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Coordinates: 37°10′N 94°51′W / 37.167, -94.85

Cherokee County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Cherokee County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 18, 1860
Seat Columbus
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

590.96 sq mi (1,531 km²)
587.12 sq mi (1,521 km²)
3.85 sq mi (10 km²), 0.65%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

21,603
36.5/sq mi (14.1/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website CherokeeCountyKS.com

Cherokee County (county code CK) is a county located in Southeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 21,603.[1] Its county seat is Columbus,[2] and its most populous city is Baxter Springs. The communities of Baxter Springs, Columbus, Galena, and Riverton are located in the Ozarks of Kansas.

Law and government[edit | edit source]

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Cherokee County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[3]

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 590.96 square miles (1,530.6 km2), of which 587.12 square miles (1,520.6 km2) (or 99.35%) is land and 3.85 square miles (10.0 km2) (or 0.65%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

Major highways[edit | edit source]

Sources: National Atlas,[5] U.S. Census Bureau[6]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 1,501
1870 11,038 635.4%
1880 21,905 98.5%
1890 27,770 26.8%
1900 42,694 53.7%
1910 38,162 −10.6%
1920 33,609 −11.9%
1930 31,457 −6.4%
1940 29,817 −5.2%
1950 25,144 −15.7%
1960 22,279 −11.4%
1970 21,549 −3.3%
1980 22,304 3.5%
1990 21,374 −4.2%
2000 22,605 5.8%
2010 21,603 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Population pyramid

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[7] there were 22,605 people, 8,875 households, and 6,239 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 10,031 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.27% White, 0.61% Black or African American, 3.45% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.29% of the population.

There were 8,875 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,505, and the median income for a family was $37,284. Males had a median income of $29,045 versus $19,675 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,710. About 11.40% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 10.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Incorporated cities and Census Designated places[edit | edit source]

Name and population (2010 Census):[8]

Unincorporated places[edit | edit source]

2005 KDOT Map of Cherokee County (map legend)

  • Carona
  • Cravensville
  • Crestline
  • Faulkner
  • Hallowell
  • Lawton
  • Leawalk
  • Lowell
  • Melrose
  • Military
  • Neutral
  • Quaker
  • Riverton, 929
  • Sherman City
  • Sherwin
  • Skidmore
  • Stippville
  • Turck

Ghost town[edit | edit source]

  • Treece, it was officially disincorporated in 2012 by the State of Kansas.[9]

Townships[edit | edit source]

Cherokee County is divided into fourteen townships. The cities of Baxter Springs, Columbus, Galena, Scammon, and Weir are considered governmentally independent and are 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
Cherokee 12800 336 6 (15) 57 (22) 0 (0) 0.08% 37°18′33″N 94°45′36″W / 37.30917, -94.76
Crawford 16225 646 7 (18) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.24% 37°9′21″N 94°47′11″W / 37.15583, -94.78639
Garden 25250 3,039 41 (105) 75 (29) 2 (1) 2.80% 37°2′55″N 94°41′18″W / 37.04861, -94.68833
Lola 42350 382 3 (9) 115 (44) 1 (0) 0.50% 37°10′25″N 95°0′15″W / 37.17361, -95.00417
Lowell 43075 672 20 (52) 33 (13) 1 (0) 3.04% 37°6′11″N 94°40′23″W / 37.10306, -94.67306
Lyon 43400 528 4 (11) 130 (50) 0 (0) 0.08% 37°2′19″N 94°52′37″W / 37.03861, -94.87694
Mineral 47000 254 3 (8) 79 (31) 0 (0) 0.15% 37°15′32″N 94°47′29″W / 37.25889, -94.79139
Neosho 49725 306 2 (5) 157 (61) 2 (1) 1.08% 37°3′15″N 95°1′37″W / 37.05417, -95.02694
Pleasant View 56675 658 5 (13) 136 (52) 0 (0) 0.14% 37°17′4″N 94°40′1″W / 37.28444, -94.66694
Ross 61350 893 6 (17) 140 (54) 1 (0) 0.71% 37°16′29″N 94°53′55″W / 37.27472, -94.89861
Salamanca 62575 569 6 (17) 89 (34) 0 (0) 0.07% 37°10′3″N 94°52′37″W / 37.1675, -94.87694
Shawnee 64475 505 6 (15) 90 (35) 1 (0) 0.61% 37°9′30″N 94°40′18″W / 37.15833, -94.67167
Sheridan 64625 249 1 (4) 172 (67) 1 (1) 0.79% 37°15′41″N 95°0′15″W / 37.26139, -95.00417
Spring Valley 67725 1,007 8 (21) 122 (47) 0 (0) 0.36% 37°3′11″N 94°46′5″W / 37.05306, -94.76806
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/places2k.html. 

Education[edit | edit source]

Unified school districts[edit | edit source]

  • Cherokee USD 247 (Web site) is a 300-square-mile (780 km2) school district primarily covering portions of Crawford and Cherokee counties, but also includes small portions of Labette and Neosho counties. It serves over 800 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Southeast High School (the "Lancers") is located just west of the city of Cherokee (where the district office is located). In Cherokee County the district serves the cities of Weir and West Mineral.[10]
  • Riverton USD 404 (Web site)
  • Columbus USD 493 (Web site)
  • Galena USD 499 (Web site)
  • Baxter Springs USD 508 (Web site)

See also[edit | edit source]

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas


References[edit | edit source]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

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