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Leoti, Kansas
Aerial view of Leoti (2005)
Aerial view of Leoti (2005)
Location within Wichita County and Kansas
Location within Wichita County and Kansas
KDOT map of Wichita County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Wichita
Founded 1885
Incorporated 1887
 • Total 1.32 sq mi (3.41 km2)
 • Land 1.32 sq mi (3.41 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,301 ft (1,006 m)
 • Total 1,475
 • Density 1,117/sq mi (432.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-39550
GNIS ID 471498

Leoti, pronounced "Lee-OH-Tuh." is a city in and the county seat of Wichita County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 1,475.


Leoti was founded in 1885 by a company of men from Garden City, Kansas. Two years later, in 1887, it was involved in the bloodiest county seat fight in the history of the American West. The shoot-out was on February 27, 1887, when men—some would say hired gunmen—from Leoti, went to the neighboring, rival town of Coronado and left several people dead and wounded. A small town called Farmer City which was located between Coronado and Leoti, was hoped by some to become the county seat—which would end the fighting. Leoti later won the right to become the county seat and now the two other towns consist mainly of farmland.

The origin of the name Leoti is disputed.


Leoti is located at 38°29′3″N 101°21′28″W / 38.48417°N 101.35778°W / 38.48417; -101.35778 (38.484073, -101.357639). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.31 square miles (3.39 km2), all land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Leoti has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 341
1900 151 −55.7%
1910 288 90.7%
1920 392 36.1%
1930 618 57.7%
1940 816 32.0%
1950 1,250 53.2%
1960 1,401 12.1%
1970 1,916 36.8%
1980 1,869 −2.5%
1990 1,738 −7.0%
2000 1,598 −8.1%
2010 1,534 −4.0%
2020 1,475 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
Wichita County, Kansas courthouse from NE 2
Wichita County courthouse in Leoti (2015)

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,534 people, 607 households, and 419 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,171.0 inhabitants per square mile (452.1/km2). There were 708 housing units at an average density of 540.5 per square mile (208.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.8% White, 0.7% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 10.8% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.6% of the population.

There were 607 households, of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.0% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 37.4 years. 29.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.6% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.


Leoti is home to USD 467 Wichita County Schools. The Wichita County High School mascot is Wichita County Indians.

Prior to school unification, Leoti High School also used the Indians mascot.

Notable people

  • Ben Diggins, baseball player.
  • Steve Tasker, American football player (retired), sportscaster.

See also

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