Stevens County, Kansas

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Stevens County, Kansas
StevensCoCH.jpg
Stevens County Court House in Hugoton
Map of Kansas highlighting Stevens County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded August 3, 1886
Named for Thaddeus Stevens1
Seat Hugoton
Largest city Hugoton
Area
 • Total 727.71 sq mi (1,885 km2)
 • Land 727.53 sq mi (1,884 km2)
 • Water 0.18 sq mi (0 km2), 0.02%
Population
 • (2010) 5,724
 • Density 7.4/sq mi (2.9/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website stevenscoks.org

Coordinates: 37°12′N 101°18′W / 37.200°N 101.300°W / 37.200; -101.300

Stevens County (standard abbreviation: SV) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 5,724.2 Its county seat is Hugoton.3 The county is named for the Reconstruction era Pennsylvania politician Thaddeus Stevens.1

History

19th century

On July 25, 1888, the Hay Meadow Massacre was a violent county seat fight between groups from Hugoton and Woodsdale, where 4 men were murdered.

Law and government

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Stevens County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.4

Geography

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 727.71 square miles (1,884.8 km2), of which 727.53 square miles (1,884.3 km2) (or 99.98%) is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) (or 0.02%) is water.5

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 12
1890 1,418 11,716.7%
1900 620 −56.3%
1910 2,453 295.6%
1920 3,943 60.7%
1930 4,655 18.1%
1940 3,193 −31.4%
1950 4,516 41.4%
1960 4,400 −2.6%
1970 4,198 −4.6%
1980 4,736 12.8%
1990 5,048 6.6%
2000 5,463 8.2%
2010 5,724 4.8%
Est. 2012 5,756 6 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census7
Age pyramid

As of the census8 of 2000, there were 5,463 people, 1,988 households, and 1,457 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,265 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.01% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.93% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 13.25% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. 21.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,988 households out of which 38.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.10% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.20% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,830, and the median income for a family was $49,063. Males had a median income of $36,525 versus $22,803 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,814. About 8.30% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.10% of those under age 18 and 4.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Incorporated cities

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated community

Townships

Stevens County is divided into six townships. None of the cities within the county are considered governmentally independent, and all figures for the townships include those of the cities. 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.

Sources: 2000 U.S. Gazetteer from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Banner 04125 164 1 (2) 277 (107) 0 (0) 0% 37°3′41″N 101°11′37″W / 37.06139°N 101.19361°W / 37.06139; -101.19361
Center 12200 4,131 15 (38) 280 (108) 0 (0) 0.02% 37°10′38″N 101°19′7″W / 37.17722°N 101.31861°W / 37.17722; -101.31861
Harmony 30150 143 1 (1) 280 (108) 0 (0) 0% 37°19′22″N 101°26′55″W / 37.32278°N 101.44861°W / 37.32278; -101.44861
Moscow 48625 711 2 (4) 442 (171) 0 (0) 0.09% 37°18′28″N 101°12′12″W / 37.30778°N 101.20333°W / 37.30778; -101.20333
Voorhees 74200 145 0 (1) 349 (135) 0 (0) 0% 37°3′26″N 101°23′16″W / 37.05722°N 101.38778°W / 37.05722; -101.38778
West Center 76800 169 1 (2) 257 (99) 0 (0) 0% 37°11′30″N 101°26′19″W / 37.19167°N 101.43861°W / 37.19167; -101.43861

Education

2005 KDOT Map of Stevens County (map legend)

Unified school districts

See also

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas

References

  1. ^ a b Knapp, Tom (2009-04-03). "Stevens to honor Stevens, Town was named for famous legislator, who got it a post office". Intelligencer Journal. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  2. ^ "2010 County Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ U.S. County 2012 Estimated Census; census.gov
  7. ^ U.S. Decennial Census; census.gov
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading

External links

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