Washington County, Kansas

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Washington County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1857
Named for George Washington
Seat Washington
Largest city Washington
Area
 • Total 899 sq mi (2,328 km2)
 • Land 895 sq mi (2,318 km2)
 • Water 3.9 sq mi (10 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010) 5,799
 • Density 6.5/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website washingtoncountyks.net

Coordinates: 39°48′N 97°06′W / 39.800°N 97.100°W / 39.800; -97.100

Washington County (standard abbreviation: WS) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 5,799.[1] Its county seat and largest city is Washington.[2]

History[edit]

21st century[edit]

In 2010, the Keystone-Cushing Pipeline (Phase II) was constructed north to south through Washington County, with much controversy over tax exemption and environmental concerns (if a leak ever does occur).[3][4]

Law and government[edit]

Washington 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.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 899 square miles (2,330 km2), of which 895 square miles (2,320 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (0.4%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 383
1870 4,081 965.5%
1880 14,910 265.4%
1890 22,894 53.5%
1900 21,963 −4.1%
1910 20,229 −7.9%
1920 17,984 −11.1%
1930 17,112 −4.8%
1940 15,921 −7.0%
1950 12,977 −18.5%
1960 10,739 −17.2%
1970 9,249 −13.9%
1980 8,543 −7.6%
1990 7,073 −17.2%
2000 6,483 −8.3%
2010 5,799 −10.6%
Est. 2013 5,629 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]
Age pyramid

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 6,483 people, 2,673 households, and 1,780 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,142 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.90% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,673 households out of which 26.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.40% were married couples living together, 4.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 31.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 25.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,363, and the median income for a family was $37,260. Males had a median income of $25,074 versus $18,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,515. About 7.30% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The county is served by:

Washington County Schools USD 108[edit]

The superintendent is Michael D. Stegman.[12] It includes:[12]

  • West Elementary School (Principal:Ron Scott[13])
  • East Elementary School (Principal: Ron Scott[13])
  • Washington County Junior High/High School (Principal: Phil Wilson[14]).

Communities[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Washington County from KDOT (map legend)

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Townships[edit]

Washington County is divided into twenty-five townships. The city of Washington is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. 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
Barnes 04275 233 3 (6) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°41′59″N 96°51′41″W / 39.69972°N 96.86139°W / 39.69972; -96.86139
Brantford 08250 91 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°42′0″N 97°19′19″W / 39.70000°N 97.32194°W / 39.70000; -97.32194
Charleston 12625 99 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°52′36″N 96°58′54″W / 39.87667°N 96.98167°W / 39.87667; -96.98167
Clifton 14225 459 5 (13) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°35′19″N 97°18′11″W / 39.58861°N 97.30306°W / 39.58861; -97.30306
Coleman 14750 64 1 (2) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°46′39″N 97°11′24″W / 39.77750°N 97.19000°W / 39.77750; -97.19000
Farmington 23275 192 2 (5) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°51′52″N 97°6′1″W / 39.86444°N 97.10028°W / 39.86444; -97.10028
Franklin 24525 139 2 (4) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.24% 39°57′33″N 96°59′20″W / 39.95917°N 96.98889°W / 39.95917; -96.98889
Grant 28175 25 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°46′24″N 97°19′21″W / 39.77333°N 97.32250°W / 39.77333; -97.32250
Greenleaf 28650 450 5 (13) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°42′33″N 96°59′5″W / 39.70917°N 96.98472°W / 39.70917; -96.98472
Haddam 29425 246 3 (7) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°51′51″N 97°18′28″W / 39.86417°N 97.30778°W / 39.86417; -97.30778
Hanover 29900 884 9 (25) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°52′54″N 96°52′10″W / 39.88167°N 96.86944°W / 39.88167; -96.86944
Highland 32025 22 0 (1) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.45% 39°57′16″N 97°5′30″W / 39.95444°N 97.09167°W / 39.95444; -97.09167
Independence 33950 169 2 (5) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°57′28″N 96°51′50″W / 39.95778°N 96.86389°W / 39.95778; -96.86389
Kimeo 36850 75 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°36′11″N 96°57′57″W / 39.60306°N 96.96583°W / 39.60306; -96.96583
Lincoln 41250 84 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°37′2″N 96°51′12″W / 39.61722°N 96.85333°W / 39.61722; -96.85333
Linn 41450 599 6 (17) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°41′5″N 97°5′16″W / 39.68472°N 97.08778°W / 39.68472; -97.08778
Little Blue 41500 93 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.09% 39°46′38″N 96°51′59″W / 39.77722°N 96.86639°W / 39.77722; -96.86639
Logan 42300 109 1 (3) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°47′11″N 96°57′56″W / 39.78639°N 96.96556°W / 39.78639; -96.96556
Lowe 43025 76 1 (2) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°57′29″N 97°12′5″W / 39.95806°N 97.20139°W / 39.95806; -97.20139
Mill Creek 46750 274 3 (8) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°52′4″N 97°11′20″W / 39.86778°N 97.18889°W / 39.86778; -97.18889
Sheridan 64775 119 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°37′3″N 97°11′19″W / 39.61750°N 97.18861°W / 39.61750; -97.18861
Sherman 65125 249 3 (7) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°37′2″N 97°6′3″W / 39.61722°N 97.10083°W / 39.61722; -97.10083
Strawberry 68550 130 1 (4) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°41′32″N 97°12′30″W / 39.69222°N 97.20833°W / 39.69222; -97.20833
Union 72475 161 2 (5) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°57′58″N 97°19′30″W / 39.96611°N 97.32500°W / 39.96611; -97.32500
Washington 75850 218 2 (6) 91 (35) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°47′12″N 97°4′38″W / 39.78667°N 97.07722°W / 39.78667; -97.07722

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 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Keystone Pipeline - Marion County Commission calls out Legislative Leadership on Pipeline Deal; April 18, 2010.
  4. ^ Keystone Pipeline - TransCanada inspecting pipeline; December 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ a b 108, Washington County Schools USD. "Washington County". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  13. ^ a b Schools, West Elementary and East Elementary. "Elementary Personnel". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  14. ^ School, Washington County Junior High/High School. "Personnel". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 

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