Bennington, Kansas

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Bennington, Kansas
Location within Ottawa County and Kansas
Location within Ottawa County and Kansas
KDOT map of Ottawa County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°1′59″N 97°35′35″W / 39.03306°N 97.59306°W / 39.03306; -97.59306Coordinates: 39°1′59″N 97°35′35″W / 39.03306°N 97.59306°W / 39.03306; -97.59306
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyOttawa
Platted1878
Incorporated1885
Named forBennington, Vermont
Government
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • MayorWard Stockhamp[1][2]
Area
 • Total0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
 • Land0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,220 ft (370 m)
Population
 • Total672
 • Estimate 
(2016)[5]
645
 • Density1,600/sq mi (620/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67422 [6]
Area code785, exchange 488
FIPS code20-06075 [7]
GNIS ID0476467 [8]
Websitecityofbennington.com

Bennington is a city in Ottawa County, Kansas, United States.[9] In 2010, 672 people lived there.[10]

History[change | change source]

19th century[change | change source]

Bennington was platted in 1878. More than 200 people lived there within three years.[11] The city name comes from one of two sources. A paper written on the history of Bennington says that Bennington is an Indian name, and it means "place of fine trees." The same paper also says that co-city creator George R. Parker gave the town its name after Bennington, Vermont.[12] The Solomon Valley Railroad, part of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, reached Bennington in 1878.[11]

In 1879, the first school was one half-mile south of town. In 1918, a new school house was built. In 1938, an auditorium was added; in 1955 a shop was added; and in 1961 a new grade school building was annexed.[11]

Geography[change | change source]

Bennington is at 39°1′59″N 97°35′35″W / 39.03306°N 97.59306°W / 39.03306; -97.59306 (39.033174, -97.593030).[13] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.42 square miles (1.09 km2). All of it is land.[3]

Climate[change | change source]

Bennington has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Bennington has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[14]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890390
1900389−0.3%
1910386−0.8%
1920371−3.9%
19303740.8%
1940369−1.3%
1950325−11.9%
196053564.6%
19705614.9%
19805793.2%
1990568−1.9%
20006239.7%
20106727.9%
Est. 2016645[5]−4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

Bennington is part of the Salina Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 672 people, 261 households, and 188 families living in Bennington.[4]

Education[change | change source]

Bennington is part of Twin Valley USD 240 public school district.[15]

References[change | change source]

  1. Bennington - Directory of Public Officials Archived December 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. Bennington - Government Archived September 24, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. 3.0 3.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS - Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  7. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  9. "Geographic Names Information System". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 History of Bennington Archived May 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  12. History of Bennington (continued) Archived May 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  13. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. Climate Summary for Bennington, Kansas
  15. USD 240

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