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Coordinates: 37°53′N 95°44′W / 37.883°N 95.733°W / 37.883; -95.733

Woodson County, Kansas
Map

Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the USA highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1855
Seat Yates Center
Largest City Yates Center
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

505 sq mi (1,308 km²)
498 sq mi (1,290 km²)
7.4 sq mi (19 km²), 1.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

3,309
6.6/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Daniel Woodson

Woodson County (standard abbreviation: WO) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 3,309. Its county seat is Yates Center.

History

Early history

See also: History of Kansas

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Woodson County was established.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 505 square miles (1,310 km2), of which 498 square miles (1,290 km2) is land and 7.4 square miles (19 km2) (1.5%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,488
1870 3,827 157.2%
1880 6,535 70.8%
1890 9,021 38.0%
1900 10,022 11.1%
1910 9,450 −5.7%
1920 8,984 −4.9%
1930 8,526 −5.1%
1940 8,014 −6.0%
1950 6,711 −16.3%
1960 5,423 −19.2%
1970 4,789 −11.7%
1980 4,600 −3.9%
1990 4,116 −10.5%
2000 3,788 −8.0%
2010 3,309 −12.6%
Est. 2015 3,115 −5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
USA Woodson County, Kansas age pyramid
Age pyramid

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,788 people, 1,642 households, and 1,052 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 2,076 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.96% White, 0.82% Black or African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 1.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,642 households out of which 25.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.80% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.90% were non-families. 33.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.70% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 22.10% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 24.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,335, and the median income for a family was $31,369. Males had a median income of $23,950 versus $16,135 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,283. About 10.20% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 13.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

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

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Ghost towns

  • Defiance
  • Kalida

Townships

Woodson County is divided into six townships. The city of Yates Center 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
Center 12250 594 1 (4) 410 (158) 1 (0) 0.23% 37°50′35″N 95°43′29″W / 37.84306°N 95.72472°W / 37.84306; -95.72472
Liberty 40375 200 1 (2) 223 (86) 1 (0) 0.26% 37°59′18″N 95°43′47″W / 37.98833°N 95.72972°W / 37.98833; -95.72972
Neosho Falls 49850 537 3 (7) 196 (76) 1 (0) 0.38% 37°57′30″N 95°33′54″W / 37.95833°N 95.565°W / 37.95833; -95.565
North 51025 71 0 (1) 167 (64) 0 (0) 0.11% 37°59′50″N 95°53′19″W / 37.99722°N 95.88861°W / 37.99722; -95.88861
Perry 55475 103 1 (2) 127 (49) 0 (0) 0.08% 37°46′18″N 95°35′24″W / 37.77167°N 95.59°W / 37.77167; -95.59
Toronto 71075 684 4 (11) 167 (64) 10 (4) 5.40% 37°47′52″N 95°55′37″W / 37.79778°N 95.92694°W / 37.79778; -95.92694

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