Stafford County, Kansas

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Stafford County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Stafford County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded1879
SeatSt. John
Largest cityStafford
Area
 • Total794.72 sq mi (2,058 km2)
 • Land792.05 sq mi (2,051 km2)
 • Water2.67 sq mi (7 km2), 0.34%
Population
 • (2010)4,437
 • Density5.7/sq mi (2.2/km²)
Congressional district4th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitestaffordcounty.org
 
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Stafford County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Stafford County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded1879
SeatSt. John
Largest cityStafford
Area
 • Total794.72 sq mi (2,058 km2)
 • Land792.05 sq mi (2,051 km2)
 • Water2.67 sq mi (7 km2), 0.34%
Population
 • (2010)4,437
 • Density5.7/sq mi (2.2/km²)
Congressional district4th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitestaffordcounty.org

Coordinates: 38°04′N 98°43′W / 38.067°N 98.717°W / 38.067; -98.717

Stafford County (standard abbreviation: SF) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 4,437.[1] Its county seat is St. John.[2] The county is named in memory of Lewis Stafford, captain of Company E, First Kansas Infantry, who was killed at the Battle of Young's Point, Madison Parrish, Louisiana, June 7, 1863.[3]

History[edit]

19th century[edit]

The boundaries of Stafford County were defined by the Kansas Legislature of 1870 but for several years, the county remained unorganized. The Legislature of 1875, with the intention of obliterating the county from the map, gave the territory in Stafford County to other counties. They gave the portion in Range 15 West to Pawnee County; the portion included in Ranges 11, 12, 13 and 14 to Barton County; and the south half of the county, excepting the portion in Range 15, was added to Pratt County. But after each of the counties had taken its part, a strip six miles wide and twelve miles long (two townships) remained as Stafford County. This was the condition of the county until April 25, 1879, when, by a decision of the Supreme Court, the act of the Legislature dividing the county was declared unconstitutional and the county was restored to its original boundaries.[4]

Law and government[edit]

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Stafford County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 794.72 square miles (2,058.3 km2), of which 792.05 square miles (2,051.4 km2) (or 99.66%) is land and 2.67 square miles (6.9 km2) (or 0.34%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18804,755
18907,52058.1%
19009,82930.7%
191012,51027.3%
192011,559−7.6%
193010,460−9.5%
194010,4870.3%
19508,816−15.9%
19607,451−15.5%
19705,943−20.2%
19805,694−4.2%
19905,365−5.8%
20004,789−10.7%
20104,437−7.4%
Est. 20124,358[7]−1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Age pyramid

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 4,789 people, 2,010 households, and 1,294 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 2,458 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.97% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 2.97% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. 5.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,010 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.60% were non-families. 33.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.20% 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 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,107, and the median income for a family was $38,235. Males had a median income of $27,328 versus $21,063 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,409. About 8.70% of families and 11.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated cities[edit]

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Townships[edit]

Stafford County is divided into twenty-one 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.
TownshipFIPSPopulation
center
PopulationPopulation
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water %Geographic coordinates
Albano00800561 (2)94 (36)0 (0)0%37°52′43″N 98°51′43″W / 37.87861°N 98.86194°W / 37.87861; -98.86194
Byron09825801 (2)94 (36)0 (0)0.07%38°12′50″N 98°38′7″W / 38.21389°N 98.63528°W / 38.21389; -98.63528
Clear Creek13825360 (1)93 (36)0 (0)0%37°50′57″N 98°57′31″W / 37.84917°N 98.95861°W / 37.84917; -98.95861
Cleveland14125681 (2)93 (36)0 (0)0.04%38°2′11″N 98°52′2″W / 38.03639°N 98.86722°W / 38.03639; -98.86722
Douglas183751381 (4)93 (36)0 (0)0%38°8′16″N 98°52′2″W / 38.13778°N 98.86722°W / 38.13778; -98.86722
East Cooper19350901 (3)92 (36)1 (0)0.75%38°2′43″N 98°31′6″W / 38.04528°N 98.51833°W / 38.04528; -98.51833
Fairview22675981 (3)93 (36)0 (0)0%37°56′52″N 98°31′4″W / 37.94778°N 98.51778°W / 37.94778; -98.51778
Farmington232505916 (16)93 (36)0 (0)0%37°57′30″N 98°58′2″W / 37.95833°N 98.96722°W / 37.95833; -98.96722
Hayes310252122 (6)93 (36)0 (0)0%38°7′20″N 98°38′49″W / 38.12222°N 98.64694°W / 38.12222; -98.64694
Lincoln412251131 (3)93 (36)0 (0)0.02%38°12′38″N 98°52′2″W / 38.21056°N 98.86722°W / 38.21056; -98.86722
North Seward513751862 (5)93 (36)0 (0)0.03%38°12′36″N 98°45′27″W / 38.21000°N 98.75750°W / 38.21000; -98.75750
Ohio524754094 (11)95 (36)0 (0)0%37°58′40″N 98°45′7″W / 37.97778°N 98.75194°W / 37.97778; -98.75194
Putnam58050190 (0)182 (70)5 (2)2.91%38°10′26″N 98°31′51″W / 38.17389°N 98.53083°W / 38.17389; -98.53083
Richland59650701 (2)94 (36)0 (0)0%37°57′49″N 98°51′12″W / 37.96361°N 98.85333°W / 37.96361; -98.85333
Rose Valley61300741 (2)94 (36)0 (0)0%37°51′41″N 98°44′19″W / 37.86139°N 98.73861°W / 37.86139; -98.73861
St. John623001,03711 (29)94 (36)0 (0)0.07%38°0′58″N 98°45′21″W / 38.01611°N 98.75583°W / 38.01611; -98.75583
South Seward66975551 (2)93 (36)0 (0)0.09%38°8′11″N 98°44′36″W / 38.13639°N 98.74333°W / 38.13639; -98.74333
Stafford678001,29114 (36)93 (36)0 (0)0%37°57′40″N 98°36′50″W / 37.96111°N 98.61389°W / 37.96111; -98.61389
Union72450410 (1)93 (36)0 (0)0.09%37°52′31″N 98°37′40″W / 37.87528°N 98.62778°W / 37.87528; -98.62778
West Cooper76875641 (2)93 (36)0 (0)0.14%38°2′37″N 98°38′9″W / 38.04361°N 98.63583°W / 38.04361; -98.63583
York80800611 (2)93 (36)0 (0)0.27%37°52′14″N 98°31′9″W / 37.87056°N 98.51917°W / 37.87056; -98.51917

Education[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Stafford County (map legend)

Unified school districts[edit]

See also[edit]

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 County Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ A History of Stafford County, Frank A. Steele, 1982
  4. ^ Stafford County, Kansas 1870-1990, Stafford County Historical & Genealogical Society, 1990, p.5
  5. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  6. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  7. ^ U.S. County 2012 Estimated Census; census.gov
  8. ^ U.S. Decennial Census; census.gov
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

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Stafford County local history and genealogy
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