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Delphos, Kansas
Location within Ottawa County and Kansas
Location within Ottawa County and Kansas
KDOT map of Ottawa County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ottawa
Founded 1867
Incorporated 1884
Named for Delphos, Ohio
Area
 • Total 0.62 sq mi (1.60 km2)
 • Land 0.59 sq mi (1.53 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
Elevation
1,303 ft (397 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 302
 • Density 487/sq mi (188.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67436
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-17600
GNIS ID 476142

Delphos is a city in Ottawa County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 302. The community was named after Delphos, Ohio.

History

Delphos was founded in 1867 by Levi and Dan Yockey. The two brothers moved to the area from Delphos, Ohio and named the new community for their hometown. Many settlers came to the area looking for a fresh start after the Civil War.

Geography

Delphos is located at 39°16′29″N 97°45′59″W / 39.27472°N 97.76639°W / 39.27472; -97.76639 (39.274770, -97.766377). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2), of which, 0.62 square miles (1.61 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.

The city is located on the Solomon River and is six miles west of U.S. Route 81.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 256
1890 561 119.1%
1900 648 15.5%
1910 767 18.4%
1920 870 13.4%
1930 678 −22.1%
1940 714 5.3%
1950 676 −5.3%
1960 619 −8.4%
1970 599 −3.2%
1980 570 −4.8%
1990 494 −13.3%
2000 469 −5.1%
2010 359 −23.5%
2020 302 −15.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

Delphos is part of the Salina Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 359 people, 161 households, and 104 families residing in the city. The population density was 579.0 inhabitants per square mile (223.6/km2). There were 222 housing units at an average density of 358.1 per square mile (138.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.8% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 161 households, of which 22.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 1.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.4% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.72.

The median age in the city was 48.7 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 25.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

Education

The community is served by North Ottawa County USD 239 public school district.

Delphos schools were closed through school unification. The Delphos High School mascot was Delphos Maroons.

Notable people

  • Grace Bedell, credited with influencing Abraham Lincoln to grow his beard.
  • Archie McKain, Major League baseball pitcher
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