Waldo Township, Russell County, Kansas

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Waldo Township
Location of Waldo Township in Russell County
Location of Waldo Township in Russell County
Coordinates: 39°03′00″N 98°45′46″W / 39.05000°N 98.76278°W / 39.05000; -98.76278Coordinates: 39°03′00″N 98°45′46″W / 39.05000°N 98.76278°W / 39.05000; -98.76278
Country United States
State Kansas
County Russell
Established 1904
 • Total 72.04 sq mi (186.6 km2)
 • Land 71.90 sq mi (186.2 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.4 km2)  0.19%
Elevation 1,785 ft (544 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 78
 • Density 1.1/sq mi (0.42/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67626, 67648, 67649, 67665, 67673
Area code(s) 785
GNIS feature ID 472463[2]

Waldo Township is a township in Russell County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 78.[1]


Waldo Township was organized from part of Fairview Township in 1904.[3]


The center of Waldo Township is located at 39°03′00″N 98°45′46″W / 39.05000°N 98.76278°W / 39.05000; -98.76278 (39.0500113, -98.7628561) at an elevation of 1,785 feet (544 m).[2] The township lies in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains.[4] The Saline River flows windingly east through the far southern part of the township. One of its tributaries, Paradise Creek, flows southeast through the southwestern part of the township to its confluence with the Saline. One of Paradise Creek's tributaries, Boswell Creek, runs east through the same area to its confluence with the creek. Another Saline tributary, Wolf Creek, flows southeast through the township's northeastern corner, met by its West Fork which runs generally east across the northern part of the township.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Waldo Township occupies an area of 72.04 square miles (186.6 km²) of which 71.90 square miles (186.2 km²) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.4 km²) is water. Located in north-central Russell County, it includes the city of Waldo, which is located in the northwestern corner of the township, and it borders Osborne County's Valley and Jackson Townships to the north, Luray Township to the east, Center and Russell Townships to the south, and Paradise Township to the west.[6]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 804
1920 777 −3.4%
1930 704 −9.4%
1940 575 −18.3%
1950 461 −19.8%
1960 358 −22.3%
1970 232 −35.2%
1980 177 −23.7%
1990 128 −27.7%
2000 108 −15.6%
2010 78 −27.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 census, there were 78 people, 36 households, and 21 families residing in the township. The population density was 1.1 people per square mile (0.4/km²). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 1.1 per square mile (0.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.7% White and 1.3% American Indian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.0% of the population.[1]

There were 36 households out of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, 2.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 27.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17, and the average family size was 2.86.[1]

In the township, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 2.5% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 24.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 116.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.9 males age 18 and over.[1]


The majority of the township is split between Unified School District (USD) 399, based in Natoma, Kansas, in the west and USD 299, based in Sylvan Grove, Kansas, in the east.[7][8][9] Portions of southern Waldo Township lie in USD 407, based in Russell.[9]


U.S. Route 281 and Kansas Highway 18 (K-18) run concurrently east–west through the township's far northern portion, connecting to a network of mostly unpaved county roads laid out in a rough grid. A paved road, Bunker Hill-Luray Road, runs north–south through the southeastern part of the township, then turns east and exits 4 miles south of K-18.[10][11]