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Ford County (county code FO) is located in southwest Kansasmarker, in the Central United Statesmarker. In 2006, the county's population was estimated to be 33,783. Its county seat and most populous city is Dodge Citymarker. The county is named in honor of Colonel James Hobart Ford. For a brief time during the Civil War he served as a brevet Major General. Ford was in charge of the construction of Fort Dodge, Kansasmarker, after the Civil War.

The Dodge City Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Ford County.

Law and government

Ford 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.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,099 square miles (2,847 km²), of which 1,098 square miles (2,845 km²) is land and 1 square miles (2 km²), or 0.07%, is water.

Adjacent counties



Demographics

Ford County's population was estimated to be 33,783 in the year 2006, an increase of 1183, or +3.6%, over the previous six years.

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 32,458 people, 10,852 households, and 7,856 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 11,650 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.85% White, 1.62% Black or African American, 0.63% Native American, 2.05% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 18.17% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 37.68% of the population.



There were 10,852 households out of which 40.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the county the population was spread out with 31.10% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 17.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 107.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,860, and the median income for a family was $42,734. Males had a median income of $27,189 versus $22,165 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,721. About 9.90% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns



Incorporated cities

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated places

  • Bellefont
  • Bloommarker
  • Ft. Dodge
  • Howell
  • Kingsdown
  • Wilroads
  • Wilroads Gardens
  • Windthorst
  • Wright


Townships

Ford County is divided into fourteen townships. The city of Dodge Citymarker is considered governmentally independent and is 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
Bloom 07375 113 1 (2) 144 (55) 0 (0) 0 %
Bucklin 09025 900 3 (8) 285 (110) 0 (0) 0.02%
Concord 15150 117 1 (2) 187 (72) 0 (0) 0.11%
Dodge 18225 899 13 (33) 70 (27) 0 (0) 0.21%
Enterprise 21450 1,113 6 (17) 175 (67) 0 (0) 0.19%
Fairview 22500 346 2 (5) 188 (73) 0 (0) 0.06%
Ford 23750 456 2 (5) 249 (96) 0 (0) 0.01%
Grandview 27350 784 3 (9) 226 (87) 0 (0) 0.20%
Richland 59300 931 9 (24) 99 (38) 0 (0) 0.17%
Royal 61575 105 1 (1) 185 (72) 0 (0) 0.06%
Sodville 66150 110 1 (2) 145 (56) 0 (0) 0.01%
Spearville 67150 1,150 2 (6) 479 (185) 0 (0) 0.03%
Wheatland 77675 170 1 (2) 193 (74) 0 (0) 0 %
Wilburn 79100 88 0 (1) 187 (72) 0 (0) 0 %
Sources:


Education

Unified school districts

  • Spearville USD 381
  • Dodge City USD 443
  • Bucklin USD 459

Colleges

Dodge City Community College

See also

References



External links

Official sites

Additional information

History and Genealogy


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