Lyons is a city in Rice County, Kansas, United States.
The population was 3,732 at the 2000 census
. It is the county seat
of Rice County
exact route across the plains is uncertain and has been widely
disputed, he and his men are thought to have camped near the
present location of Lyons on their quest for Quivira
, a place said to be fabulously wealthy in
gold. West of Lyons is a cross commemorating Juan de Padilla
, a member of Coronado's
expedition who is considered the first Christian martyr
in North America
Lyons' Main Street (U.S. Highway 56
) sits on the former location of the
Santa Fe Trail
Since the mid 1980s, Lyons has been a popular spot for skydiving
Lyons is located at (38.344962, -98.202493) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
2.2 square miles
), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 3,732
people, 1,546 households, and 1,032 families residing in the city.
The population density
1,732.5 people per square mile (670.2/km²). There were 1,738
housing units at an average density of 806.8/sq mi
(312.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.16% White
, 1.96% African American
, 0.11% Pacific Islander
, 3.75% from
, and 1.96%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 12.03% of the
There were 1,546 households out of which 31.6% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 54.3% were married couples
living together, 8.5% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families.
30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age
of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to
64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,945, and the
median income for a family was $39,639. Males had a median income
of $30,765 versus $17,778 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$16,206. About 9.1% of families and 11.3% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 16.0%
of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.