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Claflin, Kansas
Former Missouri Pacific Railroad depot in Claflin (1900)
Former Missouri Pacific Railroad depot in Claflin (1900)
Location within Barton County and Kansas
Location within Barton County and Kansas
KDOT map of Barton County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Barton
Founded 1887
Incorporated 1901
 • Total 0.33 sq mi (0.84 km2)
 • Land 0.33 sq mi (0.84 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,811 ft (552 m)
 • Total 562
 • Density 1,703/sq mi (669/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-13425
GNIS ID 475531

Claflin is a city in Barton County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 562.


Claflin was first settled in 1887 after the Missouri Pacific Railroad was extended to that point. The city was incorporated in 1901. Claflin is the maiden name of the wife of an early settler.


Claflin is located at 38°31′30″N 98°32′14″W / 38.524996°N 98.537128°W / 38.524996; -98.537128 (38.524996, -98.537128). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.33 square miles (0.85 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 554
1920 648 17.0%
1930 607 −6.3%
1940 747 23.1%
1950 921 23.3%
1960 891 −3.3%
1970 887 −0.4%
1980 764 −13.9%
1990 678 −11.3%
2000 705 4.0%
2010 645 −8.5%
2020 562 −12.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 645 people, 267 households, and 175 families living in the city. The population density was 1,954.5 inhabitants per square mile (754.6/km2). There were 299 housing units at an average density of 906.1 per square mile (349.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.

There were 267 households, of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.5% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.1% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.


The community is served by Central Plains USD 112 public school district. The Central Plains High School mascot is the "Oilers" and current principal is Toby Holmes.

Prior to a consolidation, the school and mascot were known as the Claflin High School "Wildcats".

As the Claflin Wildcats, they won the Kansas State High School 8-Man DII football championship in 1991 and 1992 as well as the 2-1A football championship in 1997, 1998 and 1999. The Central Plains Oilers won the Kansas State High School 8-Man DI football championship in 2014, and again in 2018 after an undefeated season, finishing 13–0 with the Kansas State Ranking of #1 for their classification, and a National ranking of #8 in the country.

Notable people

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