McPherson_County,_Kansas

McPherson County, Kansas

McPherson County (standard abbreviation: MP) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of 2000, the population was 29,554. The largest city and county seat is McPherson. The county is named for Civil War General James B. McPherson.

The McPherson Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of McPherson County.

Law and government

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

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 901 square miles (2,334 km²), of which, 900 square miles (2,330 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.17%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 29,554 people, 11,205 households, and 7,966 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 11,830 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.53% White, 0.81% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 1.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 37.1% were of German, 12.9% Swedish, 12.1% American, 6.7% English and 6.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 11,205 households out of which 33.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.50% were married couples living together, 6.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 10.30% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 21.80% 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 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,138, and the median income for a family was $48,243. Males had a median income of $33,530 versus $21,175 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,921. About 4.20% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.20% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Incorporated cities

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated towns

Townships

McPherson County is divided into twenty-five townships. The cities of Lindsborg and McPherson 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.

Sources: 2000 U.S. Gazetteer from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Battle Hill 04550 91 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.33%
Bonaville 07925 66 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.34%
Canton 10500 1,090 12 (30) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.02%
Castle 10950 225 2 (6) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.12%
Delmore 17575 138 1 (4) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.15%
Empire 21200 1,178 13 (33) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0 %
Groveland 29150 234 2 (6) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.12%
Gypsum Creek 29325 215 2 (6) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.11%
Harper 30225 137 1 (4) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.17%
Hayes 30950 287 3 (8) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0 %
Jackson 34850 198 2 (6) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.49%
King City 36900 544 6 (15) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.13%
Little Valley 41600 475 5 (13) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.02%
Lone Tree 42525 486 5 (13) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0 %
McPherson 43975 618 8 (21) 77 (30) 0 (0) 0.23%
Marquette 44950 776 8 (22) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.16%
Meridian 45975 341 4 (9) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0 %
Mound 48675 2,104 23 (59) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.17%
New Gottland 50350 354 4 (10) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.38%
Smoky Hill 66025 297 3 (9) 89 (34) 0 (0) 0.05%
South Sharps Creek 67000 112 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.18%
Spring Valley 67750 373 4 (10) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.03%
Superior 69475 1,640 18 (46) 92 (36) 1 (0) 0.72%
Turkey Creek 71700 294 3 (8) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0 %
Union 72225 190 2 (5) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.20%

Education

Unified school districts

  • Smokey Valley USD 400
  • McPherson USD 418
  • Canton-Galva USD 419
  • Moundridge USD 423
  • Inman USD 448

Colleges

Museums

See also

References

External links

Government and general information
* Official McPherson County Web site
* Blue Skyways - McPherson CountyCounty Level Data
* Kansas Statistical Abstract

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