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Minneola, Kansas
Reformed Presbyterian church (2006)
Reformed Presbyterian church (2006)
Location within Clark County and Kansas
Location within Clark County and Kansas
KDOT map of Clark County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°26′29″N 100°0′52″W / 37.44139°N 100.01444°W / 37.44139; -100.01444Coordinates: 37°26′29″N 100°0′52″W / 37.44139°N 100.01444°W / 37.44139; -100.01444
Country United States
State Kansas
County Clark
Founded 1887
Incorporated 1885
Area
 • Total 0.46 sq mi (1.19 km2)
 • Land 0.46 sq mi (1.19 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,549 ft (777 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 745
 • Estimate 
(2019)
679
 • Density 1,479.30/sq mi (570.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67865
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-47150
GNIS ID 0470690

Minneola is a city in Clark County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 745.

History

Minneola was founded in 1887. Its name is a combination of that of Minnie Davis and Ola Watson, the wives of pioneer settlers. A post office first established in 1885 in Appleton (an extinct town) was moved to Minneola in 1888.

Geography

Minneola is located at 37°26′29″N 100°0′52″W / 37.44139°N 100.01444°W / 37.44139; -100.01444 (37.441260, -100.014406). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.46 square miles (1.19 km2), all land. The city is roughly five blocks by eight blocks in size; everything is within walking or biking distance.

Climate

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 348
1920 493 41.7%
1930 617 25.2%
1940 490 −20.6%
1950 660 34.7%
1960 679 2.9%
1970 630 −7.2%
1980 712 13.0%
1990 705 −1.0%
2000 717 1.7%
2010 745 3.9%
2019 (est.) 679 −8.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 745 people, 289 households, and 194 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,619.6 inhabitants per square mile (625.3/km2). There were 334 housing units at an average density of 726.1 per square mile (280.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.6% White, 0.5% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.

There were 289 households, of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.9% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 42.9 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.1% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 23.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.0% male and 55.0% female.

Religion

Minneola has four churches: CrossWalk Christian Church (formerly First Christian Church of Minneola), Minneola United Methodist Church, Minneola Community Church and Minneola Reformed Presbyterian Church. The four churches partner together through the Minneola Ministry Alliance to coordinate the serving of the local community.

Economy

Originally eclipsing the nearby Appleton [1] settlement because of its proximity to the Rock Island Rail line, Minneola now benefits from being at the intersection of U.S. Routes 54 and 283. The Minneola Co-op's grain elevator stands sentinel at the north edge of town along the rail line and is visible for miles around. Most businesses are focused on agricultural needs in this farming and ranching community.[2] The Minneola Record, founded in 1906, is believed to have been the oldest continuously operating business in the town.

Education

Schools

USD 219 Minneola Schools draws students from town as well as the surrounding area. Minneola High School moved into a new building in 2006, complete with updated science labs and computer classes. A few classes at the high school can be taken for college credit.[3] Sports, band, and choir are offered. The school has about 80 students and 10 teachers. The school mascot is a Wildcat, and the school colors are purple and gold. The Minneola Wildcats won the Kansas State High School 8-Man football championship in 1980.

The grade school offers all students the small size and individual attention. The end of the school year in mid-to-late May is frequently celebrated with a parade through downtown. The event, known as Community Day, has been in existence for several decades.

Library

Minneola possesses a modern library, which circulates approximately 14,000 books and offers computer access to patrons.

Infrastructure

The Minneola District Hospital is located in the city.

A volunteer fire department and the Clark County Sheriff's Department oversee public safety. In 2017 the city established a police department.

Centennial Park features a stone shelter built in the 1940s by local farmers using local rock; it was renovated around the time of the town's 100th birthday in 1987, when a war memorial was installed.[4] After being closed for several years, the 1969-era town swimming pool has been completely renovated and offers swimming lessons during the warm months. The civic center hosts regular meetings and is available for meetings and parties; its kitchen cooks for 130 seniors in the region each weekday.

Notable people

  • Eric Melgren, United States federal judge.
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