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Hillsboro is a city in Marion County, Kansasmarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 2,854 at the 2000 census. It is home to Tabor Collegemarker.


The Hillsboro area was settled by Russian Mennonites beginning in 1874. These settlers brought with them a specific variety of winter wheat that is still grown today. Today, the Mennonite Settlement Museum remains to demonstrate the lives of these early settlers.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Hillsboro has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,854 people, 1,086 households, and 710 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,435.8 people per square mile (553.7/km²). There were 1,209 housing units at an average density of 608.2/sq mi (234.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.48% White, 0.35% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 1,086 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% 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 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 17.3% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 23.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,736, and the median income for a family was $42,465. Males had a median income of $31,188 versus $20,134 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,544. About 5.5% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.


The Hillsboro High school system is part of USD 410 school district. It is a 3A school.
  • The Hillsboro High School Trojan Wrestling team for the past decade has become increasingly better. Five wrestlers have placed at the Kansas State Wrestling Tournament with many more qualifying for state.
  • The Hillsboro High School Trojan football team made state in 2006 and played until the Semi-Finals, where they lost to the Garden Plainmarker Owls. It was the first time they got to the Semi-Finals since 1986.
  • The Hillsboro High School Trojan Girls Basketball team won the 3A Kansas State Basketball tournament in 2007 for the first time since 1996.
  • The Hillsboro High School Trojan Track teams have won several state titles in both the girl's and boy's divisions, as well as numerous second and third place titles.
  • From 2004 to 2007, the Girls Track team won the State title twice in 2005 and 2007, and finished second in 2004 and 2006.
  • In 2005, Track Coach Dennis Boldt was named NFCA National Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year for his accomplishments with the team in the '03-'04 season.


The community is served by two newspapers, the Hillsboro Free Press and the Hillsboro Star-Journal. The Free Press was founded by Hillsboro natives Don Ratzlaff and Joel Klaassen is the most widely-read newspaper in Marion County. Journalists from both papers are award-winning members of the Kansas Press Association.



At one time, Hillsboro was served by a branch line of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad that connected Marionmarker and McPhersonmarker. The line was purchased by the Central Kansas Railway in 1992, and abandoned in 1993 after heavy flood damage to the line.


Schroeder Field is a small airport at the city's southwest corner.


  1. Hillsboro Free Press
  2. Hillsboro Star-Journal
  3. Publication Audit Report: January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2007

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