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Anthony, Kansas
Harper County Courthouse (2015)
Harper County Courthouse (2015)
Location within Harper County and Kansas
Location within Harper County and Kansas
KDOT map of Harper County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Harper
Founded 1870s
Platted 1878
Incorporated 1879
Named for George Anthony
 • Total 3.21 sq mi (8.31 km2)
 • Land 3.03 sq mi (7.85 km2)
 • Water 0.18 sq mi (0.46 km2)
1,352 ft (412 m)
 • Total 2,108
 • Density 656.7/sq mi (253.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-01975
GNIS ID 470518

Anthony is a city in and the county seat of Harper County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 2,108.


The Anthony townsite was laid out in 1878. The city was named after the 7th governor of Kansas, George T. Anthony who was in office at the time. Following the reorganization of Harper County in 1878 following the original fraudulent organization in 1873, Anthony was designated the temporary county seat, as Bluff City, designated county seat of the fraudulent county organization, did not exist at the time. In 1879, a county seat election was held, and Anthony won over Harper City even though 2,960 ballots were cast with 800 legal voters in the county.


Anthony is located at 37°9′14″N 98°1′46″W / 37.15389°N 98.02944°W / 37.15389; -98.02944 (37.153902, -98.029396). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.31 square miles (8.57 km2), of which, 3.13 square miles (8.11 km2) is land and 0.18 square miles (0.47 km2) is water.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 345
1890 1,806 423.5%
1900 1,179 −34.7%
1910 2,669 126.4%
1920 2,740 2.7%
1930 2,947 7.6%
1940 2,873 −2.5%
1950 2,792 −2.8%
1960 2,744 −1.7%
1970 2,653 −3.3%
1980 2,661 0.3%
1990 2,516 −5.4%
2000 2,440 −3.0%
2010 2,269 −7.0%
2020 2,108 −7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,269 people, 977 households, and 631 families residing in the city. The population density was 724.9 inhabitants per square mile (279.9/km2). There were 1,217 housing units at an average density of 388.8 per square mile (150.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.0% White, 0.5% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.5% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.

There were 977 households, of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.4% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the city was 43.1 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 22.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.


The community is served by Chaparral USD 361 public school district. USD 361 was created through school unification that consolidated Anthony and Harper schools.

Both Anthony and Harper have elementary schools. The district high school, Chaparral High School, is located halfway between the two towns. The Chaparral High School mascot is Roadrunners.

Anthony High School was closed through school unification. The Anthony High School mascot was Pirates.

Notable people

  • Dennis Moore, Congressman, 3rd District Kansas 1999–2011, born in Anthony.
  • Virgil A. Richard, United States Army general, was born in Anthony.
  • Neal Patterson, American businessman who was CEO of Cerner Corporation (medical software company) and owner of the Sporting Kansas City soccer team

See also

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