Clay County, Kansas

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Clay County
Clay County Courthouse in Clay Center, Kansas
Clay County Courthouse in Clay Center, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Clay County
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: Coordinates: 39°21′N 97°10′W / 39.350°N 97.167°W / 39.350; -97.167
Country United States
State Kansas
FoundedFebruary 20, 1857
Named forHenry Clay
SeatClay Center
Largest cityClay Center
Area
 • Total656 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 • Land645 sq mi (1,670 km2)
 • Water10 sq mi (30 km2)  1.6%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2016)
8,143
 • Density13/sq mi (5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code785
Congressional district1st
WebsiteClayCountyKansas.org

Clay County (county code CY) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, 8,535 people lived there.[1] Its county seat and the city with the most people is Clay Center.[2]

History[change | change source]

On February 20, 1857, Clay County was created. It was named in honor of the famous American statesman Henry Clay.[3] Clay was a member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century.

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 656 square miles (1,700 km2). Of that, 645 square miles (1,670 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (1.6%) is water.[4]

Bordering counties[change | change source]

Major highways[change | change source]

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

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860163
18702,9421,704.9%
188012,320318.8%
189016,14631.1%
190015,833−1.9%
191015,251−3.7%
192014,365−5.8%
193014,5561.3%
194013,281−8.8%
195011,697−11.9%
196010,675−8.7%
19709,890−7.4%
19809,802−0.9%
19909,158−6.6%
20008,822−3.7%
20108,535−3.3%
Est. 20168,143[7]−4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2016[1]

Government[change | change source]

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 75.7% 2,891 17.7% 677 6.6% 252
2012 75.6% 2,788 22.6% 834 1.7% 64
2008 74.0% 2,998 24.9% 1,009 1.2% 47
2004 79.2% 3,174 19.8% 793 1.1% 43
2000 73.3% 2,998 23.3% 951 3.4% 139
1996 66.9% 2,793 23.1% 963 10.1% 421
1992 47.9% 2,198 20.6% 947 31.5% 1,445
1988 72.1% 2,997 26.8% 1,112 1.2% 48
1984 78.8% 3,559 20.3% 919 0.9% 41
1980 73.9% 3,449 20.0% 932 6.1% 286
1976 63.9% 3,085 33.3% 1,610 2.8% 137
1972 78.4% 3,562 19.5% 887 2.0% 93
1968 72.0% 3,335 20.0% 926 8.1% 374
1964 62.2% 3,030 37.1% 1,806 0.8% 37
1960 75.3% 3,937 23.8% 1,246 0.8% 43
1956 80.2% 4,378 18.9% 1,034 0.9% 49
1952 84.9% 5,059 13.9% 831 1.2% 71
1948 65.9% 3,763 31.6% 1,804 2.5% 144
1944 74.0% 4,101 25.1% 1,391 0.9% 49
1940 68.7% 4,699 30.2% 2,067 1.0% 70
1936 50.5% 3,525 49.3% 3,441 0.3% 21
1932 47.3% 3,115 49.9% 3,289 2.8% 187
1928 73.7% 4,457 25.1% 1,515 1.2% 72
1924 62.9% 3,767 23.7% 1,417 13.4% 802
1920 72.7% 3,521 23.8% 1,155 3.5% 168
1916 47.7% 2,692 46.6% 2,632 5.7% 320
1912 22.7% 843 37.0% 1,373 40.4%1,499[a]
1908 53.0% 1,858 42.6% 1,495 4.4% 155
1904 68.6% 2,262 12.2% 403 19.2% 634
1900 51.5% 2,001 47.0% 1,826 1.6% 61
1896 45.6% 1,655 53.1% 1,929 1.4% 49
1892 43.8% 1,666 56.2% 2,149
1888 50.8% 1,914 24.4% 920 24.8% 934

Education[change | change source]

Unified school districts[change | change source]

Communities[change | change source]

2005 KDOT Map of Clay County (map legend)

Cities[change | change source]

Unincorporated communities[change | change source]

  • Athelstane
  • Bateham
  • Broughton
  • Browndale
  • Exeter
  • Fact
  • Fancy Creek
  • Garfield Center
  • Gatesville
  • Idana
  • Industry
  • Ladysmith
  • Northern (no longer exists)
  • Republican City

Ghost towns[change | change source]

Townships[change | change source]

Clay County is divided into eighteen townships. The city of Clay Center is considered governmentally independent and is not included 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.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Athelstane 02950 144 2 (4) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.03% 39°10′17″N 97°12′35″W / 39.17139°N 97.20972°W / 39.17139; -97.20972
Blaine 07050 259 2 (6) 109 (42) 1 (0) 0.94% 39°20′38″N 97°11′11″W / 39.34389°N 97.18639°W / 39.34389; -97.18639
Bloom 07325 125 1 (3) 122 (47) 1 (0) 0.53% 39°26′29″N 97°16′51″W / 39.44139°N 97.28083°W / 39.44139; -97.28083
Chapman 12525 Longford 202 2 (6) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.09% 39°10′21″N 97°19′35″W / 39.17250°N 97.32639°W / 39.17250; -97.32639
Clay Center 13650 368 4 (10) 98 (38) 1 (1) 1.46% 39°21′30″N 97°6′17″W / 39.35833°N 97.10472°W / 39.35833; -97.10472
Exeter 22100 81 1 (2) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.08% 39°15′24″N 97°11′36″W / 39.25667°N 97.19333°W / 39.25667; -97.19333
Five Creeks 23475 159 2 (4) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°21′22″N 97°18′14″W / 39.35611°N 97.30389°W / 39.35611; -97.30389
Garfield 25500 107 1 (3) 91 (35) 0 (0) 0.05% 39°31′55″N 97°7′5″W / 39.53194°N 97.11806°W / 39.53194; -97.11806
Gill 26250 140 2 (5) 78 (30) 0 (0) 0.04% 39°10′10″N 97°6′3″W / 39.16944°N 97.10083°W / 39.16944; -97.10083
Goshen 27025 92 1 (3) 91 (35) 0 (0) 0% 39°31′4″N 97°0′14″W / 39.51778°N 97.00389°W / 39.51778; -97.00389
Grant 27500 132 2 (5) 74 (29) 13 (5) 14.83% 39°16′12″N 96°59′27″W / 39.27000°N 96.99083°W / 39.27000; -96.99083
Hayes 30875 206 2 (6) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°26′9″N 97°5′58″W / 39.43583°N 97.09944°W / 39.43583; -97.09944
Highland 31825 Green 310 3 (9) 92 (35) 0 (0) 0.07% 39°25′28″N 97°0′1″W / 39.42444°N 97.00028°W / 39.42444; -97.00028
Mulberry 49000 Clifton (part) 331 3 (9) 97 (38) 2 (1) 1.99% 39°32′19″N 97°16′23″W / 39.53861°N 97.27306°W / 39.53861; -97.27306
Oakland 51725 110 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0% 39°15′30″N 97°20′21″W / 39.25833°N 97.33917°W / 39.25833; -97.33917
Republican 59025 Wakefield 1,024 14 (36) 73 (28) 10 (4) 12.46% 39°12′7″N 97°0′50″W / 39.20194°N 97.01389°W / 39.20194; -97.01389
Sherman 64850 Morganville 328 4 (10) 85 (33) 1 (0) 1.00% 39°30′15″N 97°12′42″W / 39.50417°N 97.21167°W / 39.50417; -97.21167
Union 72075 140 2 (4) 92 (35) 0 (0) 0.38% 39°16′16″N 97°4′53″W / 39.27111°N 97.08139°W / 39.27111; -97.08139
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. Archived from the original on 2002-08-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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Notes[change | change source]

  1. This total comprises 1,250 votes for Progressive Theodore Roosevelt and 249 for Socialist Eugene Debs.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 83.
  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 22, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  10. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  11. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  12. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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