|Labette County, Kansas|
Location in the state of Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 26, 1867|
653.30 sq mi (1,692 km²)
648.82 sq mi (1,680 km²)
4.48 sq mi (12 km²), 0.69%
34.2/sq mi (13.2/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Labette County (county code LB) is a county located in southeast Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 21,607. Its county seat is Oswego, and its most populous city is Parsons. The Parsons Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Labette County.
History[edit | edit source]
In the 1840s Labette County had a population mainly consisting of Osage people, although there were also many Cherokee and Euro-Americans. Many of the Euro-Americans were merchants with Osage or Cherokee wives.
From 1871-1873, the Benders, later called the Bloody Benders, set up an inn and killed at least 12 travelers including one child. While the Benders hold a tragic and morbid story, they are famous in the area.
Law and government[edit | edit source]
Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 1996, when 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 653.30 square miles (1,692.0 km2), of which 648.82 square miles (1,680.4 km2) (or 99.31%) is land and 4.48 square miles (11.6 km2) (or 0.69%) is water.
Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]
- Neosho County (north)
- Crawford County (northeast)
- Cherokee County (east)
- Craig County, Oklahoma (south)
- Nowata County, Oklahoma (southwest)
- Montgomery County (west)
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the 2010 Census Labette County had a population of 21,607. The median age was 41. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 85.5% non-Hispani white, 4.7% African-American, 2.2% Native America, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanics of some other race, 3.6% non-Hispanics reporting two or more races and 4.0% Hisoanic or Latino.
As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 22,835 people, 9,194 households, and 6,114 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km2). There were 10,306 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.28% White, 4.66% Black or African American, 1.95% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.07% of the population.
There were 9,194 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.10% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,875, and the median income for a family was $37,519. Males had a median income of $29,043 versus $21,706 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,525. About 8.90% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.70% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns[edit | edit source]
Incorporated cities[edit | edit source]
Name and population (2006 estimate):
- Parsons, 11,237
- Oswego, 2,000 (county seat)
- Chetopa, 1,234
- Altamont, 1,064
- Edna, 422
- Mound Valley, 414
- Bartlett, 124
- Labette, 68
Unincorporated places[edit | edit source]
Townships[edit | edit source]
Labette County is divided into sixteen townships. The cities of Chetopa, Oswego, and Parsons 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|
|Canada||10325||217||2 (5)||103 (40)||0 (0)||0.22%|
|Elm Grove||20750||798||6 (16)||130 (50)||0 (0)||0.17%|
|Fairview||22550||239||3 (7)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.11%|
|Hackberry||29350||403||3 (8)||131 (51)||0 (0)||0.15%|
|Howard||33300||357||3 (8)||111 (43)||0 (0)||0.13%|
|Labette||37400||373||4 (10)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.18%|
|Liberty||40175||395||4 (11)||95 (37)||0 (0)||0.11%|
|Montana||47850||179||3 (7)||71 (27)||1 (1)||1.90%|
|Mound Valley||48850||806||5 (13)||166 (64)||0 (0)||0.11%|
|Mount Pleasant||48950||1,351||14 (37)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.34%|
|Neosho||49775||222||3 (8)||70 (27)||2 (1)||2.40%|
|North||50975||612||7 (19)||83 (32)||0 (0)||0.16%|
|Osage||53150||703||4 (12)||157 (61)||5 (2)||2.93%|
|Oswego||53475||310||5 (12)||66 (25)||1 (0)||1.73%|
|Richland||59425||303||3 (8)||97 (38)||0 (0)||0.43%|
|Walton||75250||726||9 (23)||83 (32)||0 (0)||0.16%|
|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 school district of 300 square miles (780 km2) primarily covering portions of Crawford and Cherokee counties, but also includes small portions of Labette and Neosho counties.
- Parsons USD 503 (Web site)
- Oswego USD 504 (Web site)
- Chetopa-St. Paul USD 505 (Web site)
- Labette County USD 506 (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.
- ^ Nelson Case's history of Labette County, Kansas
- ^ Montgomery County Newspaper Articles - The Bender family
- ^ "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.
- ^ 2010 census general population statistics on Labette County, Kansa]
- ^ "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 2006-07-01. Released 2007-06-28.
- ^ 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]
- Labette County
- History of Labette County, Kansas, and Representative Citizens; Nelson Case; Biographical Publishing Company; 846 pages; 1901. (Download 50MB 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]
- Official sites
- Additional information
- Blue Skyways
- Kansas Statistical Abstract
- Labette County GenWeb
- Labette County History and Heritage Project, Genealogy
- Labette County Map, KDOT
- Kansas Highway Map, KDOT
- Kansas Railroad Map, KDOT
- Kansas School District Boundary Map, KSDE
|Neosho County||Crawford County|
|Montgomery County||Cherokee County|
Labette County, Kansas
|Nowata County, Oklahoma||Craig County, Oklahoma|
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