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Coordinates: 38°28′N 101°50′W / 38.467°N 101.833°W / 38.467; -101.833

Greeley 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 Tribune
Largest City Tribune
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

778 sq mi (2,015 km²)
778 sq mi (2,015 km²)
0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.0%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

1,247
1.6/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Named for: Horace Greeley

Greeley County (county code GL) is a county located in western Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,247, which makes it the least populous county in Kansas. Its county seat and largest city is Tribune. The county is named after Horace Greeley of Chappaqua, New York, editor of the New York Tribune. Greeley encouraged western settlement with the motto "Go West, young man".

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 1873, Greeley County was established.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 778 square miles (2,020 km2), all of which is land. It is the largest of five United States counties and twelve (Virginia) independent cities that officially have no water area.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,264
1900 493 −61.0%
1910 1,335 170.8%
1920 1,028 −23.0%
1930 1,712 66.5%
1940 1,638 −4.3%
1950 2,010 22.7%
1960 2,087 3.8%
1970 1,819 −12.8%
1980 1,845 1.4%
1990 1,774 −3.8%
2000 1,534 −13.5%
2010 1,247 −18.7%
Est. 2015 1,330 6.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 1,534 people, 602 households, and 414 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 712 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.09% White, 0.26% Native American, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.07% Asian, 5.22% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.54% of the population.

There were 602 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 4.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.20% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 19.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,605, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $29,018 versus $18,984 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,974. About 8.20% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Cities

Unincorporated community

Townships

Greeley 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
Colony 14975 172 0 (0) 919 (355) 0 (0) 0% 38°28′10″N 101°55′42″W / 38.46944°N 101.92833°W / 38.46944; -101.92833
Harrison 30325 107 0 (1) 511 (197) 0 (0) 0% 38°21′25″N 101°41′14″W / 38.35694°N 101.68722°W / 38.35694; -101.68722
Tribune 71475 Tribune 1,255 2 (6) 586 (226) 0 (0) 0% 38°31′51″N 101°44′36″W / 38.53083°N 101.74333°W / 38.53083; -101.74333
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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