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Osage County, Kansas

Osage County, Kansas
Osage County Courthouse in Lyndon, 2009
Map of Kansas highlighting Osage County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1859
Named for Osage Nation
Seat Lyndon
Largest city Osage City
Area
 • Total 720 sq mi (1,865 km2)
 • Land 706 sq mi (1,829 km2)
 • Water 14 sq mi (36 km2), 2.0%
Population
 • (2010) 16,295
 • Density 23/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.osagecowww

Osage County (county code OS) is a Osage River that runs through it, which is itself named for the Osage Native American Tribe.[3]

Osage County is included in the Topeka, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

  • Law and government 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
    • Unified school districts 4.1
  • Media 5
  • Communities 6
    • Cities 6.1
    • Unincorporated communities 6.2
    • Townships 6.3
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10

Law and government

Osage 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.[4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 720 square miles (1,900 km2), of which 706 square miles (1,830 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (2.0%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[11] there were 16,712 people, 6,490 households, and 4,737 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km2). There were 7,018 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.27% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.53% of the population.

There were 6,490 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,928, and the median income for a family was $44,581. Males had a median income of $30,670 versus $22,981 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,691. About 6.40% of families and 8.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Unified school districts

  • Osage City USD 420
  • Lyndon USD 421
  • Santa Fe Trail USD 434
  • Burlingame USD 454
  • Marais des Cygnes Valley USD 456

Media

Osage County is served by a weekly newspaper, The Osage County Herald-Chronicle (Web site). The newspaper has a circulation of approximately 4,500, making it the 3rd largest paid weekly publication in the state of Kansas.

The Herald-Chronicle was created by the merger of The Osage County Herald and The Osage County Chronicle in February 2007.

Communities

2005 KDOT Map of Osage County (map legend)

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Osage County is divided into sixteen townships. The city of Osage City 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
Agency 00450 Quenemo 618 7 (19) 86 (33) 0 (0) 0.10%
Arvonia 02550 136 1 (3) 112 (43) 13 (5) 10.13%
Barclay 04175 239 2 (5) 124 (48) 0 (0) 0.14%
Burlingame 09375 Burlingame 1,768 9 (25) 186 (72) 1 (0) 0.43%
Dragoon 18575 214 2 (6) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.07%
Elk 20175 Overbrook 1,723 12 (32) 140 (54) 0 (0) 0.30%
Fairfax 22150 513 5 (12) 111 (43) 5 (2) 4.14%
Grant 27850 297 3 (8) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.25%
Junction 35725 1,210 9 (24) 129 (50) 0 (0) 0.15%
Lincoln 40925 134 2 (4) 83 (32) 0 (0) 0.10%
Melvern 45725 Melvern 812 7 (18) 115 (44) 0 (0) 0.13%
Olivet 52725 Olivet 263 2 (5) 143 (55) 17 (7) 10.70%
Ridgeway 59825 Carbondale 2,661 25 (64) 108 (42) 2 (1) 2.00%
Scranton 63700 Scranton 1,273 14 (36) 92 (36) 1 (0) 0.91%
Superior 69500 293 3 (8) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.30%
Valley Brook 73200 Lyndon 1,524 15 (38) 104 (40) 0 (0) 0.46%
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. 

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.osage.kansasgov.com/MV2Base.asp?VarCN=18
  4. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

Further reading

  • History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas Publisher; 1883. (Online HTML eBook)
  • Kansas : A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc; 3 Volumes; Frank W. Blackmar; Standard Publishing Co; 944 / 955 / 824 pages; 1912. (Volume1 - Download 54MB PDF eBook),(Volume2 - Download 53MB PDF eBook), (Volume3 - Download 33MB PDF eBook)

External links

Official sites
  • Osage County
  • Osage County District Court
  • Osage County Historical Society
Additional information
  • Blue Skyways
  • Kansas Statistical Abstract
Maps
  • Osage County Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
  • Kansas Highway Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
  • Kansas Railroad Maps: Current, 1996, 1915, KDOT and Kansas Historical Society
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