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Luray, Kansas
City
Location within Russell County and Kansas
Location within Russell County and Kansas
KDOT map of Russell County (legend)
KDOT map of Russell County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Russell
Incorporated 1904
Area
 • Total 0.32 sq mi (0.83 km2)
 • Land 0.32 sq mi (0.83 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,562 ft (476 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 194
 • Estimate (2013) 190
 • Density 606/sq mi (233.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67649
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-43250
GNIS feature ID 0472534

Luray is a city in Russell County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 194.

History

Luray was established as the community of Lura in the 1870s. In 1887, the spelling of the town's name was changed to Luray. Luray incorporated as a city in 1904.

Geography

Luray is located at 39°6′50″N 98°41′29″W / 39.11389°N 98.69139°W / 39.11389; -98.69139 (39.114003, -98.691413) at an elevation of 1,562 feet (476 m). Located at the junction of U.S. Route 281 and Kansas Highway 18 (K-18) in north-central Kansas, Luray is 118 miles (190 km) northwest of Wichita, 218 miles (351 km) west of Kansas City, and 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Russell, the county seat.

Located in the Smoky Hills region of the Great Plains, Luray sits on the north side of Wolf Creek, a tributary of the Saline River. Coon Creek, a tributary of Wolf Creek, flows southeast along the eastern edge of the community.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.32 square miles (0.83 km2), all of it land.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Luray has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 341
1920 475 39.3%
1930 464 −2.3%
1940 392 −15.5%
1950 351 −10.5%
1960 328 −6.6%
1970 303 −7.6%
1980 295 −2.6%
1990 261 −11.5%
2000 203 −22.2%
2010 194 −4.4%
Est. 2015 197 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the 2010 census, there were 194 people, 94 households, and 61 families residing in the city. The population density was 646.7 people per square mile (249.7/km²). There were 134 housing units at an average density of 446.7 per square mile (167.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.9% White and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 94 households of which 17.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 1.1% had a male householder with no wife present, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06, and the average family size was 2.48.

In the city, the population was spread out with 14.4% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 17.5% from 25 to 44, 30.9% from 45 to 64, and 29.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50.7 years. For every 100 females, there were 100 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100 males age 18 and over.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,563, and the median income for a family was $57,500. The per capita income for the city was $29,168. Males had a median income of $39,375 versus $42,813 for females. 1.5% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 203 people, 105 households, and 57 families residing in the city. The population density was 665.1 people per square mile (252.8/km²). There were 134 housing units at an average density of 439.0 per square mile (166.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.54% White, 0.49% Native American, and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 105 households out of which 17.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.93 and the average family size was 2.59.

In the city the population was spread out with 16.7% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 31.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females there were 75.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.0 males.

Culture

Events

The city of Luray holds an annual community festival, Friendship Day, on the first Saturday after Labor Day. It includes a parade, an art show, golf and horseshoe tournaments, free barbecue, and homemade ice cream. Annually since 1938, a local Methodist church has held another community event, the Luray Methodist Men's Fish Fry, on the third Friday evening of each March. Men from the church prepare and serve fried fish with trimmings and cherry pie, typically attracting hundreds from the surrounding area.

Points of interest

The first log cabin constructed in Russell County, built in 1871 by settler Jonathan Van Scoyoc, has been preserved in Luray City Park on the north side of K-18.

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