Trego County, Kansas

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Trego County, Kansas
County
Trego County fairgrounds exhibit bldg from SW 1.JPG
Map of Kansas highlighting Trego County
Location in the U.S. state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded June 21, 1879
Named for Edgar Poe Trego[1]
Seat WaKeeney
Largest city WaKeeney
Area
 • Total 900 sq mi (2,331 km2)
 • Land 889 sq mi (2,302 km2)
 • Water 10 sq mi (26 km2), 1.1%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 2,872
 • Density 3.4/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website TregoCountyKS.com

Trego County (standard abbreviation: TR) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 3,001.[2] Its county seat and largest city is WaKeeney.[3]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century[edit]

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1879, Trego County was established.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 900 square miles (2,300 km2), of which 889 square miles (2,300 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (1.1%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 166
1880 2,535 1,427.1%
1890 2,535 0.0%
1900 2,722 7.4%
1910 5,398 98.3%
1920 5,880 8.9%
1930 6,470 10.0%
1940 5,822 −10.0%
1950 5,868 0.8%
1960 5,473 −6.7%
1970 4,436 −18.9%
1980 4,165 −6.1%
1990 3,694 −11.3%
2000 3,319 −10.2%
2010 3,001 −9.6%
Est. 2016 2,872 [5] −4.3%
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 3,319 people, 1,412 households, and 936 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,723 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.77% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,412 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 31.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 24.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 91.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,677, and the median income for a family was $40,524. Males had a median income of $26,545 versus $16,927 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,239. About 11.20% of families and 12.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.10% of those under age 18 and 12.00% of those age 65 or over.

Law and government[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 82.8% 1,227 13.4% 198 3.9% 57
2012 79.9% 1,261 18.4% 291 1.7% 27
2008 73.3% 1,225 25.1% 420 1.6% 26
2004 72.7% 1,225 25.7% 434 1.6% 27
2000 66.4% 1,220 28.1% 516 5.5% 101
1996 61.1% 1,205 27.8% 548 11.1% 219
1992 38.0% 727 31.8% 608 30.2% 577
1988 53.5% 979 43.4% 795 3.1% 57
1984 70.4% 1,491 28.2% 598 1.4% 29
1980 65.4% 1,340 25.5% 523 9.0% 185
1976 49.6% 1,025 48.5% 1,003 1.9% 40
1972 66.9% 1,369 30.4% 621 2.7% 56
1968 58.7% 1,211 30.2% 623 11.1% 230
1964 45.1% 974 54.4% 1,177 0.5% 11
1960 61.8% 1,426 37.9% 875 0.4% 8
1956 69.4% 1,668 30.2% 726 0.4% 9
1952 75.6% 1,915 24.0% 608 0.4% 10
1948 51.8% 1,237 46.8% 1,117 1.4% 33
1944 62.0% 1,459 37.5% 883 0.5% 12
1940 57.6% 1,571 41.8% 1,140 0.6% 17
1936 36.0% 1,012 63.4% 1,783 0.6% 16
1932 33.8% 918 64.4% 1,751 1.8% 50
1928 57.7% 1,359 41.7% 982 0.6% 13
1924 58.1% 1,121 20.7% 399 21.2% 408
1920 75.0% 1,299 22.8% 395 2.1% 37
1916 42.1% 867 53.1% 1,094 4.9% 100
1912 14.3% 160 40.2% 449 45.4% 507[a]
1908 54.8% 617 40.6% 458 4.6% 52
1904 60.8% 526 30.5% 264 8.7% 75
1900 48.4% 360 48.5% 361 3.1% 23
1896 42.7% 256 56.8% 340 0.5% 3
1892 50.5% 309 49.5% 303
1888 63.9% 477 29.5% 220 6.7% 50

Trego County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30 percent food sales requirement.[12]

Education[edit]

Unified school districts[edit]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Trego County is divided into seven 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
Collyer 14925 368 1 (2) 517 (200) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°0′31″N 100°3′55″W / 39.00861°N 100.06528°W / 39.00861; -100.06528
Franklin 24500 60 0 (1) 259 (100) 0 (0) 0% 38°45′42″N 100°4′10″W / 38.76167°N 100.06944°W / 38.76167; -100.06944
Glencoe 26425 70 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 38°55′40″N 99°38′30″W / 38.92778°N 99.64167°W / 38.92778; -99.64167
Ogallah 52250 214 1 (1) 373 (144) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°0′31″N 99°41′49″W / 39.00861°N 99.69694°W / 39.00861; -99.69694
Riverside 60150 117 0 (1) 296 (114) 15 (6) 4.95% 38°47′32″N 99°42′41″W / 38.79222°N 99.71139°W / 38.79222; -99.71139
WaKeeney 74475 2,398 5 (13) 465 (179) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°0′41″N 99°52′36″W / 39.01139°N 99.87667°W / 39.01139; -99.87667
Wilcox 79137 92 0 (1) 298 (115) 12 (5) 3.85% 38°47′25″N 99°52′37″W / 38.79028°N 99.87694°W / 38.79028; -99.87694

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This total comprises 417 votes (37.4%) for Progressive Theodore Roosevelt and 90 votes (8.1%) for Socialist Eugene V. Debs.

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welcome to Trego County Economic Development". Trego County, Kansas. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. 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. 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. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  12. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 

External links[edit]

County
Maps

Coordinates: 38°55′N 99°53′W / 38.917°N 99.883°W / 38.917; -99.883