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Udall, Kansas
Aerial photograph of Udall in 2015
Aerial photograph of Udall in 2015
Location within Cowley County and Kansas
Location within Cowley County and Kansas
KDOT map of Cowley County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Cowley
Founded 1870s
Platted 1881
Incorporated 1881
Named for Cornelius Udall
 • Total 0.55 sq mi (1.41 km2)
 • Land 0.55 sq mi (1.41 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,273 ft (388 m)
 • Total 661
 • Density 1,202/sq mi (468.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-71950
GNIS ID 470218

Udall is a city in Cowley County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 661.


The first post office at Udall was established in September, 1879. J.M. Napier and P.W. Smith purchased ten acre tract from I.N Nelson in 1879. Udall was laid out in 1881 by Napier and Smith. It was named after English author Cornelius Udall. D.C. Green built the first house in Udall and opened a store.

1955 tornado

On May 25, 1955, the deadliest tornado to ever hit the state of Kansas struck Udall at 10:35 p.m. The town was demolished by an 1,300 yd (0.74 mi) wide F5 tornado, no building within the city limits was untouched, including the grain elevator, water tower, old grade school, new high school, city hall, three churches. The water tower had been knocked over and the streets were flooded. Vehicles were thrown hundreds of yards and mangled beyond recognition, including a pickup truck that was wrapped around a tree and stripped of everything but its frame and tires. 77 people died and 270 were injured, 192 buildings (170 homes) were destroyed. Around 50% of families lost one or more members of their families.

Before striking Udall, there were no warnings issued by the Weather Bureau. Unknown to them, the same tornado-producing thunderstorm had just laid waste to the city of Blackwell, Oklahoma, where 20 died and 250 were injured.


Udall is located at 37°23′13″N 97°7′4″W / 37.38694°N 97.11778°W / 37.38694; -97.11778 (37.386991, -97.117808). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 85
1890 338 297.6%
1900 282 −16.6%
1910 330 17.0%
1920 381 15.5%
1930 436 14.4%
1940 419 −3.9%
1950 410 −2.1%
1960 600 46.3%
1970 668 11.3%
1980 891 33.4%
1990 824 −7.5%
2000 794 −3.6%
2010 746 −6.0%
2020 661 −11.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
Udall, Kansas (circa 1880s-1890s)
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway depot in Udall, circa 1890
Men and dog inspect rubble left by tornado. Udall, Kansas - NARA - 283889
Men and dog inspect rubble in Udall left by May 25, 1955 tornado

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 746 people, 289 households, and 203 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,308.8 inhabitants per square mile (505.3/km2). There were 319 housing units at an average density of 559.6 per square mile (216.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.8% White, 2.0% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 289 households, of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.8% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 31.7 years. 30.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.3% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 12.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.4% male and 53.6% female.


The community is served by Udall USD 463 public school district.

The Udall Eagles won the Kansas State High School class 1A volleyball championship in 1973.

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