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Latimer, Kansas
Location within Morris County and Kansas
Location within Morris County and Kansas
KDOT map of Morris County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Morris
Founded 1883
Incorporated 1929
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
Area
 • Total 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
 • Land 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,417 ft (432 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 31
 • Density 520/sq mi (207/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-38800
GNIS ID 477001

Latimer is a city in Morris County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 31.

History

Latimer was originally called Far West, and under the latter name was founded in about 1883. It was renamed Latimer in 1888. Latimer was the name of one of the town's founders.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a main line from Topeka through Latimer to Herington. The Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway was foreclosed in 1891 and 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 post office in Latimer was discontinued in 1961.

Geography

Latimer is located at 38°44′16″N 96°50′46″W / 38.73778°N 96.84611°W / 38.73778; -96.84611 (38.737844, -96.846059). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 124
1940 84 −32.3%
1950 34 −59.5%
1960 40 17.6%
1970 29 −27.5%
1980 31 6.9%
1990 20 −35.5%
2000 21 5.0%
2010 20 −4.8%
2020 31 55.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 20 people, 9 households, and 5 families residing in the city. The population density was 222.2 inhabitants per square mile (85.8/km2). There were 11 housing units at an average density of 122.2 per square mile (47.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.0% White.

There were 9 households, of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, and 44.4% were non-families. 44.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 3.20.

The median age in the city was 46 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 15% were from 25 to 44; 40% were from 45 to 64; and 15% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

Education

The community is served by Rural Vista USD 481 public school district.

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