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Kechi, Kansas
Location within Sedgwick County and Kansas
Location within Sedgwick County and Kansas
KDOT map of Sedgwick County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Sedgwick
Founded 1880s
Incorporated 1957
Named for Kichai people
Area
 • Total 6.08 sq mi (15.74 km2)
 • Land 6.03 sq mi (15.61 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation
1,381 ft (421 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,217
 • Density 364.6/sq mi (140.85/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67067
Area code 316
FIPS code 20-36225
GNIS ID 473859

Kechi is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 2,217.

History

19th century

Stouffer's Railroad Map of Kansas 1915-1918 Sedgwick County
1915 Railroad Map of Sedgwick County

Kechi was named for the Kichai people.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a branch line north-south from Herington through Kechi to Caldwell. It foreclosed in 1891 and was taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980 and reorganized as Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas Railroad, merged in 1988 with Missouri Pacific Railroad, merged in 1997 with Union Pacific Railroad. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".

The first post office in Kechi was established in 1888.

Geography

Kechi is located at 37°47′43″N 97°16′43″W / 37.795228°N 97.278660°W / 37.795228; -97.278660 (37.795228, -97.278660). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.02 square miles (15.59 km2), of which, 5.97 square miles (15.46 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 245
1970 229 −6.5%
1980 288 25.8%
1990 517 79.5%
2000 1,038 100.8%
2010 1,909 83.9%
2020 2,217 16.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Kechi is part of the Wichita, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,909 people, 701 households, and 566 families living in the city. The population density was 319.8 inhabitants per square mile (123.5/km2). There were 732 housing units at an average density of 122.6 per square mile (47.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.7% White, 5.5% African American, 0.9% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 1.2% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 701 households, of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.0% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.3% were non-families. 15.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the city was 42.6 years. 24.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 36% were from 45 to 64; and 10.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

Education

The city is served by Wichita USD 259 and Valley Center USD 262 public school districts.

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