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Greeley County
Consolidated city-county
Greeley County Courthouse in Tribune (2010)
Greeley County Courthouse in Tribune (2010)
Map of Kansas highlighting Greeley County
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Kansas
Founded March 20, 1873
Named for Horace Greeley
Seat Tribune
Largest city Tribune
 • Total 778 sq mi (2,020 km2)
 • Land 778 sq mi (2,020 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)  0.0%%
 • Total 1,284
 • Density 1.7/sq mi (0.7/km2)
Time zone UTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district 1st

Greeley County (county code GL) is a county located in western Kansas, in the Central United States. Its county seat and largest city is Tribune. As of the 2020 census, the population was 1,284, the least populous county in Kansas. As of 2018, it is tied with Wallace County as the least densely populated County in the state. 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".


Early history

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.


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


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%
2020 1,284 3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

As of the 2000 census, 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 (0.4/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.


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


Unincorporated community


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
Population Population
/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


Unified school districts

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