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Coordinates: 38°13′N 94°51′W / 38.217°N 94.85°W / 38.217; -94.85

Linn County, Kansas
Map
Map of Kansas highlighting Linn 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 Mound City
Largest City Pleasanton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

606 sq mi (1,570 km²)
594 sq mi (1,538 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 2.0%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

9,656
16/sq mi (6/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Lewis F. Linn

Linn County (county code LN) is a county located in east-central Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 9,656. Its county seat is Mound City, and its most populous city is Pleasanton. The county was named for Lewis F. Linn, a U.S. Senator from Missouri.

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, Linn County was established.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 606 square miles (1,570 km2), of which 594 square miles (1,540 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.0%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 6,336
1870 12,174 92.1%
1880 15,298 25.7%
1890 17,215 12.5%
1900 16,689 −3.1%
1910 14,735 −11.7%
1920 13,815 −6.2%
1930 13,534 −2.0%
1940 11,969 −11.6%
1950 10,053 −16.0%
1960 8,274 −17.7%
1970 7,770 −6.1%
1980 8,234 6.0%
1990 8,254 0.2%
2000 9,570 15.9%
2010 9,656 0.9%
Est. 2015 9,536 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

Linn County is included in the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 9,570 people, 3,807 households, and 2,748 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 4,720 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.50% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 3,807 households out of which 28.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.70% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.00% 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 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,906, and the median income for a family was $42,571. Males had a median income of $31,720 versus $22,287 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,009. About 7.80% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Linn County is divided into eleven 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
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Blue Mound 07625 500 3 (8) 162 (63) 0 (0) 0.09% 38°5′37″N 95°0′45″W / 38.09361°N 95.0125°W / 38.09361; -95.0125
Centerville 12350 389 2 (5) 206 (79) 0 (0) 0.07% 38°12′39″N 94°59′56″W / 38.21083°N 94.99889°W / 38.21083; -94.99889
Liberty 40200 908 5 (14) 166 (64) 0 (0) 0.17% 38°19′38″N 94°59′26″W / 38.32722°N 94.99056°W / 38.32722; -94.99056
Lincoln 40825 2,251 18 (47) 125 (48) 11 (4) 7.84% 38°21′10″N 94°43′10″W / 38.35278°N 94.71944°W / 38.35278; -94.71944
Mound City 48775 1,421 11 (29) 129 (50) 0 (0) 0.16% 38°7′59″N 94°48′59″W / 38.13306°N 94.81639°W / 38.13306; -94.81639
Paris 54375 494 3 (8) 167 (65) 0 (0) 0.11% 38°13′49″N 94°50′1″W / 38.23028°N 94.83361°W / 38.23028; -94.83361
Potosi 57175 2,080 14 (37) 144 (56) 1 (0) 0.52% 38°10′35″N 94°42′20″W / 38.17639°N 94.70556°W / 38.17639; -94.70556
Scott 63550 641 4 (10) 163 (63) 1 (0) 0.73% 38°18′32″N 94°51′13″W / 38.30889°N 94.85361°W / 38.30889; -94.85361
Sheridan 64700 560 5 (13) 116 (45) 0 (0) 0.19% 38°4′7″N 94°41′9″W / 38.06861°N 94.68583°W / 38.06861; -94.68583
Stanton 67875 169 2 (6) 78 (30) 0 (0) 0.04% 38°3′33″N 94°49′58″W / 38.05917°N 94.83278°W / 38.05917; -94.83278
Valley 72925 157 2 (4) 94 (36) 6 (2) 5.91% 38°16′7″N 94°41′41″W / 38.26861°N 94.69472°W / 38.26861; -94.69472
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/places2k.html.

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