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Severy, Kansas
Location within Greenwood County and Kansas
Location within Greenwood County and Kansas
KDOT map of Greenwood County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Greenwood
Founded 1879
Incorporated 1883
Named for Luther Severy
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
Area
 • Total 0.49 sq mi (1.27 km2)
 • Land 0.49 sq mi (1.27 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,112 ft (339 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 259
 • Estimate 
(2019)
231
 • Density 471.43/sq mi (182.04/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67137
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-64050
GNIS|GNIS ID 474866

Severy is a city in Greenwood County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 259.

History

Severy was originally called Gould, and under the latter name founded in 1879. When the Santa Fe Railway was built through the neighborhood, the name Severy was adopted in honor of Luther Severy, a railroad employee.

Geography

Severy is located at 37°37′21″N 96°13′39″W / 37.62250°N 96.22750°W / 37.62250; -96.22750 (37.622487, -96.227635), along K-99 south of its intersection with U.S. Route 400. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.49 square miles (1.27 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, Severy has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 306
1890 389 27.1%
1900 489 25.7%
1910 608 24.3%
1920 551 −9.4%
1930 525 −4.7%
1940 570 8.6%
1950 477 −16.3%
1960 492 3.1%
1970 384 −22.0%
1980 447 16.4%
1990 357 −20.1%
2000 359 0.6%
2010 259 −27.9%
2019 (est.) 231 −10.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 259 people, 132 households, and 62 families residing in the city. The population density was 528.6 inhabitants per square mile (204.1/km2). There were 187 housing units at an average density of 381.6 per square mile (147.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.4% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.4% Asian, and 2.7% from two or more races.

There were 132 households, of which 22.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 53.0% were non-families. 47.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 28.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 50.8 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.7% were from 25 to 44; 29.7% were from 45 to 64; and 25.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.

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Education

The community is served by West Elk USD 282 public school district. School unification consolidated Moline, Howard and Severy schools forming USD 282. West Elk High School is located in Howard. The West Elk High School mascot is Patriots.

Severy High School was closed in school unification. The Severy High School mascot was Severy Wildcats.

Notable people

  • Stanley Vestal, Western historian and author, including Dodge City, Queen of the Cowtowns, born near Severy in 1887
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