Bennington, Kansas

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Bennington, Kansas
City
Location within Ottawa County and Kansas
Location within Ottawa County and Kansas
KDOT map of Ottawa County (legend)
KDOT map of Ottawa County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°1′59″N 97°35′35″W / 39.03306°N 97.59306°W / 39.03306; -97.59306Coordinates: 39°1′59″N 97°35′35″W / 39.03306°N 97.59306°W / 39.03306; -97.59306
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ottawa
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Mayor Ward Stockhamp[1][2]
 • City Clerk Brooke Jones[1][2]
Area[3]
 • Total 0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
 • Land 0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,220 ft (372 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Total 672
 • Estimate (2015)[5] 653
 • Density 1,600/sq mi (620/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67422 [6]
Area code 785, exchange 488
FIPS code 20-06075 [7]
GNIS feature ID 0476467 [8]
Website City Website

Bennington is a city in Ottawa County, Kansas, United States.[9] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 672.[10] It is part of the Salina Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

19th century[edit]

Bennington was platted in 1878 and grew to a population of over 200 within three years.[11] The city name comes from one of two sources. A paper written on the history of Bennington states that Bennington is an Indian name meaning "place of fine trees." The same article also states that co-city founder George R. Parker gave the town its name after Bennington, Vermont.[12] The Solomon Valley Railroad, a branch of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, reached Bennington in 1878.[11]

In 1879, the first school was located one half mile south of town. In 1918, a new school house was built. In 1938, an auditorium was added; in 1955 a shop was added; and in 1961 a new grade school building was annexed.[11]

Geography[edit]

Bennington is located at 39°1′59″N 97°35′35″W / 39.03306°N 97.59306°W / 39.03306; -97.59306 (39.033174, -97.593030).[13] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.42 square miles (1.09 km2), all of it land.[3]

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, Bennington has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[14]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 390
1900 389 −0.3%
1910 386 −0.8%
1920 371 −3.9%
1930 374 0.8%
1940 369 −1.3%
1950 325 −11.9%
1960 535 64.6%
1970 561 4.9%
1980 579 3.2%
1990 568 −1.9%
2000 623 9.7%
2010 672 7.9%
Est. 2015 653 [5] −2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 672 people, 261 households, and 188 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,600.0 inhabitants per square mile (617.8/km2). There were 283 housing units at an average density of 673.8 per square mile (260.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 261 households of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.0% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 37.4 years. 28.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 12.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.8% male and 47.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 623 people, 245 households, and 182 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,474.4 people per square mile (572.7/km²). There were 266 housing units at an average density of 629.5 per square mile (244.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.75% White, 0.16% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.96% of the population.

There were 245 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city, the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,303, and the median income for a family was $45,972. Males had a median income of $32,143 versus $21,429 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,919. About 5.1% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

The Bennington government consists of a mayor and five council members. The council meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7 pm.[1][2]

  • City Hall, 121 North Nelson Street.
  • U.S. Post Office, 116 North Nelson Street.

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

Bennington is part of Unified School District 240.[15]

  • Bennington High School, 301 North Putnam Street.
  • Bennington Junior High School, 301 North Putnam Street.
  • Bennington Grade School, 223 North Putnam Street.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bennington - Directory of Public Officials Archived December 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c Bennington - Government Archived September 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  5. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  7. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Geographic Names Information System". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c History of Bennington Archived May 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ History of Bennington (continued) Archived May 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  14. ^ Climate Summary for Bennington, Kansas
  15. ^ USD 240

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