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Coordinates: 37°35′N 101°20′W / 37.583°N 101.333°W / 37.583; -101.333

Grant 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 20, 1873
Seat Ulysses
Largest City Ulysses
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

575 sq mi (1,489 km²)
575 sq mi (1,489 km²)
0.3 sq mi (1 km²), 0.06%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

7,829
14/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Ulysses S. Grant

Grant County (county code GT) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 7,829. Its county seat and only city is Ulysses.

History

In 1873, the part of Kansas west of Range 25 was divided into 25 new counties. The new counties were Decatur, Rawlins, Cheyenne, Sheridan, Thomas, Sherman, Lane, Buffalo, Foote, Meade, Scott, Sequoyah, Arapahoe, Seward, Wichita, Kearny, Greeley, Hamilton, Stanton, Kansas, Stevens, and Grant.

Grant County, Kansas was named after Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877), and incumbent president at the time of the county's formation. The initial survey establishing county boundaries was in the summer of 1874.

In 1883, Kearny, Sequoyah, Arapahoe, Kansas, Stevens, Meade, Clark and Grant counties disappeared. Hamilton, Ford, Seward, and Hodgeman counties enlarged and Finney County was created. Grant County was split with the western portion becoming a part of Hamilton County and the eastern portion becoming a part of the newly created Finney County.

On June 9, 1888, Grant County was again established as a Kansas county, with original county boundaries, with the first officers of the new Grant County being sworn in on June 18, 1888.

Grant county kansas map 1905 MSTR
Legend: Green Lines = present highways, Purple circles = springs, at least in wet years, Blue = creeks, major ravines, & river basins, Gold dot triangles = Indian camps, burial sites, Red 1 = Military Redoubt, Red 2 = "Old" Ulysses. Red 3 = Surprise-Tilden, Red 4 = Cincinnati-Appomattox, Red 5 = Lawson, Red 6 = Waterford, Red 7 = Zionville, Red 8 = Golden, Red 9 = Spanish sword found, Red 10 = Shockeyville, Red 11 = "New" Ulysses

In October 1888, the county seat election for Grant County resulted in victory for Ulysses, Kansas, election results were:.

Ulysses = 578
Appomattox = 268
Shockeyville = 41
Golden = 31
Spurgeon = 2

Early Day Settlements

  • "Old" Ulysses, subsequently moved to New Ulysses in 1909
  • Surprise-Tilden
  • Cincinnati-Appomattox
  • Shockey (Shockeyville)
  • Golden
  • Zionville
  • Lawson
  • Waterford
  • Gognac
  • Spurgeon

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 575 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.06%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 160.svg U.S. Highway 160
  • K-25.svg Kansas Highway 25

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,308
1900 422 −67.7%
1910 1,087 157.6%
1920 1,087 0.0%
1930 3,092 184.5%
1940 1,946 −37.1%
1950 4,638 138.3%
1960 5,269 13.6%
1970 5,961 13.1%
1980 6,977 17.0%
1990 7,159 2.6%
2000 7,909 10.5%
2010 7,829 −1.0%
Est. 2015 7,733 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 7,909 people, 2,742 households, and 2,097 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,027 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 77.00% White, 0.86% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.21% Black or African American, 19.46% from other races, and 2.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.67% of the population.

There were 2,742 households out of which 43.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.40% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.50% were non-families. 21.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the county, the population was spread out with 32.80% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 9.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 100.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,854, and the median income for a family was $44,914. Males had a median income of $34,464 versus $22,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,072. About 6.50% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

City

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Grant County is divided into three 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
Lincoln 40725 Ulysses 7,058 19 (49) 372 (144) 0 (0) 0.10% 37°34′26″N 101°20′30″W / 37.57389°N 101.34167°W / 37.57389; -101.34167
Sherman 64975 498 1 (2) 559 (216) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°39′23″N 101°17′59″W / 37.65639°N 101.29972°W / 37.65639; -101.29972
Sullivan 68875 353 1 (2) 558 (215) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°28′12″N 101°18′11″W / 37.47°N 101.30306°W / 37.47; -101.30306
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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