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Chase, Kansas
Location within Rice County and Kansas
Location within Rice County and Kansas
KDOT map of Rice County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Rice
Township Lincoln
Founded 1880
Platted 1880
Incorporated 1902
 • Total 0.28 sq mi (0.72 km2)
 • Land 0.28 sq mi (0.72 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,716 ft (523 m)
 • Total 396
 • Density 1,414/sq mi (550/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-12650
GNIS ID 475794

Chase is a city in Rice County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 396.


Stouffer's Railroad Map of Kansas 1915-1918 Rice County
1915 Railroad Map of Rice County

For millennia, the land now known as Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was secured by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1867, Rice County was founded.

In 1878, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and parties from Marion County and McPherson County chartered the Marion and McPherson Railway Company. In 1879, a branch line was built from Florence to McPherson, in 1880 it was extended to Lyons, in 1881 it was extended to Ellinwood. The line was leased and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The line from Florence to Marion, was abandoned in 1968. In 1992, the line from Marion to McPherson was sold to Central Kansas Railway. In 1993, after heavy flood damage, the line from Marion to McPherson was abandoned. The original branch line connected Florence, Marion, Canada, Hillsboro, Lehigh, Canton, Galva, McPherson, Conway, Windom, Little River, Mitchell, Lyons, Chase, Ellinwood.

Chase was laid out in 1880 when the railroad was extended to that point. The city was named after a railroad official. The first post office in Chase was established in 1881.


Chase is located at 38°21′20″N 98°20′55″W / 38.35556°N 98.34861°W / 38.35556; -98.34861 (38.355682, -98.348743). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.29 square miles (0.75 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, Chase has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 358
1910 263
1920 286 8.7%
1930 278 −2.8%
1940 825 196.8%
1950 961 16.5%
1960 922 −4.1%
1970 800 −13.2%
1980 753 −5.9%
1990 577 −23.4%
2000 490 −15.1%
2010 477 −2.7%
2020 396 −17.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 477 people, 196 households, and 133 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,644.8 inhabitants per square mile (635.1/km2). There were 225 housing units at an average density of 775.9 per square mile (299.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.6% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.8% of the population.

There were 196 households, of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.1% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 38.4 years. 27.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.5% male and 49.5% female.


The community is served by Chase–Raymond USD 401 public school district.

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