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Thomas County, Kansas

Thomas County, Kansas
Thomas County Courthouse in Colby
Map of Kansas highlighting Thomas County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded 8 October 1885
Named for [1]
Seat Colby
Largest city Colby
 • Total 1,075 sq mi (2,784 km2)
 • Land 1,075 sq mi (2,784 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0 km2), 0.01%
 • (2010) 7,900
 • Density 7.4/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .comthomascountyks

Thomas County (standard abbreviation: TH) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 7,900.[2] Its county seat is Colby.[3]


  • History 1
  • Law and government 2
  • Geography 3
    • Major highways 3.1
    • Adjacent counties 3.2
  • Demographics 4
  • Education 5
    • Unified school districts 5.1
  • Communities 6
    • Cities 6.1
    • Townships 6.2
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10


The county was founded in October 8, 1885. It was named for American Civil War, hero of the Battle of Chickamauga. The townships of the county were named after the soldiers that died at the Battle of Chickamauga.[4]

Law and government

Thomas 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.[5]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,075 square miles (2,780 km2), of which 1,075 square miles (2,780 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.01%) is water.[6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties


Age pyramid

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 8,180 people, 3,226 households, and 2,125 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,562 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.14% White, 0.43% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. 1.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,226 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.10% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 28.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 13.50% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,034, and the median income for a family was $45,931. Males had a median income of $33,833 versus $21,310 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,028. About 6.60% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.90% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.


Unified school districts

  • Brewster USD 314
  • Colby USD 315
  • Golden Plains USD 316


2005 KDOT Map of Thomas County from KDOT (map legend)



Thomas County is divided into thirteen

  • Thomas County Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
  • Kansas Highway Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
  • Kansas Railroad Maps: Current, 1996, 1915, KDOT and Kansas Historical Society
  • Kansas State Historical Society
Thomas County local history and genealogy
  • Kansas Statistical Abstract
Kansas County Data
  • Blue Skyways
  • Oasis on the Plains
General Information
  • Thomas County

External links

  • 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)

Further reading

  1. ^ "A Brief History of Thomas County, Kansas and the Thomas County Courthouse". Thomas County, Kansas. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ A Brief History of Thomas County, Kansas
  5. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  13. ^ "A Brief History of Thomas County, Kansas and the Thomas County Courthouse". County of Thomas, Kansas. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 


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