Soldier, Kansas

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Soldier, Kansas
City
Location within Jackson County and Kansas
Location within Jackson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Jackson County (legend)
KDOT map of Jackson County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°32′12″N 95°57′53″W / 39.53667°N 95.96472°W / 39.53667; -95.96472Coordinates: 39°32′12″N 95°57′53″W / 39.53667°N 95.96472°W / 39.53667; -95.96472
Country United States
State Kansas
County Jackson
Incorporated 1878
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
Area[1]
 • Total 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
 • Land 0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,217 ft (371 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 136
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 140
 • Density 910/sq mi (350/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 66540
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-66175 [4]
GNIS feature ID 0473447 [5]

Soldier is a city in Jackson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 136.[6]

History[edit]

The first settlement was made at Soldier in 1877, and the town was laid out in the same year.[7] Soldier took its name from Soldier Creek.[8] The city was incorporated in 1896.[7]

A tornado in 1883 destroyed 18 buildings and killed 4 people.[9] Soldier was affected by the June 2008 tornado outbreak sequence: a man was found dead outside the city on the morning of June 11, 2008, killed by a tornado estimated at ½ mile (0.8 km) wide.[10]

Geography[edit]

Soldier is located at 39°32′12″N 95°57′53″W / 39.536792°N 95.964849°W / 39.536792; -95.964849 (39.536792, −95.964849).[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2), all of it land.[1]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Soldier has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 98
1890 193 96.9%
1900 302 56.5%
1910 358 18.5%
1920 346 −3.4%
1930 274 −20.8%
1940 247 −9.9%
1950 193 −21.9%
1960 171 −11.4%
1970 173 1.2%
1980 165 −4.6%
1990 135 −18.2%
2000 122 −9.6%
2010 136 11.5%
Est. 2015 140 [13] 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

Soldier is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 136 people, 48 households, and 33 families residing in the city. The population density was 906.7 inhabitants per square mile (350.1/km2). There were 56 housing units at an average density of 373.3 per square mile (144.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.4% White, 3.7% Native American, 0.7% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 48 households of which 41.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.3% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.52.

The median age in the city was 33.5 years. 39% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 21.3% were from 45 to 64; and 13.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 55.1% male and 44.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 122 people, 45 households, and 31 families residing in the city. The population density was 800.6 people per square mile (314.0/km2). There were 58 housing units at an average density of 380.6 per square mile (149.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 81.15% White, 15.57% Native American, and 3.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.56% of the population.

There were 45 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the city, the population was spread out with 32.0% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,750, and the median income for a family was $46,000. Males had a median income of $25,417 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,768. There were 11.5% of families and 21.2% of the population living below the poverty line, including 23.1% of under eighteens and 42.9% of those over 64.

Education[edit]

Soldier is part of USD 335 Jackson Heights.

Soldier High School won the Kansas State High School boys class BB Indoor Track & Field championship in 1964.[14]

Community[edit]

Two churches are located in Soldier: the Soldier Christian Church and the Soldier Methodist Church. Beside its post office, only one business is located in the city: the Soldier Grill, a restaurant. Another business, the Red Rock Ranch, lies 1.5 miles (2.4 km) outside of the city limits.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  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 June 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 712. 
  8. ^ "Profile for Soldier, Kansas". ePodunk. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Barr, Elizabeth N. (1907). Business directory and history of Jackson County. p. 77. 
  10. ^ "2 Killed In Kansas Storms, Tornadoes". KCTV. June 12, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2008. 
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  12. ^ Climate Summary for Soldier, Kansas
  13. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Track & Field". KSHSAA. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • A History of Soldier, Kansas; Robert Markham; 85 pages; 1985; ASIN: B0006ELRJ8.

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