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Americus, Kansas
Location within Lyon County and Kansas
Location within Lyon County and Kansas
KDOT map of Lyon County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Lyon
Government
 • Type Mayor/Council
Area
 • Total 1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Land 1.12 sq mi (2.90 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
1,158 ft (353 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 894
 • Estimate 
(2015)
884
 • Density 791/sq mi (305.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66835
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-01675
GNIS feature ID 0477176

Americus is a city in Lyon County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 896.

History

Americus was laid out in the fall of 1857. It was named for Amerigo Vespucci.

Americus was a station and shipping point on the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad.

Geography

Americus is located at 38°30′23″N 96°15′35″W / 38.50639°N 96.25972°W / 38.50639; -96.25972 (38.506448, -96.259598). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.13 square miles (2.93 km2), of which, 1.12 square miles (2.90 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 431
1890 393 −8.8%
1900 332 −15.5%
1910 451 35.8%
1920 493 9.3%
1930 430 −12.8%
1940 406 −5.6%
1950 339 −16.5%
1960 300 −11.5%
1970 441 47.0%
1980 915 107.5%
1990 891 −2.6%
2000 938 5.3%
2010 894 −4.7%
Est. 2015 884 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Americus is part of the Emporia Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 894 people, 354 households, and 251 families residing in the city. The population density was 798.2 inhabitants per square mile (308.2/km2). There were 386 housing units at an average density of 344.6 per square mile (133.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.1% of the population.

There were 354 households of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.1% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 38 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 12.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 938 people, 355 households, and 259 families residing in the city. The population density was 870.1 people per square mile (335.3/km²). There were 383 housing units at an average density of 355.3 per square mile (136.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.80% White, 0.32% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 1.07% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 355 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,859, and the median income for a family was $43,850. Males had a median income of $29,545 versus $21,705 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,532. About 9.9% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.

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