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Dwight, Kansas
Location within Morris County and Kansas
Location within Morris County and Kansas
KDOT map of Morris County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Morris
Founded 1887
Incorporated 1905
Named for Dwight Rathbone
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
Area
 • Total 0.36 sq mi (0.94 km2)
 • Land 0.36 sq mi (0.94 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,499 ft (457 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 217
 • Density 603/sq mi (230.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66849
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-19125
GNIS ID 485452

Dwight is a city in Morris County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 217.

History

Dwight had its start in the year 1887 by the building of the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway through that territory. It was named for Dwight Rathbone, the owner of the original town site. Dwight was incorporated as a city in 1903.

The Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway was foreclosed in 1891 and taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980 and reorganized as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad, merged in 1988 with Missouri Pacific Railroad, merged in 1997 with Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".

A post office was established in Dwight on March 19, 1887.

Geography

Dwight is located at 38°50′41″N 96°35′42″W / 38.844602°N 96.594935°W / 38.844602; -96.594935 (38.844602, -96.594935). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.37 square miles (0.96 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 298
1920 246 −17.4%
1930 334 35.8%
1940 295 −11.7%
1950 281 −4.7%
1960 281 0.0%
1970 322 14.6%
1980 320 −0.6%
1990 365 14.1%
2000 330 −9.6%
2010 272 −17.6%
2020 217 −20.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 272 people, 117 households, and 79 families residing in the city. The population density was 735.1 inhabitants per square mile (283.8/km2). There were 136 housing units at an average density of 367.6 per square mile (141.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.0% White, 1.5% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.8% of the population.

There were 117 households, of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.5% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 45.1 years. 21.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 10% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 23.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.

Education

The community is served by Morris County USD 417 public school district. The district high school is Council Grove High School.

Dwight schools were closed through school unification. The Dwight Rockets won the Kansas State High School boys class BB basketball championship in 1966 and 1967.

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