is a city in Shawnee
counties in the U.S. state
. The population was 86 at the 2000 census
. It is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area
Before 1883, Willard was not much of a town but when the Rock Island Railroad
laid tracks through the community, Willard became the typical railroad town. In the early 1920s, Willard boasted a population of over 300 and was a major cattle shipping point for this region. During the 1930s many businesses closed, the railroad became less important and, finally, in 1951, a flood destroyed much of the town and caused the bridge over the Kansas River
collapsed isolating the town from surrounding communities.
Willard is located at (39.093917, -95.943334).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²).None of the area is covered with water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 86 people, 38 households, and 22 families residing in the city. The population density
was 806.5 people per square mile (301.9/km²). There were 50 housing units at an average density of 468.9/sq mi (175.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.67% White
, 1.16% Native American
, 1.16% from other races
of any race were 8.14% of the population.
There were 38 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 2.3% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,500, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $22,813 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,513. There were no families and 5.7% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 9.1% of those over 64.
Faded Dreams: More Ghost Towns of Kansas
by Daniel Fitzgerald. University Press of Kansas, 1994.