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Bird City, Kansas
Location within Cheyenne County and Kansas
Location within Cheyenne County and Kansas
KDOT map of Cheyenne County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Cheyenne
Founded 1885
Incorporated 1885
Named for Benjamin Bird
Area
 • Total 2.27 sq mi (5.87 km2)
 • Land 2.27 sq mi (5.87 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
3,461 ft (1,055 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 437
 • Density 192.5/sq mi (74.45/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67731
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-06825
GNIS ID 470980

Bird City is a city in Cheyenne County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 437.

History

Bird City was founded in 1885. It was named for Benjamin Bird, a cattleman. The surrounding area was originally used predominately for livestock grazing.

Bird City was a station and shipping point on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.

Geography

Bird City is located at 39°45′3″N 101°32′1″W / 39.75083°N 101.53361°W / 39.75083; -101.53361 (39.750950, -101.533480). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.23 square miles (5.78 km2), all land.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bird City has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 145
1900 88 −39.3%
1910 190 115.9%
1920 489 157.4%
1930 740 51.3%
1940 694 −6.2%
1950 784 13.0%
1960 678 −13.5%
1970 671 −1.0%
1980 546 −18.6%
1990 467 −14.5%
2000 482 3.2%
2010 447 −7.3%
2020 437 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 447 people, 211 households, and 118 families residing in the city. The population density was 200.4 inhabitants per square mile (77.4/km2). There were 264 housing units at an average density of 118.4 per square mile (45.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.4% Native American, 0.9% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.0% of the population.

There were 211 households, of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 0.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.1% were non-families. 40.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 47.4 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.9% were from 25 to 44; 26.1% were from 45 to 64; and 25.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

Popular culture

Danna Nelson, the 1986 homecoming queen from Bird City appeared as a guest on Late Night with David Letterman. Host David Letterman chatted with her among other guests for the evening.

Education

Bird City is served by Cheylin USD 103. School unification consolidated Bird City and McDonald schools in 1975 creating USD 103. The Cheylin High School mascot is Cheylin Cougars.

Bird City High School was closed through school unification. The Bird City High School mascot was Cardinals.

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