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Cawker City, Kansas
Water Tower and Downtown (2012)(view from near the Ball of Twine)
Water Tower and Downtown (2012)
(view from near the Ball of Twine)
Location within Mitchell County and Kansas
Location within Mitchell County and Kansas
KDOT map of Mitchell County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Mitchell
Area
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,496 ft (456 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 469
 • Estimate 
(2012)
465
 • Density 469.0/sq mi (181.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67430
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-11175
GNIS feature ID 0472174
Website City Website

Cawker City is a city in Mitchell County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 469. The city is located along the north shore of Waconda Lake and Glen Elder State Park.

It is one of several places claiming to be home of the largest ball of twine in the world.

History

Cawker City was founded in 1870. It was named for one of its founders, E. H. Cawker. Cawker City was incorporated as a city in 1874. The first post office in Cawker City was established in June 1870.

The city previously served many families living on small farms. A resident stated that Cawker City had three grocery stores in the 1960s. By 2017 the community had no grocery stores. Many young adults were leaving too find work elsewhere. In the area family sizes decreased and farm plot sizes increased. These factors caused the community's population to decline.

Geography

Cawker City is located at 39°30′32″N 98°26′2″W / 39.50889°N 98.43389°W / 39.50889; -98.43389 (39.508835, -98.433842). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land. The city is located along the north shore of Waconda Lake.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,039
1890 898 −13.6%
1900 816 −9.1%
1910 870 6.6%
1920 788 −9.4%
1930 739 −6.2%
1940 657 −11.1%
1950 691 5.2%
1960 686 −0.7%
1970 726 5.8%
1980 640 −11.8%
1990 588 −8.1%
2000 521 −11.4%
2010 469 −10.0%
Est. 2015 455 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 469 people, 244 households, and 132 families residing in the city. The population density was 469.0 inhabitants per square mile (181.1/km2). There were 315 housing units at an average density of 315.0 per square mile (121.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.0% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 244 households of which 19.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.9% were non-families. 41.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.52.

The median age in the city was 50.1 years. 18.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.9% were from 25 to 44; 32.4% were from 45 to 64; and 26.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.4% male and 48.6% female.

2000 census

A292, Cawker City, Kansas, USA, green and yellow tractor, 2008
Colorful old tractor at a closed service station (2008)

As of the census of 2000, there were 521 people, 261 households, and 151 families residing in the city. The population density was 525.9 people per square mile (203.2/km²). There were 335 housing units at an average density of 338.2 per square mile (130.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.50% White, 0.19% African American, 1.73% Native American, 0.38% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 261 households out of which 17.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the city, the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 29.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,833, and the median income for a family was $30,769. Males had a median income of $25,893 versus $17,813 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,693. About 12.3% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.7% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions

TwineBallCawkerKs
Largest community rolled ball of twine (2013)
  • Cawker City is one of several places claiming to be home of the largest ball of twine in the world. Each year a twine-a-thon is held in August to increase the size of the ball.
  • Waconda Lake
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