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Coordinates: 37°12′N 100°50′W / 37.2°N 100.833°W / 37.2; -100.833

Seward 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 Liberal
Largest City Liberal
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

640 sq mi (1,658 km²)
639 sq mi (1,655 km²)
1.0 sq mi (3 km²), 0.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

22,952
36/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: William H. Seward
Seward County Veterans Memorial in Liberal, KS IMG 5987
Seward County Veterans Memorial

Seward County (standard abbreviation: SW) is a county of the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 22,952. The largest city and county seat is Liberal. The county was formed on March 20, 1873 and named after William Henry Seward, an American politician and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 640 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 639 square miles (1,660 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 5
1890 1,503 29,960.0%
1900 822 −45.3%
1910 4,091 397.7%
1920 6,220 52.0%
1930 8,075 29.8%
1940 6,540 −19.0%
1950 9,972 52.5%
1960 15,930 59.7%
1970 15,744 −1.2%
1980 17,071 8.4%
1990 18,743 9.8%
2000 22,510 20.1%
2010 22,952 2.0%
Est. 2015 23,152 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
USA Seward County, Kansas age pyramid
Age pyramid

The Liberal, KS Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Seward County.

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,510 people, 7,419 households, and 5,504 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 8,027 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 65.44% White, 3.78% Black or African American, 0.77% Native American, 2.86% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 23.81% from other races, and 3.27% from two or more races. 42.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,419 households out of which 43.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.46.

In the county, the population was spread out with 32.00% under the age of 18, 11.70% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 16.90% from 45 to 64, and 8.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 105.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,752, and the median income for a family was $41,134. Males had a median income of $29,765 versus $21,889 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,059. About 13.90% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.00% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Cities

Townships

Seward County is divided into three townships. The city of Liberal 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
Fargo 23000 1,684 3 (8) 570 (220) 2 (1) 0.29% 37°9′1″N 100°45′3″W / 37.15028°N 100.75083°W / 37.15028; -100.75083
Liberal 39850 803 2 (4) 502 (194) 0 (0) 0.03% 37°5′52″N 100°56′58″W / 37.09778°N 100.94944°W / 37.09778; -100.94944
Seward 64075 357 1 (2) 556 (215) 0 (0) 0.06% 37°18′55″N 100°50′34″W / 37.31528°N 100.84278°W / 37.31528; -100.84278

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