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Esbon, Kansas
Location within Jewell County and Kansas
Location within Jewell County and Kansas
KDOT map of Jewell County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Jewell
Founded 1870s
Platted 1873
Incorporated 1904
 • Total 0.28 sq mi (0.73 km2)
 • Land 0.28 sq mi (0.73 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,844 ft (562 m)
 • Total 69
 • Density 246/sq mi (94.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-21600
GNIS ID 471981

Esbon is a city in Jewell County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 69.


Esbon was laid out in 1873. It was incorporated as a city in 1904.

The first post office in Esbon was established in January 1874.

Esbon was a shipping point on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad.


Esbon is located at 39°49′22″N 98°26′2″W / 39.82278°N 98.43389°W / 39.82278; -98.43389 (39.822656, -98.433762). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.31 square miles (0.80 km2), all of it land.

The town lies 2.5 miles north of U.S. Route 36, and 13 miles west of Mankato, the county seat of Jewell County.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 347
1920 375 8.1%
1930 319 −14.9%
1940 292 −8.5%
1950 278 −4.8%
1960 237 −14.7%
1970 206 −13.1%
1980 234 13.6%
1990 167 −28.6%
2000 148 −11.4%
2010 99 −33.1%
2020 69 −30.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 99 people, 52 households, and 24 families living in the city. The population density was 319.4 inhabitants per square mile (123.3/km2). There were 84 housing units at an average density of 271.0 per square mile (104.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.9% White, 1.0% African American, 3.0% Native American, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 52 households, of which 19.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 1.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 53.8% were non-families. 48.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.90 and the average family size was 2.67.

The median age in the city was 52.3 years. 19.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.2% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 30.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 54.5% male and 45.5% female.


The community has a Roman Catholic church (Sacred Heart), a United Methodist Church, and a Church of Christ.


The primary business enterprise of the town is a grain elevator at the north end of Grand Avenue. Farming is the principal occupation in the area around Esbon.


The community is served by Rock Hills USD 107 public school district. Esbon became a part of Rock Hills USD 107 located in Mankato in 2006 as the district was formed that year by the consolidation of White Rock USD 104 and Mankato USD 278. The Rock Hills High School mascot is Grizzlies. Esbon had an elementary school and high school until 1983. The Esbon High School mascot was Esbon Tigers.

The Esbon Tigers won the Kansas State High School boys class B Track & Field championship in 1947.

School unification consolidated Esbon and Burr Oak schools forming White Rock schools in 1983. Esbon was home of White Rock Middle school located at 203 Grand Ave. The White Rock elementary school and high school were located in Burr Oak. White Rock High School's mascot was the Eagles.

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