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Alma, Kansas
Brandt Hotel (2017)
Brandt Hotel (2017)
"City of Native Stone Set in the Foothills"
Location within Wabaunsee County and Kansas
Location within Wabaunsee County and Kansas
KDOT map of Wabaunsee County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Wabaunsee
Founded 1867
Incorporated 1869
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Total 0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)
 • Land 0.58 sq mi (1.51 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
1,106 ft (337 m)
 • Total 832
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,333.33/sq mi (515.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
66401, 66501
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-01350
GNIS ID 476598

Alma is a city in and the county seat of Wabaunsee County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 832.


19th century

Stouffer's Railroad Map of Kansas 1915-1918 Wabaunsee County
1915 Railroad Map of Wabaunsee County

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 1859, Wabaunsee County was founded.

The first house was built at Alma in 1867.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a main line from Topeka through Alma to Herington. The Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway was foreclosed in 1891 and taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980. This line of the former Rock Island Railroad was sold to the Southern Pacific Railroad and later merged into the Union Pacific that operates and owns the line today. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".

The city was named after either the city of Alma, Germany, or for a stream in the Ukraine.


Alma is located at 39°0′56″N 96°17′21″W / 39.01556°N 96.28917°W / 39.01556; -96.28917 (39.015637, -96.289050). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2), of which, 0.58 square miles (1.50 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 362
1890 1,125 210.8%
1900 966 −14.1%
1910 1,010 4.6%
1920 789 −21.9%
1930 811 2.8%
1940 776 −4.3%
1950 716 −7.7%
1960 838 17.0%
1970 905 8.0%
1980 925 2.2%
1990 871 −5.8%
2000 797 −8.5%
2010 832 4.4%
2019 (est.) 780 −6.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
Stouffer's Railroad Map of Kansas 1915-1918 Wabaunsee County
1915 Railroad Map of Wabaunsee County

Alma is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 832 people, 342 households, and 212 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,434.5 inhabitants per square mile (553.9/km2). There were 381 housing units at an average density of 656.9 per square mile (253.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.1% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.2% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 342 households, of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 42.7 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 21.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.


The community is served by Wabaunsee USD 329 public school district. USD 329 was formed by school unification that consolidated Alma, Maple Hill, McFarland, and Paxico. Wabaunsee High School is located in Alma. The Wabaunsee High School mascot is Wabaunsee Chargers.

Alma High School was closed through school unification. The Alma High School mascot was Blue Devils.

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