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Argonia, Kansas
Home of Susanna M. Salter,first female mayor in the United States
Home of Susanna M. Salter,
first female mayor in the United States
Location within Sumner County and Kansas
Location within Sumner County and Kansas
KDOT map of Sumner County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Sumner
Founded 1881
Incorporated 1885
Named for Argo
Area
 • Total 0.70 sq mi (1.82 km2)
 • Land 0.70 sq mi (1.82 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,257 ft (383 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 456
 • Density 651/sq mi (250.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67004
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-02250
GNIS ID 470186

Argonia is a city in Sumner County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 456.

History

Argonia was founded in 1881. It was named for the ship Argo in Greek mythology. In 1887, Susanna M. Salter became the first woman to win political office in United States history when she was elected Mayor of Argonia as a member of the Prohibition Party.

Geography

Argonia is located at 37°15′55″N 97°45′58″W / 37.26528°N 97.76611°W / 37.26528; -97.76611 (37.265299, -97.766123). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.66 square miles (1.71 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 376
1900 309 −17.8%
1910 466 50.8%
1920 478 2.6%
1930 546 14.2%
1940 532 −2.6%
1950 562 5.6%
1960 553 −1.6%
1970 591 6.9%
1980 587 −0.7%
1990 529 −9.9%
2000 534 0.9%
2010 501 −6.2%
2020 456 −9.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 501 people, 216 households, and 135 families living in the city. The population density was 759.1 inhabitants per square mile (293.1/km2). There were 244 housing units at an average density of 369.7 per square mile (142.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 0.8% African American, 0.6% Native American, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 216 households, of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.5% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 25.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% were from 25 to 44; 22.6% were from 45 to 64; and 19% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

Education

The community is served by Argonia USD 359 public school district.

The Argonia Red Raiders of Argonia High School won the following Kansas State High School championships:

  • 1969 Boys Basketball - Class 1A
  • 2011 Girls Basketball - Class 1A-II

Notable people

  • Susanna M. Salter was elected mayor of Argonia in 1887, becoming the first woman elected mayor in the United States.
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