Silver Lake, Kansas

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Silver Lake, Kansas
City
Downtown Silver Lake (2009)
Downtown Silver Lake (2009)
Location within Shawnee County and Kansas
Location within Shawnee County and Kansas
KDOT map of Shawnee County (legend)
KDOT map of Shawnee County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°6′9″N 95°51′33″W / 39.10250°N 95.85917°W / 39.10250; -95.85917Coordinates: 39°6′9″N 95°51′33″W / 39.10250°N 95.85917°W / 39.10250; -95.85917
Country United States
State Kansas
County Shawnee
Incorporated 1871 [1]
Area[2]
 • Total 0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
 • Land 0.58 sq mi (1.50 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 912 ft (278 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 1,439
 • Estimate (2016)[4] 1,426
 • Density 2,400/sq mi (930/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 66539
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-65600
GNIS ID 0478658 [5]
Website SilverLakeKS.org

Silver Lake is a city in Shawnee County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,439.[6]

History[edit]

19th century[edit]

Silver Lake was founded in 1868.[7] It was named from the lake upon which it was situated.[8] In the spring of 1871, the city of Silver Lake was incorporated.[1]

20th century[edit]

In 1911, a new six room brick school building replaced the original two room structure and the first high school class was organized. In 1928, that building became the elementary school. In 1952, the high school burned and a new high school was completed in 1953. In 1961, a new elementary school was completed.[1]

In 1928, a two-lane hard-surfaced road was completed through the city. It was later known as US Highway 40 and later became US Highway 24.[1]

Geography[edit]

Silver Lake is located at 39°6′9″N 95°51′33″W / 39.10250°N 95.85917°W / 39.10250; -95.85917 (39.102431, -95.859047).[9] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.60 square miles (1.55 km2), of which, 0.58 square miles (1.50 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[2]

Silver Lake is the nearest city to Topeka to the west, along U.S. Route 24. Recently Silver Lake has had a higher proportion of its citizens commuting into Topeka. The next city west along US 24 is Rossville.

Silver Lake was originally settled along the northern shore of the Kansas River, however in the time since the town's founding, the river has changed course and is located a quarter of a mile south of the town.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 159
1880 268 68.6%
1890 256 −4.5%
1900 259 1.2%
1910 260 0.4%
1920 260 0.0%
1930 336 29.2%
1940 362 7.7%
1950 331 −8.6%
1960 392 18.4%
1970 811 106.9%
1980 1,350 66.5%
1990 1,390 3.0%
2000 1,358 −2.3%
2010 1,439 6.0%
Est. 2016 1,426 [4] −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2013 Estimate[11]

Silver Lake is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,439 people, 563 households, and 414 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,481.0 inhabitants per square mile (957.9/km2). There were 601 housing units at an average density of 1,036.2 per square mile (400.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.3% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.

There were 563 households of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.5% were non-families. 23.8% 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 2.56 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 36.3 years. 29.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,358 people, 538 households, and 394 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,470.7 people per square mile (953.3/km²). There were 568 housing units at an average density of 1,033.4 per square mile (398.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.83% White, 0.07% African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.77% of the population.

There were 538 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 105.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $52,788, and the median income for a family was $59,875. Males had a median income of $40,847 versus $28,438 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,290. About 2.2% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Silver Lake USD 372 has two schools: Silver Lake Jr/Sr High School and Silver Lake Elementary School. There used to be a Silver Lake Kindergarten until 2009, when it merged with the Elementary school. Silver Lake has been the subject of school overcrowding in Kansas.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d History of Silver Lake
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 696. 
  8. ^ Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 293. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved May 31, 2014. 

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