Greeley County (county code GL) is a county located in West Central Kansas, in the Central United States. The county's population was estimated to be 1,331 in the year 2006, making it the smallest in the state. Its county seat and most populous city is Tribune.
As of 2007, the county commissioners were Fred Crotinger, Paul J. Shafer, and Michael A. Thon.
On November 6, 2007, nearly 73% of voters in rural Greeley County and in Tribune approved a consolidation of the county and the city. Such a system has previously been used in Kansas only in the urbanized Wyandotte County, the location of Kansas City. The resulting government will consist of a five-member commission with two members elected by city residents, two by rural residents, and one at-large. Similar to Wyandotte County, the only other consolidated city-county in the state, part of the county will not be included: Horace decided against consolidation. Members of the Unified Board of Supervisors will be elected in April 2008, and the governments will be unified in January 2009. A movement toward this consolidation had begun in 2004.
Greeley County's population was estimated to be 1,331 in the year 2006, a decrease of 209, or -13.6%, over the previous six years; it is the smallest population in the state. Neighboring Wallace County has the second smallest population.
As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 1,534 people, 602 households, and 414 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 712 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.09% White, 0.26% Native American, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.07% Asian, 5.22% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.54% of the population.
There were 602 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 4.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.20% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 19.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,605, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $29,018 versus $18,984 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,974. About 8.20% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.
/km² (/sq mi)
| Land area|
km² (sq mi)
| Water area|
km² (sq mi)
|Water %||Geographic coordinates|
|Colony||14975||172||0 (0)||919 (355)||0 (0)||0 %|
|Harrison||30325||107||0 (1)||511 (197)||0 (0)||0 %|
|Tribune||71475||Tribune||1,255||2 (6)||586 (226)||0 (0)||0 %|
|Sources: Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files. U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. .|