Kiowa County, Kansas
New 2009 County Courthouse in Greensburg
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
|Founded||February 26, 1867|
|Named for||Kiowa tribe|
|• Total||723 sq mi (1,870 km2)|
|• Land||723 sq mi (1,870 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2) 0.03%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||3.5/sq mi (1.4/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
- Edwards County (north)
- Pratt County (east)
- Barber County (southeast)
- Comanche County (south)
- Clark County (southwest)
- Ford County (west)
- US 54
- US 183
- US 400
Kiowa County has only U.S. highways, no state highways.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,278 people, 1,365 households, and 924 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,643 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.19% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.98% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 2.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,365 households out of which 27.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 5.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 30.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 21.80% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 21.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,576, and the median income for a family was $40,950. Males had a median income of $29,063 versus $20,764 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,207. About 7.40% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.50% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.
Like all of the High Plains, Kiowa County is overwhelmingly Republican. The only Democrat to ever win a majority in the county has been Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, who ironically achieved the feat against Kansas native Alf Landon. Woodrow Wilson won a plurality in 1916, but since 1944 only three Democrats have reached thirty percent of the county's vote, and Michael Dukakis in 1988 during a major drought and consequent farm crisis is the last Democrat to receive so much as twenty percent.
Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Kiowa County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.
Unified school districts
- Barclay College, Haviland
Kiowa County has only one township, and none of the cities within the county are considered governmentally independent; all figures for the township include those of the cities.
/km² (/sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
|Water %||Geographic coordinates|
|Kiowa Rural||37185||3,278||2 (5)||1,871 (722)||1 (0)||0.03%|
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- "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-01-21.
- Standard Atlas of Kiowa County, Kansas; Geo. A. Ogle & Co; 53 pages; 1906.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kiowa County, Kansas.|
- Kiowa County from American History and Genealogy Project (AHGP)
- Kiowa County Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
- Kansas Highway Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
- Kansas Railroad Maps: Current, 1996, 1915, KDOT and Kansas Historical Society