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Coordinates: 39°29′N 97°39′W / 39.483°N 97.65°W / 39.483; -97.65

Cloud County, Kansas
Map
Map of Kansas highlighting Cloud County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the USA highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 27, 1867
Seat Concordia
Largest City Concordia
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

718 sq mi (1,860 km²)
715 sq mi (1,852 km²)
2.6 sq mi (7 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

9,533
13/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: William F. Cloud

Cloud County (county code CD) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 9,533. Its county seat and most populous city is Concordia.

History

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

Early history

See also: History of Kansas

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1867, Cloud County was established.

Cloud county was originally named "Shirley" county. It was then renamed "Cloud" county in honor of Colonel William F. Cloud.

Cloud County was formed from the existing Washington County, Kansas in a joint convention with Republic and Cloud counties. The county was legally organized on September 6, 1866 with Elk Creek designated as the temporary county seat.

In 1887, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a branch line from Neva (3 miles west of Strong City) to Superior, Nebraska. This branch line connected Strong City, Neva, Rockland, Diamond Springs, Burdick, Lost Springs, Jacobs, Hope, Navarre, Enterprise, Abilene, Talmage, Manchester, Longford, Oak Hill, Miltonvale, Aurora, Huscher, Concordia, Kackley, Courtland, Webber, Superior. At some point, the line from Neva to Lost Springs was pulled but the right of way has not been abandoned. This branch line was originally called "Strong City and Superior line" but later the name was shortened to the "Strong City line". In 1996, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway merged with Burlington Northern Railroad and renamed to the current BNSF Railway. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Santa Fe".

Geography

Map of Cloud Co, Ks, USA
2005 KDOT Map of Cloud County (map legend)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 715 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Geographic features

The Republican River passes through the county, entering from Republic County to the north and exiting to Clay County to the east. The Solomon River traverses the southwestern portion of the county, going from Mitchell County to Ottawa County. Jamestown Lake lies partially in the northwestern part of the county and partially in southwestern Republic county.

Major highways

Cloud County is bisected from north to south by U.S. Route 81, which runs through the town of Concordia and connects north to Belleville, Kansas or south to Salina, Kansas. The southern part of the county also has U.S. Route 24, connecting Clay Center, Kansas from the east and Beloit, Kansas to the west.

There are four other state highways in the county: K-9, K-28, K-189, and K-194.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,323
1880 15,343 560.5%
1890 19,295 25.8%
1900 18,071 −6.3%
1910 18,388 1.8%
1920 17,714 −3.7%
1930 18,006 1.6%
1940 17,247 −4.2%
1950 16,104 −6.6%
1960 14,407 −10.5%
1970 13,466 −6.5%
1980 12,494 −7.2%
1990 11,023 −11.8%
2000 10,268 −6.8%
2010 9,533 −7.2%
Est. 2015 9,219 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 10,268 people, 4,163 households, and 2,697 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 4,838 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.30% White, 0.34% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

There were 4,163 households out of which 27.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.10% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.20% were non-families. 30.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.40% under the age of 18, 10.40% from 18 to 24, 21.90% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 23.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,758, and the median income for a family was $39,745. Males had a median income of $27,166 versus $20,114 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,536. About 6.40% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.10% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Cloud County is divided into eighteen townships. The city of Concordia is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Arion 02275 105 1 (3) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.06% 39°28′28″N 97°44′42″W / 39.47444°N 97.745°W / 39.47444; -97.745
Aurora 03450 169 2 (5) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°26′27″N 97°32′2″W / 39.44083°N 97.53389°W / 39.44083; -97.53389
Buffalo 09100 119 1 (3) 112 (43) 1 (0) 0.46% 39°35′12″N 97°45′13″W / 39.58667°N 97.75361°W / 39.58667; -97.75361
Center 11625 172 1 (3) 141 (54) 0 (0) 0% 39°26′51″N 97°38′45″W / 39.4475°N 97.64583°W / 39.4475; -97.64583
Colfax 14775 49 1 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°26′6″N 97°25′19″W / 39.435°N 97.42194°W / 39.435; -97.42194
Elk 20150 845 12 (30) 72 (28) 1 (0) 1.08% 39°35′51″N 97°24′16″W / 39.5975°N 97.40444°W / 39.5975; -97.40444
Grant 27525 479 5 (14) 92 (35) 2 (1) 1.75% 39°36′6″N 97°52′7″W / 39.60167°N 97.86861°W / 39.60167; -97.86861
Lawrence 38875 146 2 (4) 93 (36) 1 (0) 1.22% 39°36′18″N 97°32′41″W / 39.605°N 97.54472°W / 39.605; -97.54472
Lincoln 40525 378 6 (16) 61 (24) 1 (0) 1.21% 39°33′20″N 97°39′5″W / 39.55556°N 97.65139°W / 39.55556; -97.65139
Lyon 43425 103 1 (2) 142 (55) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°22′2″N 97°46′20″W / 39.36722°N 97.77222°W / 39.36722; -97.77222
Meredith 45925 77 1 (2) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°21′1″N 97°38′53″W / 39.35028°N 97.64806°W / 39.35028; -97.64806
Nelson 49600 137 2 (4) 91 (35) 0 (0) 0% 39°30′55″N 97°31′36″W / 39.51528°N 97.52667°W / 39.51528; -97.52667
Oakland 51750 52 1 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.15% 39°21′44″N 97°31′44″W / 39.36222°N 97.52889°W / 39.36222; -97.52889
Shirley 65375 178 2 (4) 110 (42) 1 (0) 0.60% 39°32′47″N 97°26′5″W / 39.54639°N 97.43472°W / 39.54639; -97.43472
Sibley 65425 178 2 (5) 92 (35) 1 (1) 1.45% 39°36′54″N 97°42′5″W / 39.615°N 97.70139°W / 39.615; -97.70139
Solomon 66250 664 5 (12) 141 (54) 0 (0) 0% 39°21′49″N 97°51′34″W / 39.36361°N 97.85944°W / 39.36361; -97.85944
Starr 68050 653 7 (18) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.21% 39°20′52″N 97°26′42″W / 39.34778°N 97.445°W / 39.34778; -97.445
Summit 69050 50 0 (1) 139 (54) 0 (0) 0% 39°30′11″N 97°51′59″W / 39.50306°N 97.86639°W / 39.50306; -97.86639
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/places2k.html.

Popular Culture

Cloud County has also been listed as one of the locations for Smallville in the Superman story line.

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