Wichita, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 6,822 people, 2,484 households, and 1,862 families residing in the city. The population density was 981.6 inhabitants per square mile (379.0 /km2). There were 2,601 housing units at an average density of 374.2 per square mile (144.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.2% White, 0.8% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 1.3% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

There were 2,484 households of which 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.0% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.22.

The median age in the city was 34.3 years. 31.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.8% were from 45 to 64; and 11.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,883 people, 1,761 households, and 1,368 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,464.2 people per square mile (566.2/km²). There were 1,826 housing units at an average density of 547.5 per square mile (211.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.78% White, 0.33% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.70% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.25% of the population.

There were 1,761 households out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% 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 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,683, and the median income for a family was $56,667. Males had a median income of $42,917 versus $26,639 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,259. About 1.0% of families and 2.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.

Events[edit]

  • Fall Fun Fest - Annual event in September.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Sedgwick County showing Valley Center and surrounding communities (map legend)

Further reading[edit]

Sedgwick County
Kansas

External links[edit]

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