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Coordinates: 38°55′N 100°29′W / 38.917°N 100.483°W / 38.917; -100.483

Gove County, Kansas
Map

Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the USA highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 11, 1868
Seat Gove City
Largest City Quinter
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,072 sq mi (2,776 km²)
1,072 sq mi (2,776 km²)
0.1 sq mi (0 km²), 0.01%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

2,695
2.5/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Grenville L. Gove

Gove County (county code GO) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 2,695. Its county seat is Gove City, and its most populous city is Quinter.

History

Early history

See also: History of Kansas

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1868, Gove County was established and named for Grenville L. Gove, member of the 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, and son of Moses Gove, a former mayor of Manhattan, Kansas.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 1,072 square miles (2,780 km2), of which 1,072 square miles (2,780 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.01%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,196
1890 2,994 150.3%
1900 2,441 −18.5%
1910 6,044 147.6%
1920 4,748 −21.4%
1930 5,643 18.9%
1940 4,793 −15.1%
1950 4,447 −7.2%
1960 4,107 −7.6%
1970 3,940 −4.1%
1980 3,726 −5.4%
1990 3,231 −13.3%
2000 3,068 −5.0%
2010 2,695 −12.2%
Est. 2015 2,640 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 3,068 people, 1,245 households, and 861 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,423 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.95% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.72% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.24% of the population.

There were 1,245 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.50% were married couples living together, 3.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 22.10% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 22.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,510, and the median income for a family was $40,438. Males had a median income of $26,863 versus $21,357 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,852. About 8.00% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.90% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions

Communities

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

Cities

Unincorporated communities

  • Campus
  • Karli

Townships

Gove County is divided into nine townships. None of the cities within the county are considered governmentally independent, and all figures for the townships include those of the cities. 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
Baker 03775 Quinter 1,357 4 (11) 324 (125) 0 (0) 0% 39°2′18″N 100°13′56″W / 39.03833°N 100.23222°W / 39.03833; -100.23222
Gaeland 25000 46 0 (1) 208 (80) 0 (0) 0% 38°56′21″N 100°44′30″W / 38.93917°N 100.74167°W / 38.93917; -100.74167
Gove 27075 215 1 (2) 301 (116) 0 (0) 0% 38°57′19″N 100°31′44″W / 38.95528°N 100.52889°W / 38.95528; -100.52889
Grainfield 27225 Grainfield 430 2 (6) 184 (71) 0 (0) 0% 39°5′41″N 100°28′28″W / 39.09472°N 100.47444°W / 39.09472; -100.47444
Grinnell 28925 Grinnell 480 2 (4) 320 (123) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°5′50″N 100°41′41″W / 39.09722°N 100.69472°W / 39.09722; -100.69472
Jerome 35425 132 0 (1) 370 (143) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°48′3″N 100°28′45″W / 38.80083°N 100.47917°W / 38.80083; -100.47917
Larrabee 38750 80 0 (1) 371 (143) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°47′24″N 100°15′14″W / 38.79°N 100.25389°W / 38.79; -100.25389
Lewis 39750 13 0 (0) 372 (144) 0 (0) 0% 38°46′23″N 100°43′39″W / 38.77306°N 100.7275°W / 38.77306; -100.7275
Payne 55050 315 1 (3) 324 (125) 0 (0) 0% 39°3′4″N 100°20′42″W / 39.05111°N 100.345°W / 39.05111; -100.345
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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