|Ford County, Kansas|
Ford County Courthouse in Dodge City
Location in the state of Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 26, 1867|
1,099.29 sq mi (2,847 km²)
1,098.50 sq mi (2,845 km²)
0.79 sq mi (2 km²), 0.07%
30.8/sq mi (11.9/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Ford County (county code FO) is a county located in southwest Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 33,848. The Dodge City Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Ford County. Its county seat and most populous city is Dodge City. The county is named in honor of Colonel James Hobart Ford. For a brief time during the American Civil War he served as a brevet Major General. Ford was in charge of the construction of Fort Dodge, Kansas, after the Civil War.
Law and government[edit | edit source]
Ford 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.
Geography[edit | edit source]
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,099.29 square miles (2,847.1 km2), of which 1,098.50 square miles (2,845.1 km2) (or 99.93%) is land and 0.79 square miles (2.0 km2) (or 0.07%) is water.
Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]
- Hodgeman County (north)
- Edwards County (northeast)
- Kiowa County (east)
- Clark County (south)
- Meade County (southwest)
- Gray County (west)
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 32,458 people, 10,852 households, and 7,856 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 11,650 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 74.85% White, 1.62% Black or African American, 0.63% Native American, 2.05% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 18.17% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 37.68% of the population.
There were 10,852 households out of which 40.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.42.
In the county the population was spread out with 31.10% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 17.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 107.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,860, and the median income for a family was $42,734. Males had a median income of $27,189 versus $22,165 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,721. About 9.90% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns[edit | edit source]
Incorporated cities[edit | edit source]
Name and population (2004 estimate):
Unincorporated places[edit | edit source]
Townships[edit | edit source]
Ford County is divided into fourteen townships. The city of Dodge 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.
/km² (/sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
|Water %||Geographic coordinates|
|Bloom||07375||113||1 (2)||144 (55)||0 (0)||0%|
|Bucklin||09025||900||3 (8)||285 (110)||0 (0)||0.02%|
|Concord||15150||117||1 (2)||187 (72)||0 (0)||0.11%|
|Dodge||18225||899||13 (33)||70 (27)||0 (0)||0.21%|
|Enterprise||21450||1,113||6 (17)||175 (67)||0 (0)||0.19%|
|Fairview||22500||346||2 (5)||188 (73)||0 (0)||0.06%|
|Ford||23750||456||2 (5)||249 (96)||0 (0)||0.01%|
|Grandview||27350||784||3 (9)||226 (87)||0 (0)||0.20%|
|Richland||59300||931||9 (24)||99 (38)||0 (0)||0.17%|
|Royal||61575||105||1 (1)||185 (72)||0 (0)||0.06%|
|Sodville||66150||110||1 (2)||145 (56)||0 (0)||0.01%|
|Spearville||67150||1,150||2 (6)||479 (185)||0 (0)||0.03%|
|Wheatland||77675||170||1 (2)||193 (74)||0 (0)||0%|
|Wilburn||79100||88||0 (1)||187 (72)||0 (0)||0%|
|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]
Colleges[edit | edit source]
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 2007-12-28.
- ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- ^ Part of Foote County was annexed in 1884, and part of Ford was taken to form part of Gray County in 1887. The census population in 1880 for all of Foote County was 411.
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- 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)
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- Official sites
- Additional information
- History and Genealogy
- Ford County History from FCHS, Dodge City, KS
- Ford County GenWeb
- Ford County from American History and Genealogy Project (AHGP)
- Ford County Map, KDOT
- Kansas Highway Map, KDOT
- Kansas Railroad Map, KDOT
- Kansas School District Boundary Map, KSDE
|Hodgeman County||Edwards County|
|Gray County||Kiowa County|
Ford County, Kansas
|Meade County||Clark County|
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