Atchison County, Kansas

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Atchison County, Kansas
County
Atchison county kansas courthouse 1974.jpg
Atchison County Courthouse in Atchison
Location within Kansas
Location within Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°32′N 95°18′W / 39.533°N 95.300°W / 39.533; -95.300
FoundedAugust 25, 1855[source?]
Named forDavid Rice Atchison
SeatAtchison
Largest cityAtchison
Area
 • Total434 sq mi (1,124 km2)
 • Land431 sq mi (1,116 km2)
 • Water2.6 sq mi (7 km2), 0.6%
Population (est.)
 • (2016)16,380
 • Density39/sq mi (15/km2)
Area code(s)913
Congressional district2nd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
WebsiteAtchisonCountyKS.org

Atchison County (county code AT) is a county in northeastern Kansas, in the Central United States. In 2010, 16,924 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is Atchison. Atchison is also the biggest city in the count.[2] The county is named after David Rice Atchison, a United States Senator from Missouri.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 434 square miles (1,120 km2). Of that, 431 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) (0.6%) is water.[4] It is the fourth-smallest county by area in Kansas.

On July 4, 1804, to mark Independence Day, the Lewis and Clark Expedition named Independence Creek near the city of Atchison (see Timeline of the Lewis and Clark Expedition).


Major highways[change | change source]

Sources: National Atlas,[5] U.S. Census Bureau[6]

People[change | change source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18607,729
187015,507100.6%
188026,66872.0%
189026,7580.3%
190028,6066.9%
191028,107−1.7%
192023,411−16.7%
193023,9452.3%
194022,222−7.2%
195021,496−3.3%
196020,898−2.8%
197019,165−8.3%
198018,397−4.0%
199016,932−8.0%
200016,774−0.9%
201016,9240.9%
Est. 201616,380[7]−2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2016[1]

Atchison County is in the Atchison, KS Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is also included in the Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS Combined Statistical Area.

Government[change | change source]

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Atchison County has been a swing county for most of its history. It has had multiple extended streaks of being a bellwether county, the first running from 1896 to 1936. After voting more Republican than the nation in the 1940s & voting for losing candidate Richard Nixon in 1960, another bellwether streak ran from 1964 to 2004. Since then, the county has become significantly more Republican, with Barack Obama failing to win the county in both of his victories & Hillary Clinton losing it by over 30 percent to Donald Trump in 2016.

Presidential elections results
Presidential election results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 61.6% 4,049 30.3% 1,989 8.2% 537
2012 58.7% 3,917 38.5% 2,567 2.9% 190
2008 52.7% 3,791 45.1% 3,241 2.2% 159
2004 54.5% 3,880 43.8% 3,120 1.7% 118
2000 49.0% 3,378 46.0% 3,171 5.1% 351
1996 43.3% 2,828 44.8% 2,926 12.0% 784
1992 33.5% 2,521 39.3% 2,959 27.2% 2,050
1988 49.0% 3,243 48.0% 3,177 2.9% 194
1984 62.5% 4,537 36.4% 2,641 1.1% 77
1980 53.9% 4,084 40.4% 3,063 5.7% 434
1976 48.3% 4,030 49.2% 4,108 2.5% 206
1972 67.8% 5,471 29.8% 2,404 2.4% 191
1968 46.0% 3,644 42.7% 3,379 11.4% 899
1964 38.2% 3,147 61.2% 5,037 0.6% 45
1960 52.3% 4,793 47.3% 4,336 0.3% 31
1956 64.1% 5,608 35.8% 3,134 0.1% 9
1952 64.6% 6,004 35.3% 3,283 0.1% 9
1948 51.0% 4,141 48.2% 3,910 0.8% 62
1944 58.6% 4,731 41.2% 3,325 0.3% 20
1940 56.1% 5,921 43.2% 4,557 0.8% 82
1936 47.6% 5,312 52.1% 5,817 0.3% 31
1932 45.2% 4,778 53.3% 5,640 1.5% 157
1928 63.7% 6,647 36.0% 3,756 0.4% 37
1924 63.8% 6,246 22.5% 2,199 13.7% 1,341
1920 65.0% 5,872 34.1% 3,082 0.9% 77
1916 48.6% 4,624 48.7% 4,634 2.7% 254
1912 27.4% 1,535 43.7% 2,449 28.9% 1,618
1908 54.9% 3,244 43.9% 2,593 1.2% 68
1904 64.3% 3,542 33.6% 1,854 2.1% 117
1900 55.5% 3,390 43.9% 2,682 0.5% 32
1896 52.7% 3,326 46.9% 2,963 0.4% 28
1892 49.2% 2,666 50.8% 2,756
1888 52.1% 3,219 42.1% 2,603 5.8% 357

Education[change | change source]

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Communities[change | change source]

2005 KDOT Map of Atchison County (map legend)

Cities[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. "Profile for Atchison County, Kansas". ePodunk. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. National Atlas Archived December 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. U.S. Census Bureau TIGER shape files
  7. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  8. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  9. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  10. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  11. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  12. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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