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Cambridge, Kansas
Cambridge IOOF building, Stockman's Cafe
Cambridge IOOF building, Stockman's Cafe
Location within Cowley County and Kansas
Location within Cowley County and Kansas
KDOT map of Cowley County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Cowley
Founded 1880
Incorporated 1916
Named for Cambridge University
 • Total 0.17 sq mi (0.45 km2)
 • Land 0.17 sq mi (0.45 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,250 ft (380 m)
 • Total 92
 • Density 541/sq mi (204/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-10125
GNIS ID 469897

Cambridge is a city in Cowley County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 92.


Like many towns in Kansas, Cambridge owes its existence to a railroad. When the Kansas City, Lawrence & Southern Railroad was built a mile south of Lazette, a new site was organized by Benjamin H. Clover and plotted on May 3, 1880 and the town named Cambridge after Cambridge University, in England. The first post office in Cambridge was established on January 30, 1880.

On December 15, 1880 the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway acquired nearly all the stock of the Kansas City, Lawrence & Southern Railroad and operated the railroad awhile as the Southern Kansas Railroad. Cambridge was a station and shipping point on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

Cambridge Public Emergency Radio Tower is one of two former emergency transmission facilities built during the Cold War.


Cambridge is located at 37°19′2″N 96°40′2″W / 37.31722°N 96.66722°W / 37.31722; -96.66722 (37.317323, -96.667085). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2), all of it land. Cambridge is located on US Route 160 at State Highway 7. The community is 45 miles southeast of Wichita.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 98
1920 233
1930 277 18.9%
1940 246 −11.2%
1950 221 −10.2%
1960 140 −36.7%
1970 110 −21.4%
1980 113 2.7%
1990 74 −34.5%
2000 103 39.2%
2010 82 −20.4%
2020 92 12.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 82 people, 39 households, and 28 families living in the city. The population density was 482.4 inhabitants per square mile (186.3/km2). There were 58 housing units at an average density of 341.2 per square mile (131.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.8% White and 1.2% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 39 households, of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 2.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.2% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.54.

The median age in the city was 50.5 years. 19.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 1.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.3% were from 25 to 44; 41.5% were from 45 to 64; and 19.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.2% male and 48.8% female.


The community is served by Central USD 462 public school district. The Central High School mascot is Central Raiders. Cambridge High School was known as the Bulldogs.

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