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Attica, Kansas
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 1884
Incorporated 1885
Named for Attica
 • Total 0.63 sq mi (1.64 km2)
 • Land 0.63 sq mi (1.64 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,457 ft (444 m)
 • Total 516
 • Density 819/sq mi (314.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-03100
GNIS ID 470507

Attica is a city in Harper County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 516. The town was named after the historical region of Attica, in Greece.


Land for the City of Attica was purchased in late June, 1884 and became the end of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. The town was incorporated later, on February 16, 1885, with a population of 1,500 people. The population grew further until the Cherokee Outlet in northern Oklahoma was opened by a Land run in 1893, at which point many people moved south to that territory.

Most of Attica is in Section 3 of Township 32 South of Range 9 West (S3-T32S-R9W) of the 6th Principal Meridian. The land for Attica was purchased from the Osage Land Trust, which also held the surrounding farmland. According to documents from Attica, the Osage Land Trust was held by the US government for the Osage tribe. Settlers could buy tracts of 160 acres (quarter-sections) for $1.25 / acre, and the money would go to the tribe. For reference, some of that land sold in 1909 for $12/acre.

On May 12, 2004, the town was damaged by an F4 tornado that was featured on an episode of Shockwave on the History Channel.


Attica is located at 37°14′32″N 98°13′39″W / 37.24222°N 98.22750°W / 37.24222; -98.22750 (37.242124, -98.227489). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2), all of it land.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 553
1900 311 −43.8%
1910 737 137.0%
1920 744 0.9%
1930 756 1.6%
1940 708 −6.3%
1950 622 −12.1%
1960 845 35.9%
1970 639 −24.4%
1980 730 14.2%
1990 716 −1.9%
2000 636 −11.2%
2010 626 −1.6%
2020 516 −17.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 626 people, 246 households, and 155 families residing in the city. The population density was 978.1 inhabitants per square mile (377.6/km2). There were 298 housing units at an average density of 465.6 per square mile (179.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.7% White, 0.8% African American, 1.4% Native American, 1.3% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.

There were 246 households, of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.0% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 42 years. 24.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.1% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 25.2% 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 Attica USD 511 public school district. The Attica High School mascot is Bulldogs.

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