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Coordinates: 38°01′N 100°40′W / 38.017°N 100.667°W / 38.017; -100.667

Finney County, Kansas
Map
Map of Kansas highlighting Finney County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the USA highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 22, 1883
Seat Garden City
Largest City Garden City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,303 sq mi (3,375 km²)
1,302 sq mi (3,372 km²)
0.7 sq mi (2 km²), 0.05%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

36,776
28/sq mi (11/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: David W. Finney
Finney County, KS, Historical Museum IMG 5880
Finney County Historical Museum in Garden City is located in Finnup Park.

Finney County (county code FI) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 36,776. Its county seat and most populous city is Garden City.

History

Finney County began about 1880 as Buffalo County and Sequoyah County, named after Sequoyah, the Cherokee Indian responsible for the development of the Cherokee alphabet. The two counties were renamed Finney County in honor of then Lieutenant Governor David Wesley Finney. The county grew to the current shape after Garfield County was annexed to it in 1893. The northeast block, separate from the otherwise rectangular area, represents what at one time was Garfield County, which is now occupied partially by the Garfield Township.

Charles "Buffalo" Jones, a co-founder of Garden City, was the first member of the Kansas House of Representatives from Finney County. He was known for his efforts to preserve the buffalo from extinction.

Between 2007 and 2008 Finney County became majority-minority.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,303 square miles (3,370 km2), of which 1,302 square miles (3,370 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.05%) is water. It is the second-largest county in Kansas by area.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 4,231
1900 3,469 −18.0%
1910 6,908 99.1%
1920 7,674 11.1%
1930 11,014 43.5%
1940 10,092 −8.4%
1950 15,092 49.5%
1960 16,093 6.6%
1970 18,947 17.7%
1980 23,825 25.7%
1990 33,070 38.8%
2000 40,523 22.5%
2010 36,776 −9.2%
Est. 2015 37,118 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

Finney County is included in the Garden City, KS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 Census

As of the U.S. Census in 2010 there were 36,776 people, 12,359 households and 8,903 families residing in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 77.0% White, 2.3% Black or African American, 0.9% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 13.6% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 46.7% of the population.

2000 Census

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 40,523 people, 12,948 households, and 9,749 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 13,763 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.05% White, 1.25% Black or African American, 0.96% Native American, 2.87% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 22.99% from other races, and 2.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 43.30% of the population.

There were 12,948 households out of which 46.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.80% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.70% were non-families. 19.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.55.

In the county, the population was spread out with 34.30% under the age of 18, 11.00% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 16.60% from 45 to 64, and 7.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 104.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,474, and the median income for a family was $42,839. Males had a median income of $29,948 versus $21,510 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,377. About 10.00% of families and 14.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.60% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Finney Co, Ks, USA
2005 KDOT Map of Finney County (map legend)

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

Source:

Townships

Finney County is divided into seven townships. The city of Garden City is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Garden City 25350 7,400 23 (59) 327 (126) 0 (0) 0.11% 37°57′39″N 100°51′22″W / 37.96083°N 100.85611°W / 37.96083; -100.85611
Garfield 25600 331 0 (1) 1,116 (431) 1 (0) 0.09% 38°8′13″N 100°26′47″W / 38.13694°N 100.44639°W / 38.13694; -100.44639
Ivanhoe 34675 666 2 (5) 368 (142) 0 (0) 0% 37°49′10″N 100°51′26″W / 37.81944°N 100.85722°W / 37.81944; -100.85722
Pierceville 55800 551 1 (4) 378 (146) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°53′39″N 100°42′56″W / 37.89417°N 100.71556°W / 37.89417; -100.71556
Pleasant Valley 56550 139 0 (1) 371 (143) 0 (0) 0% 38°10′40″N 100°48′6″W / 38.17778°N 100.80167°W / 38.17778; -100.80167
Sherlock 64800 2,758 7 (17) 419 (162) 0 (0) 0.09% 38°0′32″N 101°0′8″W / 38.00889°N 101.00222°W / 38.00889; -101.00222
Terry 70225 227 1 (2) 371 (143) 0 (0) 0.11% 38°9′22″N 100°59′52″W / 38.15611°N 100.99778°W / 38.15611; -100.99778
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/places2k.html.

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