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Coordinates: 39°03′N 98°12′W / 39.05°N 98.2°W / 39.05; -98.2

Lincoln County, Kansas
Map
Map of Kansas highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the USA highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 26, 1867
Seat Lincoln
Largest City Lincoln
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

720 sq mi (1,865 km²)
719 sq mi (1,862 km²)
1.1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

3,241
4.5/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Abraham Lincoln
Stouffer's Railroad Map of Kansas 1915-1918 Lincoln County
1915-1918 Railroad Map of Lincoln County

Lincoln County (standard abbreviation: LC) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 3,241. The largest city and county seat is Lincoln Center.

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 1867, Lincoln County was established.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 720 square miles (1,900 km2), of which 719 square miles (1,860 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 516
1880 8,582 1,563.2%
1890 9,709 13.1%
1900 9,886 1.8%
1910 10,142 2.6%
1920 9,894 −2.4%
1930 9,707 −1.9%
1940 8,338 −14.1%
1950 6,643 −20.3%
1960 5,556 −16.4%
1970 4,582 −17.5%
1980 4,145 −9.5%
1990 3,653 −11.9%
2000 3,578 −2.1%
2010 3,241 −9.4%
Est. 2015 3,105 −4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
USA Lincoln County, Kansas age pyramid
Age pyramid

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,578 people, 1,529 households, and 1,039 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,853 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.30% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.03% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,529 households out of which 27.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 29.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 23.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,893, and the median income for a family was $36,538. Males had a median income of $24,681 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,788. About 7.30% of families and 9.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.70% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Lincoln County is divided into twenty 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.

Sources: 2000 U.S. Gazetteer from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Battle Creek 04525 51 1 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.37% 39°10′7″N 98°13′9″W / 39.16861°N 98.21917°W / 39.16861; -98.21917
Beaver 05075 454 5 (13) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°4′12″N 98°8′48″W / 39.07°N 98.14667°W / 39.07; -98.14667
Cedron 11500 47 1 (1) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.08% 39°10′34″N 98°25′57″W / 39.17611°N 98.4325°W / 39.17611; -98.4325
Colorado 15000 340 4 (9) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°0′52″N 97°58′57″W / 39.01444°N 97.9825°W / 39.01444; -97.9825
Elkhorn 20375 927 10 (26) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.02% 39°1′36″N 98°7′10″W / 39.02667°N 98.11944°W / 39.02667; -98.11944
Franklin 24425 80 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.17% 38°55′47″N 98°5′44″W / 38.92972°N 98.09556°W / 38.92972; -98.09556
Golden Belt 26800 67 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.07% 38°55′30″N 98°18′32″W / 38.925°N 98.30889°W / 38.925; -98.30889
Grant 27750 91 1 (3) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°5′21″N 98°18′58″W / 39.08917°N 98.31611°W / 39.08917; -98.31611
Hanover 29850 43 0 (1) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.10% 39°5′45″N 98°25′11″W / 39.09583°N 98.41972°W / 39.09583; -98.41972
Highland 31950 65 1 (2) 92 (36) 1 (0) 0.64% 38°54′45″N 98°26′27″W / 38.9125°N 98.44083°W / 38.9125; -98.44083
Indiana 34025 206 2 (6) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.06% 39°0′31″N 98°11′52″W / 39.00861°N 98.19778°W / 39.00861; -98.19778
Logan 41925 67 1 (2) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.33% 39°4′31″N 97°58′14″W / 39.07528°N 97.97056°W / 39.07528; -97.97056
Madison 44100 96 1 (3) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.35% 38°54′40″N 97°59′27″W / 38.91111°N 97.99083°W / 38.91111; -97.99083
Marion 44725 103 1 (3) 92 (35) 0 (0) 0.10% 39°4′27″N 98°13′8″W / 39.07417°N 98.21889°W / 39.07417; -98.21889
Orange 52950 68 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.14% 39°10′7″N 98°19′51″W / 39.16861°N 98.33083°W / 39.16861; -98.33083
Pleasant 56275 482 5 (13) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.01% 39°0′13″N 98°25′13″W / 39.00361°N 98.42028°W / 39.00361; -98.42028
Salt Creek 62800 61 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°11′6″N 97°59′36″W / 39.185°N 97.99333°W / 39.185; -97.99333
Scott 63525 158 2 (4) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.12% 39°10′51″N 98°4′11″W / 39.18083°N 98.06972°W / 39.18083; -98.06972
Valley 72900 69 1 (2) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.26% 38°56′10″N 98°12′45″W / 38.93611°N 98.2125°W / 38.93611; -98.2125
Vesper 73650 103 1 (3) 95 (37) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°0′13″N 98°17′49″W / 39.00361°N 98.29694°W / 39.00361; -98.29694

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