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Damar, Kansas
St. Joseph Catholic Church (2012)
St. Joseph Catholic Church (2012)
Location within Rooks County and Kansas
Location within Rooks County and Kansas
KDOT map of Rooks County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Rooks
Founded 1888
Incorporated 1935
Named for D.M. Marr
 • Total 0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
 • Land 0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,106 ft (642 m)
 • Total 112
 • Density 589/sq mi (229/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-16975
GNIS ID 472364

Damar is a city in Rooks County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 112.


Damar was established along the Union Pacific Railroad in 1888 by a community of French Canadians. The community had emigrated from Canada as early as 1871, settling on farms along the Rooks County-Graham County line in northwest Kansas.

The nearby Enfield Post Office was relocated to Damar in 1894.

St. Joseph Catholic Church was constructed in 1912. The church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

In 1920, Damar had three elevators, two implement dealerships, hardware store, lumber yard, dry goods store, grocery stores, barbershop, bank and opera hall.

The Knights of Columbus built the township hall in 1922.


Damar is located at 39°19′9″N 99°35′3″W / 39.31917°N 99.58417°W / 39.31917; -99.58417 (39.319144, -99.584156). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.19 square miles (0.49 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, Damar has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 263
1950 305 16.0%
1960 361 18.4%
1970 245 −32.1%
1980 204 −16.7%
1990 112 −45.1%
2000 155 38.4%
2010 132 −14.8%
2020 112 −15.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 132 people, 58 households, and 34 families residing in the city. The population density was 694.7 inhabitants per square mile (268.2/km2). There were 91 housing units at an average density of 478.9 per square mile (184.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 1.5% Asian, and 0.8% from two or more races.

There were 58 households, of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 3.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.4% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 50 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.3% were from 25 to 44; 34% were from 45 to 64; and 20.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

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The community is served by Palco USD 269 public school district. It has two schools: Damar Elementary School is located in Damar, Palco Jr-Sr High School is located in Palco.

Damar High School was unified with Palco High School in 1974. The Damar High School mascot was the Antelope.

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