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Washington County, Kansas


Washington County, Kansas

Washington County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Washington County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1857
Named for George Washington
Seat Washington
Largest city Washington
 • Total 899 sq mi (2,328 km2)
 • Land 895 sq mi (2,318 km2)
 • Water 3.9 sq mi (10 km2), 0.4%
 • (2010) 5,799
 • Density 6.5/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .netwashingtoncountyks

Washington County (standard abbreviation: WS) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 5,799.[1] Its county seat and largest city is Washington.[2]


  • History 1
    • 21st century 1.1
  • Law and government 2
  • Geography 3
    • Adjacent counties 3.1
  • Demographics 4
  • Education 5
    • Washington County Schools USD 108 5.1
  • Communities 6
    • Cities 6.1
    • Unincorporated community 6.2
    • Townships 6.3
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10


21st century

In 2010, the Keystone-Cushing Pipeline (Phase II) was constructed north to south through Washington County, with much controversy over tax exemption and environmental concerns (if a leak ever does occur).[3][4]

Law and government

Washington 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 899 square miles (2,330 km2), of which 895 square miles (2,320 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (0.4%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties


Age pyramid

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 6,483 people, 2,673 households, and 1,780 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,142 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.90% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 0.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,673 households out of which 26.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.40% were married couples living together, 4.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 31.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 25.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,363, and the median income for a family was $37,260. Males had a median income of $25,074 versus $18,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,515. About 7.30% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.20% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over.


The county is served by:

  • Washington County USD 108
  • Barnes-Hanover-Linn USD 223
  • Clifton-Clyde USD 224

Washington County Schools USD 108

The superintendent is Michael D. Stegman.[13] It includes:[13]

  • West Elementary School (Principal:Ron Scott[14])
  • East Elementary School (Principal: Ron Scott[14])
  • Washington County Junior High/High School (Principal: Phil Wilson[15]).


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


Unincorporated community


Washington County is divided into twenty-five townships. The city of Washington 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.

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ ; April 18, 2010.Marion County Commission calls out Legislative Leadership on Pipeline DealKeystone Pipeline -
  4. ^ ; December 10, 2010.TransCanada inspecting pipelineKeystone Pipeline -
  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 b 108, Washington County Schools USD. "Washington County". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  14. ^ a b Schools, West Elementary and East Elementary. "Elementary Personnel". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  15. ^ School, Washington County Junior High/High School. "Personnel". Retrieved 2009-05-31. 

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

  • Washington County
  • Washington 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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