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Oakley, Kansas
—  City  —
Stockyard on the edge of Oakley
Location of Oakley, Kansas
Detailed map of Oakley
Coordinates: 39°7′41″N 100°51′16″W / 39.12806°N 100.85444°W / 39.12806; -100.85444
Country United States
State Kansas
Counties Logan, Thomas, Gove
 - Total 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 - Land 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,064 ft (934 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,173
 - Density 1,149.9/sq mi (444.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67748
Area code(s) 785
FIPS code 20-51825[1]
GNIS feature ID 0485446[2]

Oakley is a city in Gove, Logan, and Thomas counties in the U.S. state of Kansas. The population was 2,173 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Logan County.[3]



Oakley is located at 39°7′41″N 100°51′16″W / 39.12806°N 100.85444°W / 39.12806; -100.85444 (39.128023, -100.854490)[4] on the High Plains in northwestern Kansas.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,173 people, 904 households, and 603 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,149.9 people per square mile (443.9/km²). There were 1,009 housing units at an average density of 533.9/sq mi (206.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.59% White, 0.55% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.46% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 904 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,781, and the median income for a family was $41,066. Males had a median income of $30,179 versus $19,886 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,882. About 3.1% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.


Oakley public schools are organized under Unified School District #274, Oakley/Monument. Oakley also has a Catholic grade school operated by St. Joseph Parish. The mascot of Oakley High School is the Plainsman. The school's teams compete in football, golf, volleyball, track, cross country, basketball, and wrestling.


Oakley has a weekly newspaper, The Oakley Graphic, published since 1889.[5]

In popular culture

The Palace Theatre in Oakley has been featured in People magazine and ABC World News after the establishment reopened in 2003 after being forced to close indefinitely two years prior. It is a community run theatre and is managed by senior students in the Oakley High School entrepreneurship class.[6]

See the ABC World News video here[7]

The 2006 CBS television series Jericho is about a fictional small town in northwest Kansas that must cope with the aftermath of nuclear attacks on major American cities. The vast distance of this region from major metropolitan areas isolate Jericho from the brunt of nuclear attack. The fictional town of Jericho shares many similarities with Oakley, which is about 70 miles from the Colorado/Kansas border. Oakley and Jericho also share the same intersection points of Interstate 70, U.S. Route 83, and U.S. Route 40. Approximately 70 Jericho fans met in Oakley on September 14-16, 2007 for the first Jericho convention, Jerichon 2007. A second Jerichon was held Memorial Day weekend 2008.[8] Although fewer fans attended, set designer Mike Loomer made an appearance. A third Jerichon is being discussed.


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