Comanche County, Kansas

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Comanche County
Comanche County Museum in Coldwater (2010)
Comanche County Museum in Coldwater (2010)
Map of Kansas highlighting Comanche County
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°11′N 99°16′W / 37.183°N 99.267°W / 37.183; -99.267Coordinates: 37°11′N 99°16′W / 37.183°N 99.267°W / 37.183; -99.267
Country United States
State Kansas
FoundedFebruary 26, 1867
Named forComanche Native Americans
SeatColdwater
Largest cityColdwater
Area
 • Total790 sq mi (2,000 km2)
 • Land788 sq mi (2,040 km2)
 • Water1.4 sq mi (4 km2)  0.2%%
Population
 • Total1,689
 • Density2.1/sq mi (0.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code620
Congressional district4th
Websitecomanchecoks.org

Comanche County (county code CM) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2020 census, the county population was 1,689.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Coldwater.[2] The county is named after the Comanche Native Americans.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 790 square miles (2,000 km2), of which 788 square miles (2,040 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880372
18902,549585.2%
19001,619−36.5%
19103,281102.7%
19205,30261.6%
19305,238−1.2%
19404,412−15.8%
19503,888−11.9%
19603,271−15.9%
19702,702−17.4%
19802,554−5.5%
19902,313−9.4%
20001,967−15.0%
20101,891−3.9%
20201,689−10.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790–1960[6] 1900–1990[7]
1990–2000[8] 2010–2020[1]

As of the 2000 census,[9] there were 1,967 people, 872 households, and 540 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 1,088 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 872 households, out of which 24.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.40% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.00% were non-families. Of all households 35.90% were made up of individuals, and 21.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.10% under the age of 18, 4.50% from 18 to 24, 21.00% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 25.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 93.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,415, and the median income for a family was $36,790. Males had a median income of $24,844 versus $18,221 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,037. About 8.50% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

United States presidential election results for Comanche County, Kansas[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 762 83.19% 126 13.76% 28 3.06%
2016 715 82.47% 102 11.76% 50 5.77%
2012 767 82.65% 143 15.41% 18 1.94%
2008 765 78.54% 194 19.92% 15 1.54%
2004 770 78.49% 200 20.39% 11 1.12%
2000 760 75.55% 211 20.97% 35 3.48%
1996 691 61.31% 298 26.44% 138 12.24%
1992 636 49.49% 325 25.29% 324 25.21%
1988 738 65.72% 375 33.39% 10 0.89%
1984 993 76.80% 285 22.04% 15 1.16%
1980 877 65.45% 393 29.33% 70 5.22%
1976 719 52.71% 630 46.19% 15 1.10%
1972 1,052 77.18% 281 20.62% 30 2.20%
1968 906 62.66% 451 31.19% 89 6.15%
1964 694 45.54% 818 53.67% 12 0.79%
1960 1,187 71.85% 460 27.85% 5 0.30%
1956 1,238 72.40% 461 26.96% 11 0.64%
1952 1,443 78.98% 374 20.47% 10 0.55%
1948 1,077 61.90% 650 37.36% 13 0.75%
1944 1,048 61.47% 642 37.65% 15 0.88%
1940 1,322 59.50% 880 39.60% 20 0.90%
1936 932 39.44% 1,428 60.43% 3 0.13%
1932 945 43.91% 1,175 54.60% 32 1.49%
1928 1,554 79.98% 385 19.81% 4 0.21%
1924 1,049 60.25% 432 24.81% 260 14.93%
1920 1,121 63.05% 612 34.42% 45 2.53%
1916 732 38.55% 963 50.71% 204 10.74%
1912 148 13.05% 377 33.25% 609 53.70%
1908 392 59.67% 245 37.29% 20 3.04%
1904 272 63.40% 129 30.07% 28 6.53%
1900 249 54.85% 194 42.73% 11 2.42%
1896 142 44.94% 172 54.43% 2 0.63%
1892 259 45.52% 0 0.00% 310 54.48%
1888 490 50.67% 384 39.71% 93 9.62%


Laws[edit]

The Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, either with or without a minimum of 30% of sales coming from food. Comanche County is one of 35 counties in the state that allows for the sale of liquor by the drink without the minimum food sales stipulation.[11]

Education[edit]

Unified school districts[edit]

Communities[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Comanche County (map legend)

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Townships[edit]

Comanche County is divided into four townships. None of the cities within the county are considered "governmentally independent", and all figures for the townships include those of the cities. 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.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km2 (/sq mi)
Land area
km2 (sq mi)
Water area
km2 (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Avilla 03525 58 0 (0) 309 (119) 0 (0) 0.15% 37°5′14″N 99°17′20″W / 37.08722°N 99.28889°W / 37.08722; -99.28889
Coldwater 14725 Coldwater 1,086 1 (3) 1,099 (424) 2 (1) 0.17% 37°16′6″N 99°18′5″W / 37.26833°N 99.30139°W / 37.26833; -99.30139
Powell 57325 89 0 (1) 186 (72) 0 (0) 0.03% 37°20′36″N 99°8′37″W / 37.34333°N 99.14361°W / 37.34333; -99.14361
Protection 57875 Protection 734 2 (4) 448 (173) 1 (0) 0.28% 37°12′20″N 99°29′16″W / 37.20556°N 99.48778°W / 37.20556; -99.48778
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. Archived from the original on August 2, 2002.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "QuickFacts; Comanche County, Kansas; Population, Census, 2020 & 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on August 15, 2021. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Profile for Comanche County, Kansas". ePodunk. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections".
  11. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties" (PDF). Kansas Department of Revenue Alcoholic Beverage Control. December 30, 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
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