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Coordinates: 38°14′N 95°44′W / 38.233°N 95.733°W / 38.233; -95.733

Coffey County, Kansas
Map

Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the USA highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded August 25, 1855
Seat Burlington
Largest City Burlington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

654 sq mi (1,694 km²)
627 sq mi (1,624 km²)
27 sq mi (70 km²), 4.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

8,601
14/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Asbury M. Coffey

Coffey County (county code CF) is a county located in Eastern Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 8,601. Its county seat and most populous city is Burlington.

History

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 1855, Coffey County was established.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 654 square miles (1,690 km2), of which 627 square miles (1,620 km2) is land and 27 square miles (70 km2) (4.2%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Sources: National Atlas, U.S. Census Bureau

  • Interstate 35
  • U.S. Route 50
  • U.S. Route 75
  • K-31
  • K-58

National protected area

  • Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,842
1870 6,201 118.2%
1880 11,438 84.5%
1890 15,856 38.6%
1900 16,643 5.0%
1910 15,205 −8.6%
1920 14,254 −6.3%
1930 13,653 −4.2%
1940 12,278 −10.1%
1950 10,408 −15.2%
1960 8,403 −19.3%
1970 7,397 −12.0%
1980 9,370 26.7%
1990 8,404 −10.3%
2000 8,865 5.5%
2010 8,601 −3.0%
Est. 2015 8,384 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

Coffey County's population was estimated to be 8,701 in the year 2006, a decrease of 179, or −2.0%, over the previous six years.

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 8,865 people, 3,489 households, and 2,477 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,876 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.95% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 3,489 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,839, and the median income for a family was $44,912. Males had a median income of $31,356 versus $20,666 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,337. About 5.00% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.00% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Coffey County is divided into fourteen townships. The city of Burlington 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
Avon 03550 183 2 (6) 80 (31) 0 (0) 0.40% 38°10′1″N 95°35′16″W / 38.16694°N 95.58778°W / 38.16694; -95.58778
Burlington 09425 300 4 (10) 81 (31) 0 (0) 0.48% 38°10′40″N 95°45′18″W / 38.17778°N 95.755°W / 38.17778; -95.755
Hampden 29775 114 2 (5) 56 (22) 20 (8) 26.43% 38°12′14″N 95°42′10″W / 38.20389°N 95.70278°W / 38.20389; -95.70278
Key West 36650 237 2 (5) 123 (48) 1 (0) 0.68% 38°23′53″N 95°44′50″W / 38.39806°N 95.74722°W / 38.39806; -95.74722
Le Roy 39675 669 12 (32) 54 (21) 0 (0) 0.39% 38°5′2″N 95°38′5″W / 38.08389°N 95.63472°W / 38.08389; -95.63472
Liberty 39925 634 3 (9) 186 (72) 1 (0) 0.57% 38°6′0″N 95°53′7″W / 38.1°N 95.88528°W / 38.1; -95.88528
Lincoln 40550 1,268 7 (18) 181 (70) 3 (1) 1.60% 38°23′24″N 95°52′34″W / 38.39°N 95.87611°W / 38.39; -95.87611
Neosho 49750 140 1 (3) 124 (48) 0 (0) 0.34% 38°5′38″N 95°44′1″W / 38.09389°N 95.73361°W / 38.09389; -95.73361
Ottumwa 53700 740 6 (16) 122 (47) 15 (6) 11.06% 38°16′54″N 95°44′34″W / 38.28167°N 95.74278°W / 38.28167; -95.74278
Pleasant 56225 272 2 (4) 158 (61) 18 (7) 10.40% 38°13′57″N 95°53′38″W / 38.2325°N 95.89389°W / 38.2325; -95.89389
Pottawatomie 57200 217 2 (4) 140 (54) 1 (0) 0.87% 38°17′28″N 95°35′20″W / 38.29111°N 95.58889°W / 38.29111; -95.58889
Rock Creek 60500 1,025 7 (19) 140 (54) 1 (1) 1.00% 38°24′4″N 95°35′26″W / 38.40111°N 95.59056°W / 38.40111; -95.59056
Spring Creek 67375 118 1 (3) 90 (35) 1 (0) 0.76% 38°5′31″N 95°34′50″W / 38.09194°N 95.58056°W / 38.09194; -95.58056
Star 68000 158 2 (5) 90 (35) 1 (0) 1.15% 38°13′40″N 95°36′27″W / 38.22778°N 95.6075°W / 38.22778; -95.6075
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/places2k.html.

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