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Elk County (county code EK) is a county located in Southeast Kansasmarker, in the Central United Statesmarker. The population was estimated to be 3,077 in the year 2006. Its county seat and most populous city is Howardmarker.

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, Elk County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 650 square miles (1,684 km²), of which 647 square miles (1,676 km²) is land and 3 square miles (8 km²), or 0.47%, is water.

Adjacent counties



Demographics

Elk County's population was estimated to be 3,077 in the year 2006, a decrease of 150, or -4.6%, over the previous six years.

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 3,261 people, 1,412 households, and 923 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,860 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.06% White, 0.21% Black or African American, 0.95% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.18% of the population.



There were 1,412 households out of which 24.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.60% were non-families. 32.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.50% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 20.00% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 25.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 91.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,267, and the median income for a family was $34,148. Males had a median income of $28,580 versus $16,219 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,066. About 9.20% of families and 13.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.80% of those under age 18 and 15.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns



Incorporated cities

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated places

  • Busby
  • Oak Valley
  • Upola


Townships

Elk County is divided into ten 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.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)

Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Elk Falls 20325 196 1 (3) 152 (59) 0 (0) 0.19%
Greenfield 28550 321 2 (5) 171 (66) 1 (0) 0.62%
Howard 33275 Howardmarker 1,006 6 (16) 166 (64) 1 (1) 0.86%
Liberty 40025 117 1 (2) 154 (59) 0 (0) 0.19%
Longton 42675 530 5 (12) 116 (45) 0 (0) 0.11%
Oak Valley 51950 154 1 (3) 116 (45) 0 (0) 0.24%
Painterhood 54075 68 0 (1) 154 (59) 1 (0) 0.37%
Paw Paw 54925 116 1 (2) 141 (54) 0 (0) 0.24%
Union Center 72500 116 0 (1) 371 (143) 2 (1) 0.46%
Wildcat 79150 637 5 (12) 135 (52) 2 (1) 1.35%
Sources:


Education

Unified school districts

  • West Elk USD 282
  • Elk Valley USD 283


See also

References



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