Nickerson, Kansas

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Nickerson, Kansas
City
Elevator in 2003
Elevator in 2003
Location within Reno County and Kansas
Location within Reno County and Kansas
KDOT map of Reno County (legend)
KDOT map of Reno County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°8′55″N 98°5′3″W / 38.14861°N 98.08417°W / 38.14861; -98.08417Coordinates: 38°8′55″N 98°5′3″W / 38.14861°N 98.08417°W / 38.14861; -98.08417
Country United States
State Kansas
County Reno
Area[1]
 • Total 1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)
 • Land 1.35 sq mi (3.50 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,594 ft (486 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,070
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 1,021
 • Density 790/sq mi (310/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67561
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-50525 [4]
GNIS ID 0475913 [5]
Website NickersonKS.org

Nickerson is a city in Reno County, Kansas, United States. It was named in honor of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway president Thomas Nickerson when the town was founded in 1872.[6][7] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,070.[8]

History[edit]

Nickerson was laid out in 1872 when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway was extended to that point. The first houses were built at the site in 1875. Nickerson was incorporated as a city in 1879.[9]

Geography[edit]

Nickerson is located at 38°8′55″N 98°5′3″W / 38.14861°N 98.08417°W / 38.14861; -98.08417 (38.148508, −98.084154).[10] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.35 square miles (3.50 km2), all of it land.[1]

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, Nickerson has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[11]

Films[edit]

  • Picnic, 1955, the scenes at the Owenses' and the Pottses' houses were filmed in Nickerson.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 597
1890 1,662 178.4%
1900 1,038 −37.5%
1910 1,195 15.1%
1920 1,049 −12.2%
1930 1,052 0.3%
1940 1,052 0.0%
1950 1,013 −3.7%
1960 1,091 7.7%
1970 1,187 8.8%
1980 1,292 8.8%
1990 1,137 −12.0%
2000 1,194 5.0%
2010 1,070 −10.4%
Est. 2016 1,021 [3] −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,070 people, 422 households, and 318 families residing in the city. The population density was 792.6 inhabitants per square mile (306.0/km2). There were 493 housing units at an average density of 365.2 per square mile (141.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 422 households of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.6% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% 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 2.91.

The median age in the city was 38.8 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,194 people, 460 households, and 333 families residing in the city. The population density was 883.8 people per square mile (341.5/km²). There were 507 housing units at an average density of 375.3 per square mile (145.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.40% White, 0.25% African American, 0.59% Native American, 1.01% from other races, and 1.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.85% of the population.

There were 460 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 24.3% 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 2.58 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,269, and the median income for a family was $34,188. Males had a median income of $29,091 versus $18,313 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,609. About 10.3% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

  • City Hall, 15 N. Nickerson St.

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary education[edit]

Nickerson is part of USD 309 with South Hutchinson. The district's schools, which have an average enrollment of 350 students annually, include Nickerson High School and Nickerson Grade School.[citation needed]

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Highway[edit]

K-96 state highway passes through Nickerson. KDOT has proposed converting K-96 into a 4-lane highway and bypass the cities of Nickerson and Sterling. Numerous routes have been studied.[12][13]

Rail[edit]

The Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad passes through the city.

Gallery[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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External links[edit]

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