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|Named for||William Downs|
|• Total||1.12 sq mi (2.90 km2)|
|• Land||1.12 sq mi (2.90 km2)|
|• Water||0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)|
|Elevation||1,483 ft (452 m)|
|• Density||710/sq mi (276/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
Downs had its start in the year 1879 by the building of the Central Branch Railroad through that territory. It was named for William F. Downs, a railroad official from Atchison. Downs became an incorporated town in December of the same year. In 1910, the city had a population of 1,427. Business included 2 newspapers, a public library, flour mills, grain elevators, and an opera house.
Downs is located at United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land.(39.503305, -98.543500). According to the
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 900 people, 424 households, and 239 families residing in the city. The population density was 900.0 inhabitants per square mile (347.5/km2). There were 508 housing units at an average density of 508.0 per square mile (196.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.6% White, 0.1% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.6% Asian, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.
There were 424 households, of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.6% were non-families. 39.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.68.
The median age in the city was 49.5 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.1% were from 25 to 44; 30.8% were from 45 to 64; and 26% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.
The community is served by Waconda USD 272 public school district. The district elementary school is Lakeside Elementary School in Cawker City. The district high school is Lakeside High School in Downs, with the mascot Knights.
School unification combined Downs and Waconda East schools into USD 272 in 2003. The combined high school became Lakeside Jr./Sr. High School located in Downs.
Downs High School was closed through school unification. The Downs High School mascot was Dragons. The Downs Dragons won the following Kansas State High School championships:
- 1938 Boys Basketball - Class B
- 1950 Boys Basketball - Class B
- 1988 Boys Cross Country - Class 2-1A
Previously the community had Downs Elementary School and Downs Junior High School.
- Francis Schmidt, football and basketball coach
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