|Cherokee County, Kansas|
Location in the state of Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 18, 1860|
590.96 sq mi (1,531 km²)
587.12 sq mi (1,521 km²)
3.85 sq mi (10 km²), 0.65%
36.5/sq mi (14.1/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
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. Its county seat is Columbus, and its most populous city is Baxter Springs. The communities of Baxter Springs, Columbus, Galena, and Riverton are located in the Ozarks of Kansas.
- 1 Law and government
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Townships
- 6 Education
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 Further reading
- 10 External links
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.
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.
Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]
- Crawford County (north)
- Jasper County, Missouri (east)
- Newton County, Missouri (southeast)
- Ottawa County, Oklahoma (south)
- Craig County, Oklahoma (southwest)
- Labette County (west)
Major highways[edit | edit source]
- U.S. Route 66 (decommissioned)
- U.S. Route 69
- U.S. Route 160
- U.S. Route 166
- Kansas Highway 7
- Kansas Highway 26
- Kansas Highway 57
- Kansas Highway 66 (successor to the decommissioned US 66)
- Kansas Highway 96
- Kansas Highway 102
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the U.S. Census in 2000, 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):
- Baxter Springs, 4,238
- Columbus, 3,312 (county seat)
- Galena, 3,085
- Weir, 686
- Scammon, 482
- West Mineral, 185
- Roseland, 77
- In 2011, the Oswego, Kansas City Council from neighboring Labette County, Kansas voted to annex Oswego Municipal Airport into the city limits, making Oswego, population 1,829, the ninth incorporated place in Cherokee County.
Unincorporated places[edit | edit source]
- Riverton, 929
- Sherman City
Ghost town[edit | edit source]
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.
/km² (/sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
|Water %||Geographic coordinates|
|Cherokee||12800||336||6 (15)||57 (22)||0 (0)||0.08%|
|Crawford||16225||646||7 (18)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.24%|
|Garden||25250||3,039||41 (105)||75 (29)||2 (1)||2.80%|
|Lola||42350||382||3 (9)||115 (44)||1 (0)||0.50%|
|Lowell||43075||672||20 (52)||33 (13)||1 (0)||3.04%|
|Lyon||43400||528||4 (11)||130 (50)||0 (0)||0.08%|
|Mineral||47000||254||3 (8)||79 (31)||0 (0)||0.15%|
|Neosho||49725||306||2 (5)||157 (61)||2 (1)||1.08%|
|Pleasant View||56675||658||5 (13)||136 (52)||0 (0)||0.14%|
|Ross||61350||893||6 (17)||140 (54)||1 (0)||0.71%|
|Salamanca||62575||569||6 (17)||89 (34)||0 (0)||0.07%|
|Shawnee||64475||505||6 (15)||90 (35)||1 (0)||0.61%|
|Sheridan||64625||249||1 (4)||172 (67)||1 (1)||0.79%|
|Spring Valley||67725||1,007||8 (21)||122 (47)||0 (0)||0.36%|
|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.
- 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
- List of counties in Kansas
- List of Kansas county name etymologies
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Kansas
- Kansas locations by per capita income
Other information for Kansas
- List of cities in Kansas
- List of unified school districts in Kansas
- List of colleges and universities in Kansas
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ "2010 County Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_GCTPL2.ST05&prodType=table. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
- ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. http://www.ksrevenue.org/abcwetdrymap.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
- ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- ^ National Atlas
- ^ U.S. Census Bureau TIGER shape files
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ "Population Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php. Annual estimates of the population to 2005-07-01. Released 2006-06-21.
- ^ Former residents say goodbye to contaminated town of Treece; The Wichita Eagle; September 27, 2012.
- ^ Burns, Tim (September 19, 2005). "Welcome To USD #247". Cherokee, USD 247. http://www.usd247.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/09/19/424dad21d2550. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- History of Cherokee County, Kansas; Nathanial Allison; Biographical Publishing; 646 pages; 1904. (Download 31MB PDF eBook)
- 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)
[edit | edit source]
- Cherokee County Map, KDOT
- Kansas Highway Map, KDOT
- Kansas Railroad Map, KDOT
- Marion County School District Boundary Map, U.S. Census Bureau
- Map of Cherokee County in 1887
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Cherokee County, Kansas
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