Clay Center, Kansas

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Clay Center, Kansas
Clay County Courthouse (2006)
Clay County Courthouse (2006)
Location within Clay County and Kansas
Location within Clay County and Kansas
KDOT map of Clay County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°22′48″N 97°7′23″W / 39.38000°N 97.12306°W / 39.38000; -97.12306Coordinates: 39°22′48″N 97°7′23″W / 39.38000°N 97.12306°W / 39.38000; -97.12306
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyClay
Founded1862
Incorporated1875
Government
 • MayorJames Thatcher
Area
 • Total3.08 sq mi (7.98 km2)
 • Land3.08 sq mi (7.98 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,201 ft (366 m)
Population
 • Total4,334
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
3,989
 • Density1,400/sq mi (540/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67432
Area code785
FIPS code20-13625
GNIS ID0476034 [4]
Websitecityofclaycenter.com

Clay Center is a city in Clay County, Kansas, United States.[5] It is also the county seat of Clay County. In 2010, 4,334 people lived there.[6]

History[change | change source]

Clay Center was created in 1862.[7] It was named "Clay Center" because it was the geographical center of Clay County.[8]

The first post office in Clay Center was built on July 3, 1862.[9]

Clay Center was on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads.[10]

Geography[change | change source]

Clay Center is at 39°22′48″N 97°7′23″W / 39.38000°N 97.12306°W / 39.38000; -97.12306 (39.379920, -97.123168).[11] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 3.08 square miles (7.98 km2). All of it is land.[1] Clay Center is unique, because it is the geographic midpoint between Los Angeles, California and New York City, the two biggest American cities. Both cities are exactly 1,224 mi (1,970 km) from Clay Center.[12]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18801,753
18902,80259.8%
19003,0699.5%
19103,43812.0%
19203,7158.1%
19304,38618.1%
19404,5183.0%
19504,5280.2%
19604,6131.9%
19704,9637.6%
19804,948−0.3%
19904,613−6.8%
20004,564−1.1%
20104,334−5.0%
2018 (est.)3,989[3]−8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
2012 Estimate[14]

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 4,334 people, 1,920 households, and 1,172 families living in Clay Center.[2]

Famous people[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  7. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 361. ISBN 9780722249055.
  8. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 160.
  9. "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  10. "Geohydrology of Clay County". Kansas Geological Survey. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  11. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ""As The Crow Flies" Distance Calculator". Tjpeiffer. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  13. United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  14. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2014.

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