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Decatur County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Decatur County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Seat Oberlin
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

894 sq mi (2,316 km²)
894 sq mi (2,314 km²)
1 sq mi (2 km²), 0.07%
PopulationEst.
 - (2006)
 - Density

3,120
3.5/sq mi (1.3/km²)
Founded March 20, 1873
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Decatur County (county code DC) is a county located in Northwest Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was estimated to be 3,120 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Oberlin.[2] The county is named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr.

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History

The county was established March 20, 1873 and organized on December 15, 1879. It is named for the Navy war hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr., who served during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Oberlin was the site of the last Native American (specifically the Northern Cheyenne) Raid in Kansas.

Law and government

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 2002, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 894 square miles (2,316 km²), of which 894 square miles (2,314 km²) is land and 1 square miles (2 km²), or 0.07%, is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 4,180
1890 8,414 101.3%
1900 9,234 9.7%
1910 8,976 −2.8%
1920 8,121 −9.5%
1930 8,866 9.2%
1940 7,434 −16.2%
1950 6,185 −16.8%
1960 5,778 −6.6%
1970 4,988 −13.7%
1980 4,509 −9.6%
1990 4,021 −10.8%
2000 3,472 −13.7%

Decatur County's population was estimated to be 3,120 in the year 2006, a decrease of 341, or -9.9%, over the previous six years.[1]

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[4] there were 3,472 people, 1,494 households, and 981 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,821 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.87% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 1,494 households out of which 25.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.30% were non-families. 32.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 4.70% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 26.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,257, and the median income for a family was $34,982. Males had a median income of $25,139 versus $17,368 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,348. About 8.00% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 6.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Map of Decatur County (map legend)

Incorporated cities

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated places

  • Allison
  • Cedar Bluffs
  • Kanona
  • Leoville
  • Lyle
  • Traer

Townships

Decatur County is divided into twenty-five townships. The city of Oberlin is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. 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.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Allison 01300 39 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°35′36″N 100°12′24″W / 39.59333°N 100.20667°W / 39.59333; -100.20667
Altory 01650 16 0 (0) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°47′22″N 100°21′15″W / 39.78944°N 100.35417°W / 39.78944; -100.35417
Bassettville 04475 26 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°41′12″N 100°40′38″W / 39.68667°N 100.67722°W / 39.68667; -100.67722
Beaver 05050 86 1 (2) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.11% 39°58′42″N 100°34′2″W / 39.97833°N 100.56722°W / 39.97833; -100.56722
Center 11650 60 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°47′5″N 100°27′38″W / 39.78472°N 100.46056°W / 39.78472; -100.46056
Cook 15375 44 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.08% 39°36′16″N 100°40′32″W / 39.60444°N 100.67556°W / 39.60444; -100.67556
Custer 16850 27 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°41′17″N 100°26′59″W / 39.68806°N 100.44972°W / 39.68806; -100.44972
Dresden 18625 141 2 (4) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°36′39″N 100°27′5″W / 39.61083°N 100.45139°W / 39.61083; -100.45139
Finley 23425 39 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°57′42″N 100°41′20″W / 39.96167°N 100.68889°W / 39.96167; -100.68889
Garfield 25525 41 0 (1) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°46′38″N 100°14′44″W / 39.77722°N 100.24556°W / 39.77722; -100.24556
Grant 27600 31 0 (1) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.07% 39°57′36″N 100°14′11″W / 39.96°N 100.23639°W / 39.96; -100.23639
Harlan 30050 51 1 (1) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°56′50″N 100°20′56″W / 39.94722°N 100.34889°W / 39.94722; -100.34889
Jennings 35400 173 2 (5) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.34% 39°40′35″N 100°18′56″W / 39.67639°N 100.31556°W / 39.67639; -100.31556
Liberty 39975 48 1 (1) 91 (35) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°53′2″N 100°33′31″W / 39.88389°N 100.55861°W / 39.88389; -100.55861
Lincoln 40600 203 2 (6) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°50′58″N 100°12′21″W / 39.84944°N 100.20583°W / 39.84944; -100.20583
Logan 41825 52 1 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°52′38″N 100°42′42″W / 39.87722°N 100.71167°W / 39.87722; -100.71167
Lyon 43450 24 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°36′52″N 100°21′8″W / 39.61444°N 100.35222°W / 39.61444; -100.35222
Oberlin 52025 91 1 (3) 89 (34) 0 (0) 0.08% 39°47′32″N 100°34′20″W / 39.79222°N 100.57222°W / 39.79222; -100.57222
Olive 52675 68 1 (2) 92 (35) 1 (0) 0.65% 39°51′43″N 100°28′18″W / 39.86194°N 100.47167°W / 39.86194; -100.47167
Pleasant Valley 56525 46 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°41′53″N 100°13′59″W / 39.69806°N 100.23306°W / 39.69806; -100.23306
Prairie Dog 57475 50 1 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°36′33″N 100°33′49″W / 39.60917°N 100.56361°W / 39.60917; -100.56361
Roosevelt 61025 32 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.07% 39°53′1″N 100°21′43″W / 39.88361°N 100.36194°W / 39.88361; -100.36194
Sappa 63050 43 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°45′57″N 100°41′48″W / 39.76583°N 100.69667°W / 39.76583; -100.69667
Sherman 64900 25 0 (1) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°57′5″N 100°28′7″W / 39.95139°N 100.46861°W / 39.95139; -100.46861
Summit 69075 22 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.09% 39°41′27″N 100°34′37″W / 39.69083°N 100.57694°W / 39.69083; -100.57694
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/places2k.html.  

Education

Unified school districts

  • Oberlin USD 294: DCHS (Decatur Community High School) OES (Oberlin Elementary School) Oberlin was going to have a Community College, however, this proposal was voted against and the college went to Colby, where it is now Colby Community College.

See also

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas

References

  1. ^ a b "Population Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php.   Annual estimates of the population to 2006-07-01. Released 2007-03-22. Six year change is from 2000-07-01 to 2006-07-01.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. http://www.ksrevenue.org/abcwetdrymap.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-26.  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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Decatur County, Kansas
Map
File:Map of Kansas highlighting Decatur County.png
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the USA highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded March 20, 1873
Seat Oberlin
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.07%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2006)
 - Density

3120
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5

Decatur County (county code DC) is a county located in Northwest Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was estimated to be 3,120 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Oberlin. The county is named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr.

Contents

History

The county was established March 20, 1873 and organized on December 15, 1879. It is named for the Navy war hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr., who served during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Oberlin was the site of the last Native American (specifically the Northern Cheyenne) Raid in Kansas.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,316 km² (894 sq mi), of which 2,314 km² (894 sq mi) is land and 2 km² (1 sq mi), or 0.07%, is water.GR2

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Decatur County's population was estimated to be 3,120 in the year 2006, a decrease of 341, or -9.9%, over the previous six years.[1]

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,GR2 there were 3,472 people, 1,494 households, and 981 families residing in the county. The population density was 2/km² (4/sq mi). There were 1,821 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (2/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.87% White, 0.52% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 1,494 households out of which 25.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 5.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.30% were non-families. 32.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 4.70% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 26.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,257, and the median income for a family was $34,982. Males had a median income of $25,139 versus $17,368 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,348. About 8.00% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 6.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Map of Decatur County (map legend)

Incorporated cities

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated places

  • Allison
  • Cedar Bluffs
  • Kanona
  • Leoville
  • Lyle
  • Traer

Townships

Decatur County is divided into twenty-five townships. The city of Oberlin is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. 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.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Allison 01300 39 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°35′36″N, 100°12′24″W
Altory 01650 16 0 (0) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°47′22″N, 100°21′15″W
Bassettville 04475 26 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°41′12″N, 100°40′38″W
Beaver 05050 86 1 (2) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.11% 39°58′42″N, 100°34′2″W
Center 11650 60 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°47′5″N, 100°27′38″W
Cook 15375 44 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.08% 39°36′16″N, 100°40′32″W
Custer 16850 27 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°41′17″N, 100°26′59″W
Dresden 18625 141 2 (4) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°36′39″N, 100°27′5″W
Finley 23425 39 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°57′42″N, 100°41′20″W
Garfield 25525 41 0 (1) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°46′38″N, 100°14′44″W
Grant 27600 31 0 (1) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.07% 39°57′36″N, 100°14′11″W
Harlan 30050 51 1 (1) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°56′50″N, 100°20′56″W
Jennings 35400 173 2 (5) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.34% 39°40′35″N, 100°18′56″W
Liberty 39975 48 1 (1) 91 (35) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°53′2″N, 100°33′31″W
Lincoln 40600 203 2 (6) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°50′58″N, 100°12′21″W
Logan 41825 52 1 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°52′38″N, 100°42′42″W
Lyon 43450 24 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 % 39°36′52″N, 100°21′8″W
Oberlin 52025 91 1 (3) 89 (34) 0 (0) 0.08% 39°47′32″N, 100°34′20″W
Olive 52675 68 1 (2) 92 (35) 1 (0) 0.65% 39°51′43″N, 100°28′18″W
Pleasant Valley 56525 46 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°41′53″N, 100°13′59″W
Prairie Dog 57475 50 1 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°36′33″N, 100°33′49″W
Roosevelt 61025 32 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.07% 39°53′1″N, 100°21′43″W
Sappa 63050 43 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°45′57″N, 100°41′48″W
Sherman 64900 25 0 (1) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°57′5″N, 100°28′7″W
Summit 69075 22 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.09% 39°41′27″N, 100°34′37″W
Sources: Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files. U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division.

Education

Unified school districts

  • Oberlin USD 294: DCHS (Decatur Community High School) OES (Oberlin Elementary School) Oberlin was going to have a Community College, however, this proposal was voted against and the college went to Colby, where it is now Colby Community College.

See also

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas

  • List of cities in Kansas
  • List of unified school districts in Kansas
  • List of colleges and universities in Kansas

References

See also: Geographic references and United States Census, 2000
  1. ^ a b Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Annual estimates of the population to 2006-07-01.

External links

Additional information

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