Zurich, Kansas

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Zurich, Kansas
City
Zurich Community Center est 1930
Zurich Community Center est 1930
Location within Rooks County and Kansas
Location within Rooks County and Kansas
KDOT map of Rooks County (legend)
KDOT map of Rooks County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°13′58″N 99°26′5″W / 39.23278°N 99.43472°W / 39.23278; -99.43472Coordinates: 39°13′58″N 99°26′5″W / 39.23278°N 99.43472°W / 39.23278; -99.43472
Country United States
State Kansas
County Rooks
Area[1]
 • Total 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
 • Land 0.17 sq mi (0.44 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,215 ft (675 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 99
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 97
 • Density 580/sq mi (230/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67663
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-81025 [4]
GNIS feature ID 0472436 [5]

Zurich is a city in Rooks County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 99.[6]

History[edit]

Zurich was established on the plains of northwest Kansas in the late 1870s. In 1880, John and Armenda Webb who were born in Zurich (Switzerland) filed a US postal service application using the name of their birthplace, Zurich. The application was granted and Armenda Webb became the first postmistress of Zurich, operating the post office from her home.[7] [8]

Union Pacific Railroad extended a line through western Kansas in 1888. The line was routed just south of Zurich where a train depot was established.[9]

In 1918, fire destroyed most of the Zurich business district when the west side of Main Street caught fire. Three years later, fire claimed the post office, creamery and a store at the North end of Main Street.[10][11][12]

"Zurich It’s Never Idle" was a popular emblem sold in Zurich in the 1920s. The emblem was proudly displayed on car radiators at the time. The slogan was adopted for the 1980 Zurich centennial celebration.[13]

The post office in Zurich was discontinued in 1996.[8]

Geography[edit]

Zurich is located at 39°13′58″N 99°26′5″W / 39.23278°N 99.43472°W / 39.23278; -99.43472 (39.232810, -99.434814).[14] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 186
1960 244 31.2%
1970 189 −22.5%
1980 185 −2.1%
1990 151 −18.4%
2000 126 −16.6%
2010 99 −21.4%
Est. 2016 97 [3] −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 99 people, 46 households, and 24 families residing in the city. The population density was 582.4 inhabitants per square mile (224.9/km2). There were 67 housing units at an average density of 394.1 per square mile (152.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.0% White and 1.0% from two or more races.

There were 46 households of which 19.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.8% were non-families. 39.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 42.8 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 13.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.3% were from 25 to 44; 33.4% were from 45 to 64; and 14.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 126 people, 51 households, and 37 families residing in the city. The population density was 731.6 people per square mile (286.2/km²). There were 60 housing units at an average density of 348.4 per square mile (136.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.21% White and 0.79% African American.

There were 51 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,000, and the median income for a family was $33,125. Males had a median income of $25,313 versus $14,107 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,235. There were 5.7% of families and 4.7% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 11.1% of those over 64.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. 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. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Origin", Plainville Times, 28 August 1980, p.1.
  8. ^ a b "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Gannett, Henry (1898). A Gazetteer of Kansas. Govt. Print. Off. p. 246. 
  10. ^ "Big Fire at Zurich", Plainville Times, 1 August 1918, p.1.
  11. ^ "Destructive Fire at Zurich", Plainville Times, 26 May 1921, p.1.
  12. ^ McClellan, Mrs. Lee. "A History of Logan Township", Plainville Times, 3 August 1961, p.3.
  13. ^ "Zurich Its Never Idle", Plainville Times, 14 February 1980, p.5.
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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