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Barton County (county code BT) is a county located in Central Kansasmarker, in the Central United Statesmarker. The population was 28,205 at the 2000 census, and it was estimated to be in the year . Its county seat and most populous city is Great Bendmarker. The county is named in honor of Clara Barton, responsible for the founding of the American Red Cross.

The Great Bend Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Barton County.

Law and government

Barton County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement. The food sales requirement was removed with voter approval in 2004.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 900 square miles (2,332 km²), of which 894 square miles (2,315 km²) is land and 6 square miles (17 km²), or 0.72%, is water. The geographic center of Kansasmarker is located in Barton County.

Adjacent counties



Major highways

Sources: National Atlas, U.S. Census Bureau

Demographics

Barton County's population was estimated to be in the year , .

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 28,205 people, 11,393 households, and 7,530 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 12,888 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.98% White, 1.15% Black or African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.51% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.31% of the population.



There were 11,393 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,176, and the median income for a family was $39,929. Males had a median income of $28,803 versus $20,428 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,695. About 9.90% of families and 12.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.00% of those under age 18 and 10.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns



Incorporated cities

Name and population ( estimate):

Unincorporated places

  • Boyd
  • Dent Spur
  • Dundee
  • Heizer
  • Hitschmann
  • Odin
  • Redwingmarker
  • Stickney


Townships

Barton County is divided into twenty-two townships. The cities of Ellinwoodmarker, Great Bendmarker, and Hoisingtonmarker are considered governmentally independent and are 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
Albion 00850 58 1 (2) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.05%
Beaver 04975 108 1 (3) 95 (37) 0 (0) 0.05%
Buffalo 09075 490 6 (14) 88 (34) 0 (0) 0.12%
Cheyenne 13025 238 1 (4) 174 (67) 13 (5) 6.80%
Clarence 13475 125 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 %
Cleveland 14025 69 1 (2) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.12%
Comanche 15125 452 3 (7) 167 (64) 0 (0) 0.11%
Eureka 21750 116 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.24%
Fairview 22400 Galatiamarker 129 1 (4) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.03%
Grant 27475 79 1 (2) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.10%
Great Bend 28325 1,839 18 (46) 104 (40) 1 (0) 0.50%
Independent 33975 Claflinmarker 844 9 (24) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.04%
Lakin 38125 299 2 (4) 172 (67) 0 (0) 0.23%
Liberty 39875 321 4 (9) 88 (34) 0 (0) 0.21%
Logan 41750 176 2 (5) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.06%
North Homestead 51200 133 1 (4) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.06%
Pawnee Rock 54900 Pawnee Rockmarker 544 6 (15) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.05%
South Bend 66525 682 7 (19) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.17%
South Homestead 66725 343 4 (10) 90 (35) 1 (0) 1.23%
Union 72025 Susankmarker 128 1 (4) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.20%
Walnut 74825 Albertmarker, Olmitzmarker 474 5 (13) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 %
Wheatland 77600 74 1 (2) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.14%
Sources:


Education

Unified school districts

  • Claflin USD 354
  • Ellinwood USD 355
  • Great Bend USD 428
  • Hoisington USD 431
  • Otis-Bison USD 403 (Rush County)


Community colleges

  • Barton Community College


See also

References



External links

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