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Coordinates: 38°28′N 100°54′W / 38.467°N 100.9°W / 38.467; -100.9

Scott County, Kansas
Map

Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the USA highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 20, 1873
Seat Scott City
Largest City Scott City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

718 sq mi (1,860 km²)
718 sq mi (1,860 km²)
0.1 sq mi (0 km²), 0.02%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

4,936
6.9/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Winfield Scott

Scott County (standard abbreviation: SC) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 4,936. Its county seat is Scott City, the only city in the county.

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 1873, Scott County was established.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 718 square miles (1,860 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.02%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 43
1890 1,262 2,834.9%
1900 1,098 −13.0%
1910 3,047 177.5%
1920 3,121 2.4%
1930 3,976 27.4%
1940 3,773 −5.1%
1950 4,921 30.4%
1960 5,228 6.2%
1970 5,606 7.2%
1980 5,782 3.1%
1990 5,289 −8.5%
2000 5,120 −3.2%
2010 4,936 −3.6%
Est. 2015 4,964 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
USA Scott County, Kansas age pyramid
Age pyramid

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,120 people, 2,045 households, and 1,435 families residing in the county. The population density was 7 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,291 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.47% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 2.75% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 6.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,045 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.00% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,534, and the median income for a family was $50,549. Males had a median income of $32,166 versus $20,221 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,443. About 2.10% of families and 5.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.00% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

City

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Scott County is divided into seven townships. Scott City is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. 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
Beaver 05175 302 1 (3) 309 (119) 0 (0) 0.10% 38°37′11″N 100°59′58″W / 38.61972°N 100.99944°W / 38.61972; -100.99944
Isbel 34575 110 1 (1) 206 (80) 0 (0) 0% 38°28′52″N 101°2′52″W / 38.48111°N 101.04778°W / 38.48111; -101.04778
Keystone 36600 106 1 (1) 206 (80) 0 (0) 0% 38°30′17″N 100°45′4″W / 38.50472°N 100.75111°W / 38.50472; -100.75111
Lake 37850 95 0 (1) 311 (120) 0 (0) 0% 38°20′23″N 100°49′39″W / 38.33972°N 100.8275°W / 38.33972; -100.8275
Michigan 46175 88 0 (1) 308 (119) 0 (0) 0% 38°36′23″N 100°48′23″W / 38.60639°N 100.80639°W / 38.60639; -100.80639
Scott 63575 309 2 (4) 202 (78) 0 (0) 0% 38°29′31″N 100°55′0″W / 38.49194°N 100.916667°W / 38.49194; -100.916667
Valley 73125 255 1 (2) 311 (120) 0 (0) 0% 38°21′6″N 100°58′13″W / 38.35167°N 100.97028°W / 38.35167; -100.97028

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