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Alden, Kansas
Location within Rice County and Kansas
Location within Rice County and Kansas
KDOT map of Rice County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Rice
Township Valley
Founded 1872
Incorporated 1916
Named for Alden Speare
Area
 • Total 0.15 sq mi (0.40 km2)
 • Land 0.15 sq mi (0.40 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,680 ft (510 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 122
 • Density 813/sq mi (305/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67512
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-00950
GNIS ID 475900

Alden is a city in Rice County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 122.

History

For millennia, the land now known as Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was secured by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1867, Rice County was founded.

Alden was founded in 1872. It was a station on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Alden was named for Alden Speare, a railroad employee. The first post office in Alden was established in 1882.

Geography

Alden is located at 38°14′39″N 98°18′41″W / 38.24417°N 98.31139°W / 38.24417; -98.31139 (38.244093, -98.311492). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.19 square miles (0.49 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 333
1930 286 −14.1%
1940 321 12.2%
1950 286 −10.9%
1960 239 −16.4%
1970 238 −0.4%
1980 214 −10.1%
1990 182 −15.0%
2000 168 −7.7%
2010 148 −11.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 148 people, 61 households, and 47 families residing in the city. The population density was 778.9 inhabitants per square mile (300.7/km2). There were 80 housing units at an average density of 421.1 per square mile (162.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.6% White, 0.7% Asian, and 4.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 61 households, of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.5% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.0% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the city was 44 years. 22.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 19.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.0% male and 48.0% female.

Education

The community is served by Sterling USD 376 public school district.

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