List of counties in Kansas

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There are 105 counties in the U.S. state of Kansas.

Alphabetical list[change | edit source]

County
FIPS Code
[1]
County seat
[2]
Established
[2]
Origin
Meaning of name
[3]
County Code
Population
[2]
Area
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Map
Allen County 001 Iola 1855 One of the original 36 counties William Allen, U.S. Senator from Ohio and prominent supporter of westward expansion AL &&&&&&&&&&014385.&&&&&014,385 &&&&&&&&&&&&0503.&&&&&0503 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01303.&&&&&01,303 km²)
State map highlighting Allen County
Anderson County 003 Garnett 1855 One of the original 36 counties Joseph C. Anderson, Kansas territorial legislator and Border Ruffian during "Bleeding Kansas" AN &&&&&&&&&&&08110.&&&&&08,110 &&&&&&&&&&&&0583.&&&&&0583 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01510.&&&&&01,510 km²)
State map highlighting Anderson County
Atchison County 005 Atchison 1855 One of the original 36 counties David Rice Atchison, U.S. Senator from Missouri and Border Ruffian during "Bleeding Kansas" AT &&&&&&&&&&016774.&&&&&016,774 &&&&&&&&&&&&0432.&&&&&0432 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01119.&&&&&01,119 km²)
State map highlighting Atchison County


Barber County 007 Medicine Lodge 1867 From unorganized area Thomas W. Barber, prominent Free-Stater killed in the Wakarusa War BA &&&&&&&&&&&05307.&&&&&05,307 &&&&&&&&&&&01134.&&&&&01,134 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02937.&&&&&02,937 km²)
State map highlighting Barber County
Barton County 009 Great Bend 1867 From unorganized area Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross BT &&&&&&&&&&028205.&&&&&028,205 &&&&&&&&&&&&0894.&&&&&0894 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02315.&&&&&02,315 km²)
State map highlighting Barton County
Bourbon County 011 Fort Scott 1855 One of the original 36 counties Bourbon County, Kentucky, from which many original settlers hailed BB &&&&&&&&&&015379.&&&&&015,379 &&&&&&&&&&&&0637.&&&&&0637 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01650.&&&&&01,650 km²)
State map highlighting Bourbon County
Brown County 013 Hiawatha 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Browne County) Albert Gallatin Brown, U.S. Senator from Mississippi and Kansas statehood advocate BR &&&&&&&&&&010724.&&&&&010,724 &&&&&&&&&&&&0571.&&&&&0571 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01479.&&&&&01,479 km²)
State map highlighting Brown County
Butler County 015 El Dorado 1855 One of the original 36 counties Andrew Pickens Butler, U.S. Senator from South Carolina and Kansas statehood advocate BU &&&&&&&&&&059482.&&&&&059,482 &&&&&&&&&&&01428.&&&&&01,428 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03699.&&&&&03,699 km²)
State map highlighting Butler County


Chase County 017 Cottonwood Falls 1859 Formed from Butler and Wise counties Salmon Portland Chase, U.S. Senator from Ohio and Kansas statehood advocate CS &&&&&&&&&&&03030.&&&&&03,030 &&&&&&&&&&&&0776.&&&&&0776 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02010.&&&&&02,010 km²)
State map highlighting Chase County
Chautauqua County 019 Sedan 1875 Formed from Howard County Chautauqua County, New York, from which many early settlers hailed CQ &&&&&&&&&&&04359.&&&&&04,359 &&&&&&&&&&&&0642.&&&&&0642 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01663.&&&&&01,663 km²)
State map highlighting Chautauqua County
Cherokee County 021 Columbus 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly McGee County) Cherokee Native Americans, whose lands borders the county in nearby Indian Territory CK &&&&&&&&&&022605.&&&&&022,605 &&&&&&&&&&&&0587.&&&&&0587 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01520.&&&&&01,520 km²)
State map highlighting Cherokee County
Cheyenne County 023 Saint Francis 1873 From unorganized area Cheyenne Native Americans, who inhabited the area CN &&&&&&&&&&&03165.&&&&&03,165 &&&&&&&&&&&01020.&&&&&01,020 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02642.&&&&&02,642 km²)
State map highlighting Cheyenne County
Clark County 025 Ashland 1885 Formed from Ford County Charles F. Clarke, Captain in 6th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry during American Civil War[4] CA &&&&&&&&&&&02390.&&&&&02,390 &&&&&&&&&&&&0975.&&&&&0975 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02525.&&&&&02,525 km²)
State map highlighting Clark County
Clay County 027 Clay Center 1857 From unorganized area Henry Clay, influential U.S. Senator from Kentucky CY &&&&&&&&&&&08822.&&&&&08,822 &&&&&&&&&&&&0644.&&&&&0644 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01668.&&&&&01,668 km²)
State map highlighting Clay County
Cloud County 029 Concordia 1866 Formed from Washington (Formerly Shirley County) William F. Cloud, Union general in the American Civil War who chiefly fought in Kansas and Missouri CD &&&&&&&&&&010268.&&&&&010,268 &&&&&&&&&&&&0716.&&&&&0716 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01854.&&&&&01,854 km²)
State map highlighting Cloud County
Coffey County 031 Burlington 1855 One of the original 36 counties A.M. Coffey, territorial legislator and Free-Stater during Bleeding Kansas CF &&&&&&&&&&&08865.&&&&&08,865 &&&&&&&&&&&&0630.&&&&&0630 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01632.&&&&&01,632 km²)
State map highlighting Coffey County
Comanche County 033 Coldwater 1867 From unorganized area Comanche Native Americans, who lived in the area CM &&&&&&&&&&&01967.&&&&&01,967 &&&&&&&&&&&&0788.&&&&&0788 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02041.&&&&&02,041 km²)
State map highlighting Comanche County
Cowley County 035 Winfield 1867 Formed from Butler County Matthew R. Cowley, Union lieutenant and distinguished Civil War hero CL &&&&&&&&&&036291.&&&&&036,291 &&&&&&&&&&&01126.&&&&&01,126 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02916.&&&&&02,916 km²)
State map highlighting Cowley County
Crawford County 037 Girard 1867 Bourbon and Cherokee Counties Samuel J. Crawford, third Governor of Kansas CR &&&&&&&&&&038242.&&&&&038,242 &&&&&&&&&&&&0593.&&&&&0593 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01536.&&&&&01,536 km²)
State map highlighting Crawford County


Decatur County 039 Oberlin 1873 From unorganized area Stephen Decatur, naval commodore and War of 1812 hero DC &&&&&&&&&&&03472.&&&&&03,472 &&&&&&&&&&&&0894.&&&&&0894 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02315.&&&&&02,315 km²)
State map highlighting Decatur County
Dickinson County 041 Abilene 1857 From unorganized area Daniel Stevens Dickinson, U.S. Senator from New York and Kansas statehood advocate DK &&&&&&&&&&019344.&&&&&019,344 &&&&&&&&&&&&0848.&&&&&0848 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02196.&&&&&02,196 km²)
State map highlighting Dickinson County
Doniphan County 043 Troy 1855 One of the original 36 counties Alexander William Doniphan, Mexican-American War hero and pro-slavery sympathizer in "Bleeding Kansas" DP &&&&&&&&&&&08249.&&&&&08,249 &&&&&&&&&&&&0392.&&&&&0392 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01015.&&&&&01,015 km²)
State map highlighting Doniphan County
Douglas County 045 Lawrence 1855 One of the original 36 counties Stephen Arnold Douglas, U.S. Senator from Illinois and advocate for the moderate popular sovereignty choice in the Kansas slavery debate DG &&&&&&&&&&099962.&&&&&099,962 &&&&&&&&&&&&0457.&&&&&0457 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01184.&&&&&01,184 km²)
State map highlighting Douglas County


Edwards County 047 Kinsley 1874 Formed from Kiowa County John H. Edwards, state senator who pushed for creation of the county ED &&&&&&&&&&&03449.&&&&&03,449 &&&&&&&&&&&&0622.&&&&&0622 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01611.&&&&&01,611 km²)
State map highlighting Edwards County
Elk County 049 Howard 1875 Formed from Howard County Elk River, which originates in the county EK &&&&&&&&&&&03261.&&&&&03,261 &&&&&&&&&&&&0648.&&&&&0648 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01678.&&&&&01,678 km²)
State map highlighting Elk County
Ellis County 051 Hays 1867 From unorganized area George Ellis, Union lieutenant and distinguished Civil War hero EL &&&&&&&&&&027507.&&&&&027,507 &&&&&&&&&&&&0900.&&&&&0900 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02331.&&&&&02,331 km²)
State map highlighting Ellis County
Ellsworth County 053 Ellsworth 1867 From unorganized area Fort Ellsworth, a Union Civil War outpost in the area EW &&&&&&&&&&&06525.&&&&&06,525 &&&&&&&&&&&&0716.&&&&&0716 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01854.&&&&&01,854 km²)
State map highlighting Ellsworth County


Finney County 055 Garden City 1883 Formed from Arapahoe, Grant, Kearney and Sequoyah Counties David W. Finney, tenth lieutenant governor of Kansas FI &&&&&&&&&&040523.&&&&&040,523 &&&&&&&&&&&01300.&&&&&01,300 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03367.&&&&&03,367 km²)
State map highlighting Finney County
Ford County 057 Dodge City 1867 From unorganized area James H. Ford, Union general in the Civil War who mainly fought in Kansas and Missouri FO &&&&&&&&&&032458.&&&&&032,458 &&&&&&&&&&&01099.&&&&&01,099 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02846.&&&&&02,846 km²)
State map highlighting Ford County
Franklin County 059 Ottawa 1855 One of the original 36 counties Benjamin Franklin, orator, writer, scholar, and founding father of the U.S. FR &&&&&&&&&&024784.&&&&&024,784 &&&&&&&&&&&&0574.&&&&&0574 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01487.&&&&&01,487 km²)
State map highlighting Franklin County


Geary County 061 Junction City 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Davis County) John White Geary, Union general in the Civil War who mainly fought in Kansas and Missouri, and who later became Kansas territorial governor GE &&&&&&&&&&027947.&&&&&027,947 &&&&&&&&&&&&0384.&&&&&0384 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0995.&&&&&0995 km²)
State map highlighting Geary County
Gove County 063 Gove City 1868 From unorganized area Grenville L. Gove, Captain in the 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War[5] GO &&&&&&&&&&&03068.&&&&&03,068 &&&&&&&&&&&01072.&&&&&01,072 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02776.&&&&&02,776 km²)
State map highlighting Gove County
Graham County 065 Hill City 1867 From unorganized area John L. Graham, Union captain and Civil War hero GH &&&&&&&&&&&02946.&&&&&02,946 &&&&&&&&&&&&0898.&&&&&0898 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02326.&&&&&02,326 km²)
State map highlighting Graham County
Grant County 067 Ulysses 1888 Formed from Finney and Hamilton Counties Ulysses Simpson Grant, commander of Union forces during the Civil War and U.S. President GT &&&&&&&&&&&07909.&&&&&07,909 &&&&&&&&&&&&0575.&&&&&0575 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01489.&&&&&01,489 km²)
State map highlighting Grant County
Gray County 069 Cimarron 1887 Formed from Finney and Ford Counties Alfred Gray, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture GY &&&&&&&&&&&05904.&&&&&05,904 &&&&&&&&&&&&0869.&&&&&0869 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02251.&&&&&02,251 km²)
State map highlighting Gray County
Greeley County 071 Tribune 1873 From unorganized area Horace Greeley, publisher of the New York Tribune and anti-slavery advocate GL &&&&&&&&&&&01534.&&&&&01,534 &&&&&&&&&&&&0778.&&&&&0778 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02015.&&&&&02,015 km²)
State map highlighting Greeley County
Greenwood County 073 Eureka 1855 One of the original 36 counties Alfred B. Greenwood, U.S. Representative from Arkansas and Kansas statehood advocate GW &&&&&&&&&&&07673.&&&&&07,673 &&&&&&&&&&&01140.&&&&&01,140 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02953.&&&&&02,953 km²)
State map highlighting Greenwood County


Hamilton County 075 Syracuse 1873 From unorganized area Alexander Hamilton, first U.S. Treasury Secretary and founding father HM &&&&&&&&&&&02670.&&&&&02,670 &&&&&&&&&&&&0996.&&&&&0996 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02580.&&&&&02,580 km²)
State map highlighting Hamilton County
Harper County 077 Anthony 1867 From unorganized area Marion Harper, Union sergeant and Civil War hero HP &&&&&&&&&&&06536.&&&&&06,536 &&&&&&&&&&&&0802.&&&&&0802 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02077.&&&&&02,077 km²)
State map highlighting Harper County
Harvey County 079 Newton 1872 Formed from McPherson, Sedgwick and Reno Counties James M. Harvey, fifth governor of Kansas HV &&&&&&&&&&032869.&&&&&032,869 &&&&&&&&&&&&0539.&&&&&0539 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01396.&&&&&01,396 km²)
State map highlighting Harvey County
Haskell County 081 Sublette 1887 Formed from Finney and Ford Counties Dudley Chase Haskell, U.S. Representative from Kansas HS &&&&&&&&&&&04307.&&&&&04,307 &&&&&&&&&&&&0577.&&&&&0577 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01494.&&&&&01,494 km²)
State map highlighting Haskell County
Hodgeman County 083 Jetmore 1867 From unorganized area (Formerly Hageman County) Amos Hodgman, Union captain and Civil War hero HG &&&&&&&&&&&02085.&&&&&02,085 &&&&&&&&&&&&0860.&&&&&0860 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02227.&&&&&02,227 km²)
State map highlighting Hodgeman County


Jackson County 085 Holton 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Calhoun County) Andrew Jackson, seventh U.S. President JA &&&&&&&&&&012657.&&&&&012,657 &&&&&&&&&&&&0657.&&&&&0657 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01702.&&&&&01,702 km²)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jefferson County 087 Oskaloosa 1855 One of the original 36 counties Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President and founding father JF &&&&&&&&&&018426.&&&&&018,426 &&&&&&&&&&&&0536.&&&&&0536 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01388.&&&&&01,388 km²)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Jewell County 089 Mankato 1867 From unorganized area Lewis R. Jewell, Union colonel and Civil War hero JW &&&&&&&&&&&03791.&&&&&03,791 &&&&&&&&&&&&0909.&&&&&0909 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02354.&&&&&02,354 km²)
State map highlighting Jewell County
Johnson County 091 Olathe 1855 One of the original 36 counties Thomas Johnson, Methodist missionary who was one of the state's first settlers JO &&&&&&&&&0506562.&&&&&0506,562 &&&&&&&&&&&&0477.&&&&&0477 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01235.&&&&&01,235 km²)
State map highlighting Johnson County


Kearny County 093 Lakin 1887 Formed from Finney and Hamilton Counties Philip Kearny, American general in the Mexican-American and Civil Wars KE &&&&&&&&&&&04531.&&&&&04,531 &&&&&&&&&&&&0870.&&&&&0870 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02253.&&&&&02,253 km²)
State map highlighting Kearny County
Kingman County 095 Kingman 1872 Harper and Reno Counties Samuel A. Kingman, Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court KM &&&&&&&&&&&08673.&&&&&08,673 &&&&&&&&&&&&0864.&&&&&0864 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02238.&&&&&02,238 km²)
State map highlighting Kingman County
Kiowa County 097 Greensburg 1886 Formed from Comanche and Edwards Counties Kiowa Native Americans, who inhabited the area KW &&&&&&&&&&&03278.&&&&&03,278 &&&&&&&&&&&&0722.&&&&&0722 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01870.&&&&&01,870 km²)
State map highlighting Kiowa County


Labette County 099 Oswego 1867 Formed from Neosho County Pierre La Bette, French fur trapper who formed a peaceful relationship with area natives LB &&&&&&&&&&022835.&&&&&022,835 &&&&&&&&&&&&0649.&&&&&0649 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01681.&&&&&01,681 km²)
State map highlighting Labette County
Lane County 101 Dighton 1873 From unorganized area James H. Lane, U.S. Senator from Kansas and Free-Stater during "Bleeding Kansas" LE &&&&&&&&&&&02155.&&&&&02,155 &&&&&&&&&&&&0717.&&&&&0717 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01857.&&&&&01,857 km²)
State map highlighting Lane County
Leavenworth County 103 Leavenworth 1855 One of the original 36 counties Henry Leavenworth, general in the Indian Wars who established a fort in the area LV &&&&&&&&&&068691.&&&&&068,691 &&&&&&&&&&&&0463.&&&&&0463 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01199.&&&&&01,199 km²)
State map highlighting Leavenworth County
Lincoln County 105 Lincoln 1867 From unorganized area Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth U.S. President LC &&&&&&&&&&&03578.&&&&&03,578 &&&&&&&&&&&&0719.&&&&&0719 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01862.&&&&&01,862 km²)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Linn County 107 Mound City 1855 One of the original 36 counties Lewis Fields Linn, U.S. Senator from Kentucky whose family was later involved in the settlement of Kansas LN &&&&&&&&&&&09570.&&&&&09,570 &&&&&&&&&&&&0599.&&&&&0599 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01551.&&&&&01,551 km²)
State map highlighting Linn County
Logan County 109 Oakley 1888 Formed from Wallace County (formerly named St. John County) John Alexander Logan, prominent Union Civil War general and U.S. Senator from Illinois LG &&&&&&&&&&&03046.&&&&&03,046 &&&&&&&&&&&01073.&&&&&01,073 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02779.&&&&&02,779 km²)
State map highlighting Logan County
Lyon County 111 Emporia 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Breckenridge County) Nathaniel Lyon, first Union general to be killed in the Civil War LY &&&&&&&&&&035935.&&&&&035,935 &&&&&&&&&&&&0851.&&&&&0851 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02204.&&&&&02,204 km²)
State map highlighting Lyon County


Marion County 115 Marion 1860 From unorganized area Francis Marion, American Revolutionary War hero MN &&&&&&&&&&013361.&&&&&013,361 &&&&&&&&&&&&0943.&&&&&0943 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02442.&&&&&02,442 km²)
State map highlighting Marion County
Marshall County 117 Marysville 1855 One of the original 36 counties Frank J. Marshall, state representative who became locally known for operating the first ferry over the Big Blue River MS &&&&&&&&&&010965.&&&&&010,965 &&&&&&&&&&&&0903.&&&&&0903 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02339.&&&&&02,339 km²)
State map highlighting Marshall County
McPherson County 113 McPherson 1867 From unorganized area James Birdseye McPherson, prominent Union Civil War general MP &&&&&&&&&&029554.&&&&&029,554 &&&&&&&&&&&&0900.&&&&&0900 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02331.&&&&&02,331 km²)
State map highlighting McPherson County
Meade County 119 Meade 1885 Formed from Finney, Ford and Seward Counties George Gordon Meade, Union Civil War general best known for his victory at the Battle of Gettysburg ME &&&&&&&&&&&04631.&&&&&04,631 &&&&&&&&&&&&0978.&&&&&0978 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02533.&&&&&02,533 km²)
State map highlighting Meade County
Miami County 121 Paola 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Lykins) Miami Native Americans, who lived in the area MI &&&&&&&&&&028351.&&&&&028,351 &&&&&&&&&&&&0577.&&&&&0577 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01494.&&&&&01,494 km²)
State map highlighting Miami County
Mitchell County 123 Beloit 1867 From unorganized area William D. Mitchell, Union captain and Civil War hero MC &&&&&&&&&&&06932.&&&&&06,932 &&&&&&&&&&&&0700.&&&&&0700 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01813.&&&&&01,813 km²)
State map highlighting Mitchell County
Montgomery County 125 Independence 1867 Formed from Wilson County Richard Montgomery, Revolutionary War hero MG &&&&&&&&&&036252.&&&&&036,252 &&&&&&&&&&&&0645.&&&&&0645 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01671.&&&&&01,671 km²)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Morris County 127 Council Grove 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Wise County) Thomas Morris, U.S. Senator from Ohio and anti-slavery advocate MR &&&&&&&&&&&06104.&&&&&06,104 &&&&&&&&&&&&0697.&&&&&0697 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01805.&&&&&01,805 km²)
State map highlighting Morris County
Morton County 129 Elkhart 1886 Formed from Seward County Oliver P. Morton, Governor of Indiana and prominent anti-slavery advocate MT &&&&&&&&&&&03496.&&&&&03,496 &&&&&&&&&&&&0730.&&&&&0730 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01891.&&&&&01,891 km²)
State map highlighting Morton County


Nemaha County 131 Seneca 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Dorn County) Nemaha River, which passes through the county NM &&&&&&&&&&010717.&&&&&010,717 &&&&&&&&&&&&0719.&&&&&0719 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01862.&&&&&01,862 km²)
State map highlighting Nemaha County
Neosho County 133 Erie 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Dorn County) Neosho River, which passes through the county NO &&&&&&&&&&016997.&&&&&016,997 &&&&&&&&&&&&0572.&&&&&0572 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01481.&&&&&01,481 km²)
State map highlighting Neosho County
Ness County 135 Ness City 1867 From unorganized area Noah V. Ness, Corporal in 7th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry during Civil War[6] NS &&&&&&&&&&&03454.&&&&&03,454 &&&&&&&&&&&01075.&&&&&01,075 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02784.&&&&&02,784 km²)
State map highlighting Ness County
Norton County 137 Norton 1867 From unorganized area (Formerly Billings (1873-9) Orloff Norton, Union captain and Civil War hero NT &&&&&&&&&&&05953.&&&&&05,953 &&&&&&&&&&&&0878.&&&&&0878 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02274.&&&&&02,274 km²)
State map highlighting Norton County


Osage County 139 Lyndon 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Weller County) Osage River, which flows through the county OS &&&&&&&&&&016712.&&&&&016,712 &&&&&&&&&&&&0704.&&&&&0704 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01823.&&&&&01,823 km²)
State map highlighting Osage County
Osborne County 141 Osborne 1867 From unorganized area Vincent B. Osborne, Union soldier and Civil War hero OB &&&&&&&&&&&04452.&&&&&04,452 &&&&&&&&&&&&0893.&&&&&0893 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02313.&&&&&02,313 km²)
State map highlighting Osborne County
Ottawa County 143 Minneapolis 1860 From unorganized area Ottawa Native Americans, who lived in the area OT &&&&&&&&&&&06163.&&&&&06,163 &&&&&&&&&&&&0721.&&&&&0721 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01867.&&&&&01,867 km²)
State map highlighting Ottawa County


Pawnee County 145 Larned 1867 From unorganized area Pawnee Native Americans, who lived in the area PN &&&&&&&&&&&07233.&&&&&07,233 &&&&&&&&&&&&0754.&&&&&0754 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01953.&&&&&01,953 km²)
State map highlighting Pawnee County
Phillips County 147 Phillipsburg 1867 From unorganized area William Phillips, state legislator who pushed for creation of the county, and later U.S. Representative PL &&&&&&&&&&&06001.&&&&&06,001 &&&&&&&&&&&&0886.&&&&&0886 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02295.&&&&&02,295 km²)
State map highlighting Phillips County
Pottawatomie County 149 Westmoreland 1857 Formed from Calhoun and Riley Pottawatomie Native Americans, who lived in the area PT &&&&&&&&&&018209.&&&&&018,209 &&&&&&&&&&&&0844.&&&&&0844 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02186.&&&&&02,186 km²)
State map highlighting Pottawatomie County
Pratt County 151 Pratt 1867 From unorganized area Caleb Pratt, Union lieutenant and Civil War hero PR &&&&&&&&&&&09647.&&&&&09,647 &&&&&&&&&&&&0735.&&&&&0735 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01904.&&&&&01,904 km²)
State map highlighting Pratt County


Rawlins County 153 Atwood 1873 From unorganized area John Aaron Rawlins, prominent Union Civil War general RA &&&&&&&&&&&02966.&&&&&02,966 &&&&&&&&&&&01070.&&&&&01,070 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02771.&&&&&02,771 km²)
State map highlighting Rawlins County
Reno County 155 Hutchinson 1867 From unorganized area Jesse L. Reno, prominent Union Civil War general RN &&&&&&&&&&064790.&&&&&064,790 &&&&&&&&&&&01254.&&&&&01,254 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03248.&&&&&03,248 km²)
State map highlighting Reno County
Republic County 157 Belleville 1868 Formed from Washington County Republican River, which flows through the county RP &&&&&&&&&&&05835.&&&&&05,835 &&&&&&&&&&&&0716.&&&&&0716 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01854.&&&&&01,854 km²)
State map highlighting Republic County
Rice County 159 Lyons 1867 From unorganized area Samuel A. Rice, prominent Union Civil War general RC &&&&&&&&&&010761.&&&&&010,761 &&&&&&&&&&&&0727.&&&&&0727 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01883.&&&&&01,883 km²)
State map highlighting Rice County
Riley County 161 Manhattan 1855 One of the original 36 counties Bennett C. Riley, Mexican-American War hero RL &&&&&&&&&&062843.&&&&&062,843 &&&&&&&&&&&&0610.&&&&&0610 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01580.&&&&&01,580 km²)
State map highlighting Riley County
Rooks County 163 Stockton 1867 From unorganized area John C. Rooks, Private in 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry during Civil War[7] RO &&&&&&&&&&&05685.&&&&&05,685 &&&&&&&&&&&&0888.&&&&&0888 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02300.&&&&&02,300 km²)
State map highlighting Rooks County
Rush County 165 La Crosse 1867 From unorganized area Alexander Rush, Union captain and Civil War hero RH &&&&&&&&&&&03551.&&&&&03,551 &&&&&&&&&&&&0718.&&&&&0718 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01860.&&&&&01,860 km²)
State map highlighting Rush County
Russell County 167 Russell 1867 From unorganized area Alva P. Russell, Union captain and Civil War hero RS &&&&&&&&&&&07370.&&&&&07,370 &&&&&&&&&&&&0885.&&&&&0885 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02292.&&&&&02,292 km²)
State map highlighting Russell County


Saline County 169 Salina 1860 From unorganized area Saline River, which flows through the county SA &&&&&&&&&&053597.&&&&&053,597 &&&&&&&&&&&&0720.&&&&&0720 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01865.&&&&&01,865 km²)
State map highlighting Saline County
Scott County 171 Scott City 1873 From unorganized area Winfield Scott, Mexican-American War hero and unsuccessful presidential candidate SC &&&&&&&&&&&05120.&&&&&05,120 &&&&&&&&&&&&0718.&&&&&0718 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01860.&&&&&01,860 km²)
State map highlighting Scott County
Sedgwick County 173 Wichita 1867 Formed from Butler County John Sedgwick, highest ranking Union general killed in the Civil War SG &&&&&&&&&0452869.&&&&&0452,869 &&&&&&&&&&&01000.&&&&&01,000 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02590.&&&&&02,590 km²)
State map highlighting Sedgwick County
Seward County 175 Liberal 1873 From unorganized area William Henry Seward, U.S. Secretary of State SW &&&&&&&&&&022510.&&&&&022,510 &&&&&&&&&&&&0640.&&&&&0640 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01658.&&&&&01,658 km²)
State map highlighting Seward County
Shawnee County 177 Topeka 1855 One of the original 36 counties Shawnee Native Americans, who lived in the area SN &&&&&&&&&0169871.&&&&&0169,871 &&&&&&&&&&&&0550.&&&&&0550 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01424.&&&&&01,424 km²)
State map highlighting Shawnee County
Sheridan County 179 Hoxie 1873 From unorganized area Philip Henry Sheridan, prominent Union Civil War general SD &&&&&&&&&&&02813.&&&&&02,813 &&&&&&&&&&&&0896.&&&&&0896 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02321.&&&&&02,321 km²)
State map highlighting Sheridan County
Sherman County 181 Goodland 1873 From unorganized area William Tecumseh Sherman, prominent Civil War general known for his scorched earth tactics SH &&&&&&&&&&&06760.&&&&&06,760 &&&&&&&&&&&01056.&&&&&01,056 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02735.&&&&&02,735 km²)
State map highlighting Sherman County
Smith County 183 Smith Center 1867 From unorganized area J. Nelson Smith, Union major and Civil War hero SM &&&&&&&&&&&04536.&&&&&04,536 &&&&&&&&&&&&0896.&&&&&0896 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02321.&&&&&02,321 km²)
State map highlighting Smith County
Stafford County 185 Saint John 1867 From unorganized area Lewis Stafford, Union captain and Civil War hero SF &&&&&&&&&&&04789.&&&&&04,789 &&&&&&&&&&&&0792.&&&&&0792 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02051.&&&&&02,051 km²)
State map highlighting Stafford County
Stanton County 187 Johnson City 1887 Formed from Hamilton County Edwin McMasters Stanton, U.S. Secretary of War during the Civil War ST &&&&&&&&&&&02406.&&&&&02,406 &&&&&&&&&&&&0680.&&&&&0680 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01761.&&&&&01,761 km²)
State map highlighting Stanton County
Stevens County 189 Hugoton 1886 Formed from Seward County Thaddeus Stevens, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania who was a leader of Reconstruction politics SV &&&&&&&&&&&05463.&&&&&05,463 &&&&&&&&&&&&0728.&&&&&0728 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01886.&&&&&01,886 km²)
State map highlighting Stevens County
Sumner County 191 Wellington 1867 Formed from Butler County Charles Sumner, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who was a leader of Reconstruction politics SU &&&&&&&&&&025946.&&&&&025,946 &&&&&&&&&&&01182.&&&&&01,182 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&03061.&&&&&03,061 km²)
State map highlighting Sumner County


Thomas County 193 Colby 1873 From unorganized area George Henry Thomas, prominent Union Civil War general TH &&&&&&&&&&&08180.&&&&&08,180 &&&&&&&&&&&01075.&&&&&01,075 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02784.&&&&&02,784 km²)
State map highlighting Thomas County
Trego County 195 WaKeeney 1867 From unorganized area Edgar P. Trego, Union captain and Civil War hero TR &&&&&&&&&&&03319.&&&&&03,319 &&&&&&&&&&&&0888.&&&&&0888 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02300.&&&&&02,300 km²)
State map highlighting Trego County


Wabaunsee County 197 Alma 1855 One of the original 36 counties (Formerly Richardson County) Chief Wabaunsee, Potawatomi leader WB &&&&&&&&&&&06885.&&&&&06,885 &&&&&&&&&&&&0798.&&&&&0798 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02067.&&&&&02,067 km²)
State map highlighting Wabaunsee County
Wallace County 199 Sharon Springs 1868 From unorganized area W.H.L. Wallace, prominent Union Civil War general WA &&&&&&&&&&&01749.&&&&&01,749 &&&&&&&&&&&&0914.&&&&&0914 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02367.&&&&&02,367 km²)
State map highlighting Wallace County
Washington County 201 Washington 1857 From unorganized area George Washington, first U.S. President and founding father WS &&&&&&&&&&&06483.&&&&&06,483 &&&&&&&&&&&&0898.&&&&&0898 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&02326.&&&&&02,326 km²)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wichita County 203 Leoti 1873 From unorganized area Wichita Native Americans, who lived in the area WH &&&&&&&&&&&02531.&&&&&02,531 &&&&&&&&&&&&0719.&&&&&0719 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01862.&&&&&01,862 km²)
State map highlighting Wichita County
Wilson County 205 Fredonia 1855 One of the original 36 counties Hiero T. Wilson, Union colonel and Civil War hero WL &&&&&&&&&&010332.&&&&&010,332 &&&&&&&&&&&&0574.&&&&&0574 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01487.&&&&&01,487 km²)
State map highlighting Wilson County
Woodson County 207 Yates Center 1855 One of the original 36 counties Daniel Woodson, five time acting governor of Kansas Territory WO &&&&&&&&&&&03788.&&&&&03,788 &&&&&&&&&&&&0501.&&&&&0501 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01298.&&&&&01,298 km²)
State map highlighting Woodson County
Wyandotte County 209 Kansas City 1859 Formed from Leavenworth and Johnson Counties Wyandotte Native Americans, who lived in the area WY &&&&&&&&&0157882.&&&&&0157,882 &&&&&&&&&&&&0151.&&&&&0151 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0391.&&&&&0391 km²)
State map highlighting Wyandotte County

Former counties of Kansas[change | edit source]

Sortable table
County Dates Notes Source
Washington 1855–1857 One of 36 Original Counties. [8]
Seward 1855-67 One of the Original 36 Counties. Formerly part of Godfroy. Dissolved into Greenwood and Howard Counties. [9]
Hunter 1855-64 One of the Original 36 Counties. Dissolved into Butler County. [10]
Irving 1860-4 Formed from Hunter County. Dissolved into Butler County. [11]
Otoe 1860-4 Formed from Unorganized Area and dissolved into Butler County. [12]
Shirley 1860-5 Formed from Unorganized Area and dissolved into Washington County. [13]
Peketon 1860-5 Formed from Unorganized Area and dissolved back into Unorganized Area. [14]
Madison 1855-61 One of the Original 36 Counties. Dissolved into Breckenridge and Greenwood. [15]
Howard 1867-75 Formed from Seward and Butler Counties. Dissolved into Chautauqua and Elk Counties. [16]
Arapahoe 1873-83 Formed from Unorganized Area. Dissolved into Finney County. [17]
Buffalo 1873-81 Formed from Unorganized Area. Dissolved into Gray County. [18]
Kansas 1873-83 Formed from Unorganized Area. Dissolved into Seward County. [19]
Sequoyah 1873-83 Formed from Unorganized Area. Dissolved into Finney County. [20]
Garfield 1887-93 Formed from Finney and Hodgeman Counties and merged into Finney County. [21]
Billings 1873–1874 Created from Norton County and returned to Norton County. [22]

References[change | edit source]

  1. "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". EPA.gov. http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/codes/ks.html. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 National Association of Counties. "NACo - Find a county". http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/state.cfm&state.cfm&statecode=KS. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
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  4. Kansas Place-Names,John Rydjord, University of Oklahoma Press, 1972, p. 400 ISBN 0-8061-0994-7
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  6. Kansas Place-Names,John Rydjord, University of Oklahoma Press, 1972, p. 407 ISBN 0-8061-0994-7
  7. Kansas Place-Names,John Rydjord, University of Oklahoma Press, 1972, p. 400 ISBN 0-8061-0994-7
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  10. Kansas State Historical Society. "Hunter County, Kansas (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:HU. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  11. Kansas State Historical Society. "Irving County, Kansas (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:IR. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  12. Kansas State Historical Society. "Otoe County, Kansas (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:OE. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  13. Kansas State Historical Society. "Shirley County, Kansas (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:SL. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  14. Kansas State Historical Society. "Peketon County, Kansas (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:PK. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  15. Kansas State Historical Society. "Madison County, Kansas (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:MD. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  16. Kansas State Historical Society. "Howard County, Kansas (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:HO. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  17. Kansas State Historical Society. "Arapahoe County, Kansas (2nd) (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:AA. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  18. Kansas State Historical Society. "Buffalo County, Kansas (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:BF. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
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  21. Kansas State Historical Society. "Garfield County, Kansas (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:GF. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  22. Kansas State Historical Society. "Billings County, Kansas (defunct)". Kansas County Factsheets. Kansas State Historical Society. http://www.kshs.org/geog/geog_counties/view/county:BI. Retrieved 27 November 2010.