Cuba, Kansas

Coordinates: 39°48′08″N 97°27′27″W / 39.80222°N 97.45750°W / 39.80222; -97.45750
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Cuba, Kansas
Location within Republic County and Kansas
Location within Republic County and Kansas
KDOT map of Republic County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°48′08″N 97°27′27″W / 39.80222°N 97.45750°W / 39.80222; -97.45750[1]
CountryUnited States
Named forCuba
 • Total0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
 • Land0.29 sq mi (0.75 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation1,581 ft (482 m)
 • Total140
 • Density480/sq mi (190/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code785
FIPS code20-16625
GNIS ID2393691[1]

Cuba is a city in Republic County, Kansas, United States. In 2020, 140 people lived there.[3]

History[change | change source]

1915 Railroad Map of Republic County

The community was created in 1868 by American southerners going west after the American Civil War. The city got its name from one person who had once lived on the island of Cuba.[5] Other early settlers of Cuba are Czech immigrants from Bohemia that moved to Cuba in the mid-1870s. Originally most of the people of Cuba were of Czech and Austrian descent.[5]

The entire town of Cuba moved to its current place in 1884 in order to be on the railroad that had been built through that territory.[6]

The town has received attention due to its small town American nature documented by photographer Jim Richardson. The city of Cuba and Jim Richardson were shown on the CBS News Sunday Morning show in 1983 and in 2004, as well as the May 2004 issue of National Geographic magazine.[5]

Geography[change | change source]

Cuba is at 39°48′8″N 97°27′27″W / 39.80222°N 97.45750°W / 39.80222; -97.45750 (39.802346, -97.457422). The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 0.29 square miles (0.75 km2). All of it is land.[2]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census[change | change source]

The 2020 census says that there were 140 people, 69 households, and 40 families living in Cuba. Of the households, 88.4% owned their home and 11.6% rented their home.

The median age was 59.0 years. Of the people, 95.7% were White, 0.7% were from some other race, and 3.6% were two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the people.[3][7]

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 156 people, 79 households, and 48 families living in Cuba.[8]

Government[change | change source]

The Cuba government has of a mayor and five council members. The council meets once a month.[4]

Cultural events[change | change source]

Czech Day[change | change source]

Each year, a local club, The Cuba Booster Club, organizes Czech Day. This is a three-day event. The main activity is people rocking in rocking chairs without stopping. This is called a Rock-A-Thon. Some other activities are an auction and a Czech dinner. Because of Covid 19, Czech Day was not held for two years. [9][10]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cuba, Kansas
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 17, 2023.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "DP1: PROFILE OF GENERAL POPULATION AND HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 17, 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Information about City of Cuba". The League of Kansas Municipalities. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Pulling Together: 30 Years in the Life of Cuba, Kansas Archived 2004-04-23 at the Wayback Machine, Jim Richardson, National Geographic
  6. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 486. ISBN 9780722249055.
  7. "P16: HOUSEHOLD TYPE". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 30, 2023.
  8. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  9. "For 46 years, Czech Day has brought rockers of all ages to a small Kansas town". 26 March 2023.
  10. "40 years after its only doctor died, a tiny Kansas town refuses to do the same". 22 March 2021.

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