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Smolan, Kansas
Location within Saline County and Kansas
Location within Saline County and Kansas
KDOT map of Saline County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Saline
Founded 1800s
Incorporated 1962
Named for Småland
 • Total 0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
 • Land 0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,283 ft (391 m)
 • Total 162
 • Density 1,470/sq mi (559/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-66100
GNIS ID 476947

Smolan is a city in Saline County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 162.


Smolan was named after the Swedish province of Småland, the native home of a large share of the early settlers.

A post office was opened in Smolan in 1887, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1997.


Smolan is located at 38°44′17″N 97°41′2″W / 38.73806°N 97.68389°W / 38.73806; -97.68389 (38.738009, -97.683940). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 175
1980 169 −3.4%
1990 195 15.4%
2000 218 11.8%
2010 215 −1.4%
2020 162 −24.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

It is part of the Salina Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 215 people, 80 households, and 59 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,653.8 inhabitants per square mile (638.5/km2). There were 94 housing units at an average density of 723.1 per square mile (279.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.2% White, 3.7% Asian, 2.8% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.7% of the population.

There were 80 households, of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.3% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the city was 39.8 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.7% were from 25 to 44; 36.7% were from 45 to 64; and 8.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.5% male and 46.5% female.


The community is served by Smoky Valley USD 400 public school district. The Smoky Valley High School mascot is Smoky Valley Vikings.

Smolan High School was closed through school unification. The Smolan High School mascot was Smolan Swedes.

Notable people

  • John W. Carlin, former governor of Kansas (January 1979 – January 1987)

See also

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Raymond Telles
Esteban Torres
Romualdo Pacheco
Raúl Héctor Castro
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