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Alta Vista, Kansas
Fourth of July Parade (1905)
Fourth of July Parade (1905)
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 1887
Incorporated 1905
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
Area
 • Total 0.35 sq mi (0.90 km2)
 • Land 0.35 sq mi (0.90 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,457 ft (444 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 444
 • Estimate 
(2019)
424
 • Density 1,214.90/sq mi (469.23/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66834
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-01575
GNIS ID 476909

Alta Vista is a city in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 444.

History

Alta Vista was founded in 1887, and it was incorporated as a city in 1905. Alta Vista is derived from the Spanish word for "high view", and the city was so named from its lofty elevation.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a main line from Topeka through Alta Vista 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 and reorganized as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad, merged in 1988 with Missouri Pacific Railroad, merged in 1997 with Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".

The first post office in Alta Vista was established in March 1887.

Geography

Alta Vista is located at 38°51′50″N 96°29′21″W / 38.86389°N 96.48917°W / 38.86389; -96.48917 (38.863832, -96.489248). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.36 square miles (0.93 km2), all of it land.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Alta Vista has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 499
1920 484 −3.0%
1930 436 −9.9%
1940 461 5.7%
1950 420 −8.9%
1960 400 −4.8%
1970 402 0.5%
1980 430 7.0%
1990 477 10.9%
2000 442 −7.3%
2010 444 0.5%
2019 (est.) 424 −4.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

Alta Vista is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 444 people, 189 households, and 128 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,233.3 inhabitants per square mile (476.2/km2). There were 211 housing units at an average density of 586.1 per square mile (226.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.3% of the population.

There were 189 households, of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.3% were non-families. 28.6% 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 2.35 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the city was 41.5 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 29.7% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.3% male and 47.7% female.

Railroads

Alta Vista is served by the Union Pacific Railroad, formerly the Southern Pacific, and prior, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. Alta Vista is located on UP's Golden State main line to El Paso, Texas. The line was originally built by the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railroad.

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Education

The community is served by Morris County USD 417 public school district.

Alta Vista High School was closed through school unification. The Alta Vista High School mascot was Bulldogs.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Alta Vista is served by the Union Pacific Railroad, formerly the Southern Pacific, and prior, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. Alta Vista is located on UP's Golden State main line to El Paso, Texas. The line was originally built by the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railroad.

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