Americus, Kansas

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Americus, Kansas
City
Location within Lyon County and Kansas
Location within Lyon County and Kansas
KDOT map of Lyon County (legend)
KDOT map of Lyon County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°30′23″N 96°15′35″W / 38.50639°N 96.25972°W / 38.50639; -96.25972Coordinates: 38°30′23″N 96°15′35″W / 38.50639°N 96.25972°W / 38.50639; -96.25972
Country United States
State Kansas
County Lyon
Government
 • Type Mayor/Council
 • Mayor Jeff Shirley [1]
 • City Clerk Marcia Johnson[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Land 1.12 sq mi (2.90 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 1,158 ft (353 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 894
 • Estimate (2015)[4] 884
 • Density 790/sq mi (310/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 66835
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-01675 [5]
GNIS feature ID 0477176 [6]

Americus is a city in Lyon County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 896.[7]

History[edit]

Americus was laid out in the fall of 1857.[8] It was named for Amerigo Vespucci.[9]

Americus was a station and shipping point on the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad.[10]

Geography[edit]

Americus is located at 38°30′23″N 96°15′35″W / 38.50639°N 96.25972°W / 38.50639; -96.25972 (38.506448, -96.259598).[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.13 square miles (2.93 km2), of which, 1.12 square miles (2.90 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 431
1890 393 −8.8%
1900 332 −15.5%
1910 451 35.8%
1920 493 9.3%
1930 430 −12.8%
1940 406 −5.6%
1950 339 −16.5%
1960 300 −11.5%
1970 441 47.0%
1980 915 107.5%
1990 891 −2.6%
2000 938 5.3%
2010 894 −4.7%
Est. 2015 884 [4] −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Americus is part of the Emporia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 894 people, 354 households, and 251 families residing in the city. The population density was 798.2 inhabitants per square mile (308.2/km2). There were 386 housing units at an average density of 344.6 per square mile (133.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.

There were 354 households of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.1% were non-families. 24.0% 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 2.53 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 38 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 12.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 938 people, 355 households, and 259 families residing in the city. The population density was 870.1 people per square mile (335.3/km²). There were 383 housing units at an average density of 355.3 per square mile (136.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.80% White, 0.32% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 1.07% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 355 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,859, and the median income for a family was $43,850. Males had a median income of $29,545 versus $21,705 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,532. About 9.9% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Americus is served by USD 251 North Lyon County. The Northern Heights High School mascot is Wildcats.[12]

Americus High School closed in school unification. The Americus Indians[13] achieved a record of 26-0 to win the Kansas State High School boys Class B basketball championship in 1961.[14]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ French, Laura M. (1929). History of Emporia and Lyon County, Kansas. Heritage Books. p. 129. 
  9. ^ Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 229. 
  10. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 68. 
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ "North Lyon County USD 251". USD 251. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Lyon County Tournament", The Emporia Gazette, 22 January 1963, p.12.
  14. ^ "Basketball". KSHSAA. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 

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