Catharine, Kansas

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Catharine, Kansas
Census-designated place
KDOT map of Ellis County (legend)
KDOT map of Ellis County (legend)
Catharine is located in Kansas
Location within the state of Kansas
Coordinates: 38°55′38″N 99°13′00″W / 38.92722°N 99.21667°W / 38.92722; -99.21667Coordinates: 38°55′38″N 99°13′00″W / 38.92722°N 99.21667°W / 38.92722; -99.21667
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ellis
Founded 1876
 • Total 1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Land 1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,014 ft (614 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 104
 • Density 59/sq mi (22.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67627
Area code(s) 785
GNIS feature ID 475193[2]

Catharine is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Catherine Township, Ellis County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the community was 104.[1]


Volga German immigrants founded and settled Catharine in April 1876, naming it after Katharinestadt, the town they came from in Russia.[3] Katharinestadt was the economic center of the German colonies in Russia and, as a result, Catharine's settlers were initially wealthier than those of other Volga German settlements in the area.[4] More German settlers from Katharinestadt arrived over the next two years followed by Austrians from Moravia beginning in 1878.[5]

The community's first school opened in 1879 and doubled as a church until the completion of St. Catherine's Catholic Church in 1892.[4] The first post office in Catharine opened in 1882.[6]


Catharine is located at 38°55′38″N 99°13′00″W / 38.92722°N 99.21667°W / 38.92722; -99.21667 (38.9272337, -99.2167660) at an elevation of 2,014 feet (614 m).[2] It lies on the east side of North Fork Big Creek, part of the Smoky Hill River watershed, in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[7][8] Catharine is roughly 3 miles (5 km) north of Interstate 70 and 6 miles (10 km) northeast of Hays, the county seat.[8]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Catharine has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]


As of the 2010 census, there were 104 people, 49 households, and 29 families residing in the community. There were 59 housing units. The racial makeup of the community was 100.0% White. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.0% of the population.[1]

There were 49 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 2.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% were non-families. 40.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12, and the average family size was 2.86.[1]

In the community, the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.9 males age 18 and over.[1]


Catharine lies within Unified School District (USD) 489, based in Hays.[10][11]


Catherine Road, a paved county road, runs east-west along the northern edge of the town.[8]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "American FactFinder 2". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Heim, Michael (2007). Exploring Kansas Highways. p. 31. 
  4. ^ a b Dreiling, B. M. (1999) [1926], Golden Jubilee of German-Russian Settlements - Catherine, The KSGenWeb Project, retrieved 2010-07-02 
  5. ^ "Homesteading in Ellis County - Catharine". Kansas Heritage Project. Fort Hays State University. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  6. ^ "Post Offices in Kansas". Kansas State Historical Society. Retrieved 2010-10-10. 
  7. ^ "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  8. ^ a b c "General Highway Map - Ellis County, Kansas" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Catharine, Kansas
  10. ^ "City of Hays / Ellis County Geospatial Data Portal". City of Hays / Ellis County - GIS Division. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  11. ^ "USD 489". USD 489. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  12. ^ Firmin Martin Schmidt