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Glen Elder, Kansas
Glen Elder Statue of Liberty (2017)
Glen Elder Statue of Liberty (2017)
Location within Mitchell County and Kansas
Location within Mitchell County and Kansas
KDOT map of Mitchell County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Mitchell
Founded 1871
Incorporated 1879
 • Total 0.44 sq mi (1.13 km2)
 • Land 0.44 sq mi (1.13 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,437 ft (438 m)
 • Total 362
 • Density 823/sq mi (320.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-26500
GNIS ID 472182

Glen Elder is a city in Mitchell County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 362.


Glen Elder was originally known as West Hampton, and under the latter name was laid out and platted in 1871 by promoters who built a large gristmill at the site. The town later adopted the name Glen Elder when the post office of that name was moved there from its former location a half mile north. Glen Elder was named from a grove of box elder trees.


Glen Elder is located at 39°29′59″N 98°18′27″W / 39.499714°N 98.307509°W / 39.499714; -98.307509 (39.499714, -98.307509). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.44 square miles (1.14 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 165
1890 407 146.7%
1900 481 18.2%
1910 565 17.5%
1920 615 8.8%
1930 617 0.3%
1940 555 −10.0%
1950 582 4.9%
1960 444 −23.7%
1970 422 −5.0%
1980 491 16.4%
1990 448 −8.8%
2000 439 −2.0%
2010 445 1.4%
2020 362 −18.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 445 people, 193 households, and 129 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,011.4 inhabitants per square mile (390.5/km2). There were 250 housing units at an average density of 568.2 per square mile (219.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.4% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.9% Asian, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 193 households, of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.2% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 41.2 years. 27% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 18.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.1% male and 49.9% female.

Parks and Recreation


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 Cawker City High School with Glen Elder High School in 1971 forming Waconda East High School. The Waconda East High School mascot was Vikings. Waconda East High School was then unified with Downs High School in 2003 forming USD 272.

Glen Elder High School was closed through school unification. The Glen Elder High School mascot was Glen Elder Bearcats.

The district previously operated Glen Elder Elementary School and Glen Elder Junior High School.

See also

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