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Syracuse, Kansas
Downtown Syracuse (2010)
Downtown Syracuse (2010)
Location within Hamilton County and Kansas
Location within Hamilton County and Kansas
KDOT map of Hamilton County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Hamilton
Founded 1873
Incorporated 1887
Named for Syracuse, New York
 • Total 4.10 sq mi (10.62 km2)
 • Land 4.10 sq mi (10.62 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,232 ft (985 m)
 • Total 1,826
 • Density 445.4/sq mi (171.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-69850
GNIS ID 471583

Syracuse is a city in and the county seat of Hamilton County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 1,826.


Syracuse was originally called Holidaysburg, and under the latter name founded in 1873. It was renamed Syracuse prior to 1878, after the city of Syracuse, New York.


Syracuse is located at 37°58′59″N 101°45′04″W / 37.982938°N 101.751224°W / 37.982938; -101.751224 (37.982938, -101.751224), along U.S. Route 50 and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, sixteen miles (twenty-six kilometers) from the Colorado border. The Arkansas River runs just south of the City of Syracuse. The countryside south of the Arkansas River is marked by sandhills. Located within these sandhills is the "Syracuse Sand Dunes," a city park covering 1,300 acres (5.3 km2), including a 40-acre (160,000 m2) fishing pond.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.10 square miles (10.62 km2), all of it land.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 324
1900 460 42.0%
1910 1,126 144.8%
1920 1,059 −6.0%
1930 1,383 30.6%
1940 1,226 −11.4%
1950 2,075 69.2%
1960 1,888 −9.0%
1970 1,720 −8.9%
1980 1,654 −3.8%
1990 1,606 −2.9%
2000 1,824 13.6%
2010 1,812 −0.7%
2020 1,826 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,812 people, 715 households, and 460 families living in the city. The population density was 442.0 inhabitants per square mile (170.7/km2). There were 832 housing units at an average density of 202.9 per square mile (78.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 76.7% White, 0.2% African American, 1.8% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 19.4% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 32.7% of the population.

There were 715 households, of which 37.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.7% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 32.1 years. 28.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 22.4% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.


Bus service is provided daily eastward towards Wichita, Kansas and westward towards Pueblo, Colorado by BeeLine Express (subcontractor of Greyhound Lines).



Syracuse High School is the unified high school for Hamilton County USD 494. The Syracuse school mascot is Bulldogs.

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