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Brownell, Kansas
Location within Ness County and Kansas
Location within Ness County and Kansas
KDOT map of Ness County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ness
Founded 1880s
Incorporated 1927
Named for Mr. Brownell
 • Total 0.20 sq mi (0.51 km2)
 • Land 0.20 sq mi (0.51 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,412 ft (735 m)
 • Total 23
 • Density 115/sq mi (45.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-08675
GNIS ID 475380

Brownell is a city in Ness County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 23.


Brownell was a station on the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The community was named for one Mr. Brownell, a railroad official.

The first post office in Brownell was established in 1880, but the post office was called Vansburgh until 1888.


Brownell is located at 38°38′23″N 99°44′45″W / 38.63972°N 99.74583°W / 38.63972; -99.74583 (38.639630, -99.745801). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.20 square miles (0.52 km2), all 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, Brownell has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 207
1940 162 −21.7%
1950 211 30.2%
1960 118 −44.1%
1970 98 −16.9%
1980 92 −6.1%
1990 44 −52.2%
2000 48 9.1%
2010 29 −39.6%
2020 23 −20.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 29 people, 16 households, and 8 families residing in the city. The population density was 145.0 inhabitants per square mile (56.0/km2). There were 38 housing units at an average density of 190.0 per square mile (73.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 16 households, of which 12.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, and 50.0% were non-families. 50.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.81 and the average family size was 2.63.

The median age in the city was 59.5 years. 17.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 0.0% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 10.3% were from 25 to 44; 37.8% were from 45 to 64; and 34.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 58.6% male and 41.4% female.

Parks and Recreation


The community is served by Western Plains USD 106 public school district. The Western Plains High School mascot is Bobcats.

Brownell became a part of the Ransom school district in 1960. The Brownell School closed in 1969. USD 106 formed in 2004 by the consolidation of Ransom USD 302 and Bazine USD 304.

Notable people

  • Elon Hogsett, Major League Baseball pitcher

See also

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