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Sabetha, Kansas
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Location of Sabetha, Kansas
Coordinates: 39°54′11″N 95°47′58″W / 39.90306°N 95.79944°W / 39.90306; -95.79944
Country United States
State Kansas
Counties Brown, Nemaha
Area
 - Total 3.2 sq mi (8.4 km2)
 - Land 3.2 sq mi (8.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,319 ft (402 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,589
 - Density 798.8/sq mi (308.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 66534
Area code(s) 785
FIPS code 20-62025[1]
GNIS feature ID 0472756[2]

Sabetha is a city in Brown and Nemaha counties in the U.S. state of Kansas. The population was 2,589 at the 2000 census. The current city mayor is Doug Clark.

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History

On the evening of June 13, 1998, a tornado damaged much of the downtown, which led to the demolition of the City Hall building. No casualties were reported. The downtown area received little warning as the tornado struck less than 1 minute after the tornado siren began to sound. The siren, located atop the city hall was cut off when it was tossed off the roof of the city hall by the tornado.

Geography

Sabetha is located at 39°54′11″N 95°47′58″W / 39.90306°N 95.79944°W / 39.90306; -95.79944 (39.903109, -95.799408)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,589 people, 958 households, and 611 families residing in the city. The population density was 798.8 people per square mile (308.5/km²). There were 1,049 housing units at an average density of 323.6/sq mi (125.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.76% White, 0.93% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

There were 958 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 30.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 85.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,450, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $31,958 versus $21,458 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,126. About 3.7% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Sabetha has more jobs than residents, due in part to the large Wenger Manufacturing plant that produces extruders and related equipment. MAC Equipment is also a large employer in the area, manufacturing bulk material handling and air filtration equipment. The city managers estimate that the city has a poll factor of 2 to 1, meaning that the city has nearly 5000 jobs, while only having 2500 residents. Many of the small neighboring communities such as Morrill,Oneida, Berwick, Bern, Fairview, and Wetmore are bedroom communities for the many people who commute to work in Sabetha. Because of a strong job base and large industries, Sabetha is one of the few towns in northeast Kansas that is not shrinking in population.

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