Lane County (standard
abbreviation: LE) is a county located in the U.S.
state of Kansas.
of 2000, the population was 2,155. The county seat
is Dighton, the only
city in the county.
Lane County was named after James H. Lane
who was a leader of the
abolitionist movement and served
as one of the first U.S. Senators from Kansas.
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, Lane County has
remained a prohibition, or "dry"
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total
area of 717 square miles (1,858 km²), of which,
717 square miles (1,858 km²) of it is land and
0 square miles (1 km²) of it (0.03%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,155
people, 910 households, and 613 families residing in the county.
The population density
people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,065 housing units at
an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial
makeup of the county was 97.73% White
, 0.05% Native American
, 0.09% Asian
, 0.05% Pacific Islander
, 0.51% from
, and 1.58%
from two or more races. 1.44% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 910 households out of which 29.50% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples
living together, 5.10% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families.
30.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.50% 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 2.91.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the
age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from
45 to 64, and 20.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.70
The median income for a household in the county was $36,047, and
the median income for a family was $41,892. Males had a median
income of $29,429 versus $20,446 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$18,606. About 5.40% of families and 8.20% of the population were
below the poverty line
11.40% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or
Cities and towns
Name and population (2004 estimate):
Lane County is divided into five 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
Sources: 2000 U.S.Gazetteer
from the U.S.Census
/km² (/sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
Unified school districts
- Healy USD 468
- Dighton USD 482
Ellen May Stanley has written several books about Lane
- Cowboy Josh: Adventures of a Real Cowboy
- Early Lane County History: 12,000 B.C.
- A.D. 1884
- Early Lane County Development
- Golden Age, Great Depression, and Dust
- General county information
- * Blue Skyways
- County level data
- * Kansas Statistical Abstract