Former Missouri Pacific Railroad depot in Claflin, 1900
|• Total||0.33 sq mi (0.85 km2)|
|• Land||0.33 sq mi (0.85 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,811 ft (552 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2,000/sq mi (760/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|FIPS code||20-13425 |
Claflin was first settled in 1887 after the Missouri Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. The city was incorporated in 1901. Claflin is the maiden name of the wife of an early settler.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 645 people, 267 households, and 175 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,954.5 inhabitants per square mile (754.6/km2). There were 299 housing units at an average density of 906.1 per square mile (349.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.
There were 267 households of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.5% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.04.
The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 705 people, 280 households, and 189 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,120.3 people per square mile (824.9/km2). There were 316 housing units at an average density of 950.4 per square mile (369.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.43% White, 0.14% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.99% of the population.
There were 280 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the city, the population was spread out with 30.9% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,521, and the median income for a family was $35,417. Males had a median income of $29,659 versus $18,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,819. About 2.2% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.
Claflin is served by Central Plains USD 112 school district. The Central Plains High School mascot is the "Oilers" and current Principal is Toby Holmes. Prior to a consolidation, the school & mascot were known as the Claflin High School "Wildcats".
The Central Plains Oilers won the Kansas State High School 8-Man DI football championship in 2014, and again in 2018 after an undefeated season, finishing 13-0 with the Kansas State Ranking of #1 for their classification, and a National ranking of #8 in the country. The current Head Coach is Chris Steiner.
They have also won 5 straight KSHSAA 2A girls basketball titles dating back to 2014.
Historic feat: In the 2017-2018 basketball season, the girls varsity basketball team had an undefeated season and went on to win the State Championship in Manhattan, Kansas. Not to be outdone, the boys varsity basketball team had an undefeated season also, and went on to with the State Championship in Manhattan, Kansas too. Within the same season, both teams finished the season 26-0, as each took home the Kansas State Championship trophy for their classification (school size). They are coached by Pat Stiles.
- Walter Hickel (1919–2010) - Twice governor of Alaska. United States Secretary of the Interior under President Richard Nixon.
- Jackie Stiles (b1978) - NCAA Division I women's college basketball.
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- USD 112, local school district
- Claflin City Map, KDOT