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Garnett, Kansas
Anderson County Courthouse (2009)
Anderson County Courthouse (2009)
Location within Anderson County and Kansas
Location within Anderson County and Kansas
KDOT map of Anderson County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Anderson
Platted 1857
Incorporated 1861
Named for W.A. Garnett
 • Total 3.19 sq mi (8.25 km2)
 • Land 3.08 sq mi (7.98 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)
1,070 ft (330 m)
 • Total 3,415
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,049.64/sq mi (405.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-25925
GNIS ID 477665

Garnett is a city in and the county seat of Anderson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 3,415.


Garnett is located at 38°16′58″N 95°14′27″W / 38.282652°N 95.240906°W / 38.282652; -95.240906 (38.282652, -95.240906). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.20 square miles (8.29 km2), of which 3.10 square miles (8.03 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.

Garnett is famous for its fossil finds from the late Carboniferous period. The lagerstätte is about 300 million years old and contains some of the earliest reptiles on earth.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Garnett has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Garnett was platted in 1857. Garnett is named for W. A. Garnett, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and early promoter of the town of Garnett.

The city includes three places listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Anderson County Courthouse, at 4th and Oak Streets,
  • Sennett and Bertha Kirk House, at 145 W. 4th Ave, and
  • Shelley-Tipton House, at 812 W. 4th St.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,219
1880 1,389 13.9%
1890 2,191 57.7%
1900 2,078 −5.2%
1910 2,334 12.3%
1920 2,329 −0.2%
1930 2,768 18.8%
1940 2,607 −5.8%
1950 2,693 3.3%
1960 3,034 12.7%
1970 3,169 4.4%
1980 3,310 4.4%
1990 3,210 −3.0%
2000 3,368 4.9%
2010 3,415 1.4%
2019 (est.) 3,235 −5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,415 people, 1,419 households, and 862 families living in the city. The population density was 1,101.6 inhabitants per square mile (425.3/km2). There were 1,591 housing units at an average density of 513.2 per square mile (198.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.7% White, 0.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 1,419 households, of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.3% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 40.9 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 22.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.


Garnett, Kansas (circa 1900-1919)
Public square, circa 1900-1919



The area has one railroad, six freight lines and six interstate carriers.


Garnett is at the crossroads of U.S. Route 59, U.S. Route 169 and K-31. Interstate 35 is located 19 miles north of here and Interstate 70 is approximately 50 miles away.


The Garnett Industrial Airport is located along U.S. 169. The nearest international air service is at the Kansas City International Airport, 90 miles away.


There is a bike path at Prairie Spirit Trail State Park, reusing the former Santa Fe Railroad through Garnett.


The community is served by Garnett USD 365 public school district, and operates Garnett Elementary School and Anderson County Junior-Senior High School in Garnett.

Prior to school unification, the Garnett High School mascot was Bulldogs. The Anderson County High School mascot is also Bulldogs.

Notable people

  • Sam Brownback, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, former Governor of Kansas and former member of Congress
  • Arthur Capper, former Governor of Kansas and US Senator
  • Edgar Masters, poet, lawyer and playwright
  • P. Thomas Thornbrugh, currently a judge on the Oklahoma Civil Appeals Court, was born in Garnett
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