Stevens County, Kansas

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Stevens County, Kansas
County
StevensCoCH.jpg
Stevens County Courthouse in Hugoton
Map of Kansas highlighting Stevens County
Location in the U.S. state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded August 3, 1886
Named for Thaddeus Stevens[1]
Seat Hugoton
Largest city Hugoton
Area
 • Total 727 sq mi (1,883 km2)
 • Land 727 sq mi (1,883 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (1 km2), 0.02%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 5,584
 • Density 7.9/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website StevensCoKS.org

Stevens County (standard abbreviation: SV) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 5,724.[2] Its county seat is Hugoton.[3] The county is named for the Reconstruction era Pennsylvania politician Thaddeus Stevens.[1]

History[edit]

19th century[edit]

On July 25, 1888, the Hay Meadow Massacre was a violent county seat fight between groups from Hugoton and Woodsdale, where 4 men were murdered.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 727 square miles (1,880 km2), of which 727 square miles (1,880 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.02%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 12
1890 1,418 11,716.7%
1900 620 −56.3%
1910 2,453 295.6%
1920 3,943 60.7%
1930 4,655 18.1%
1940 3,193 −31.4%
1950 4,516 41.4%
1960 4,400 −2.6%
1970 4,198 −4.6%
1980 4,736 12.8%
1990 5,048 6.6%
2000 5,463 8.2%
2010 5,724 4.8%
Est. 2016 5,584 [5] −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2016[2]
Age pyramid

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 5,463 people, 1,988 households, and 1,457 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,265 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.01% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 13.25% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. 21.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,988 households out of which 38.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.10% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the county, the population was spread out with 31.20% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,830, and the median income for a family was $49,063. Males had a median income of $36,525 versus $22,803 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,814. About 8.30% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.10% of those under age 18 and 4.70% of those age 65 or over.

Law and government[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 84.6% 1,599 11.6% 220 3.8% 72
2012 86.0% 1,749 12.4% 252 1.6% 33
2008 85.3% 1,815 13.3% 283 1.4% 29
2004 85.5% 1,936 13.7% 310 0.8% 19
2000 81.2% 1,714 16.3% 345 2.5% 52
1996 70.9% 1,548 18.5% 405 10.6% 231
1992 56.8% 1,408 15.7% 390 27.4% 679
1988 71.2% 1,642 26.5% 612 2.3% 53
1984 82.0% 1,863 17.0% 386 1.0% 22
1980 72.0% 1,502 22.9% 478 5.0% 105
1976 57.2% 1,262 40.9% 901 1.9% 42
1972 74.5% 1,392 21.8% 408 3.7% 69
1968 58.4% 1,157 26.6% 528 15.0% 297
1964 49.1% 992 49.8% 1,006 1.1% 22
1960 68.7% 1,405 30.8% 630 0.4% 9
1956 69.0% 1,273 30.6% 565 0.4% 7
1952 77.2% 1,480 22.1% 423 0.8% 15
1948 54.0% 822 43.8% 666 2.2% 33
1944 64.6% 760 35.2% 414 0.2% 2
1940 55.1% 851 43.6% 674 1.4% 21
1936 40.5% 701 59.1% 1,023 0.4% 6
1932 31.1% 578 65.9% 1,225 3.1% 57
1928 78.5% 1,133 20.8% 300 0.7% 10
1924 66.6% 913 22.0% 302 11.4% 157
1920 69.5% 876 27.4% 346 3.1% 39
1916 33.5% 391 55.3% 646 11.2% 131
1912 19.3% 117 39.2% 237 41.5% 251[a]
1908 48.2% 258 40.2% 215 11.6% 62
1904 64.2% 122 21.1% 40 14.7% 28
1900 42.3% 66 57.1% 89 0.6% 1
1896 32.2% 48 67.8% 101 0.0% 0
1892 31.5% 85 68.5% 185
1888 41.0% 307 35.8% 268 23.2% 174

Like all of Kansas outside the eastern cities, Stevens County is overwhelmingly Republican. It has not been won by a Democrat at Presidential level since Lyndon Johnson won by fourteen votes in 1964. In fact, the last Democrat to crack thirty percent of the county’s vote was Jimmy Carter in 1976, and since Carter only Michael Dukakis during the drought- and farm crisis-influenced 1988 election has received so much as twenty percent.

County Government[edit]

Stevens County is governed by the Stevens County Commissioners. The current members are David Bozone, Joe D. Thompson, and Pat Hall. They are elected from their respected districts, every Four years with one district up for election during midterms.

Education[edit]

Unified school districts[edit]

Communities[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Stevens County (map legend)

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Townships[edit]

Stevens County is divided into six 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.

Sources: 2000 U.S. Gazetteer from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Banner 04125 164 1 (2) 277 (107) 0 (0) 0% 37°3′41″N 101°11′37″W / 37.06139°N 101.19361°W / 37.06139; -101.19361
Center 12200 4,131 15 (38) 280 (108) 0 (0) 0.02% 37°10′38″N 101°19′7″W / 37.17722°N 101.31861°W / 37.17722; -101.31861
Harmony 30150 143 1 (1) 280 (108) 0 (0) 0% 37°19′22″N 101°26′55″W / 37.32278°N 101.44861°W / 37.32278; -101.44861
Moscow 48625 711 2 (4) 442 (171) 0 (0) 0.09% 37°18′28″N 101°12′12″W / 37.30778°N 101.20333°W / 37.30778; -101.20333
Voorhees 74200 145 0 (1) 349 (135) 0 (0) 0% 37°3′26″N 101°23′16″W / 37.05722°N 101.38778°W / 37.05722; -101.38778
West Center 76800 169 1 (2) 257 (99) 0 (0) 0% 37°11′30″N 101°26′19″W / 37.19167°N 101.43861°W / 37.19167; -101.43861

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This total comprises 214 votes (35.4%) for Progressive Theodore Roosevelt and 37 votes (6.1%) for Socialist Eugene V. Debs.

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Knapp, Tom (2009-04-03). "Stevens to honor Stevens, Town was named for famous legislator, who got it a post office". Intelligencer Journal. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 37°12′N 101°18′W / 37.200°N 101.300°W / 37.200; -101.300