Geary County, Kansas

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Geary County, Kansas
County
Geary county courthouse kansas.jpg
Geary County Courthouse in Junction City
Location within Kansas
Location within Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
Founded1855 [1]
Named forJohn W. Geary
SeatJunction City
Largest cityJunction City
Area
 • Total404 sq mi (1,046 km2)
 • Land385 sq mi (997 km2)
 • Water20 sq mi (52 km2), 4.9%
Population (est.)
 • (2016)35,586
 • Density61/sq mi (24/km2)
Congressional district1st
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitegearycounty.org

Geary County (county code GE) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010, 34,362 people lived there.[2] Its county seat and most populous city is Junction City.[3] The county is named after Governor John W. Geary.

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 404 square miles (1,050 km2). Of that, 385 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (4.9%) is water.[4] It is the second-smallest county in Kansas by land area. It is the third-smallest by total area.

People[change | change source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18601,163
18705,526375.2%
18806,99426.6%
189010,42849.1%
190010,7443.0%
191012,68118.0%
192013,4526.1%
193014,3666.8%
194015,2226.0%
195021,67142.4%
196028,77932.8%
197028,111−2.3%
198029,8526.2%
199030,4532.0%
200027,947−8.2%
201034,36223.0%
Est. 201635,586[5]27.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2016[2]

Geary County is in the Junction City, KS Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is included in the Manhattan-Junction City, KS Combined Statistical Area.

Government[change | change source]

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 57.0% 4,274 36.3% 2,722 6.8% 508
2012 55.7% 4,372 42.5% 3,332 1.8% 141
2008 55.5% 4,492 43.1% 3,491 1.4% 111
2004 64.2% 4,703 34.5% 2,531 1.3% 94
2000 57.9% 3,977 38.7% 2,660 3.3% 229
1996 54.3% 3,686 36.0% 2,444 9.7% 660
1992 38.8% 2,928 33.9% 2,559 27.4% 2,069
1988 57.5% 3,782 41.4% 2,721 1.1% 70
1984 65.4% 4,464 33.7% 2,296 0.9% 61
1980 56.1% 3,534 37.4% 2,357 6.6% 413
1976 52.1% 3,230 45.9% 2,843 2.0% 123
1972 70.0% 4,299 27.8% 1,708 2.2% 133
1968 50.7% 2,954 38.2% 2,228 11.1% 645
1964 39.3% 2,259 59.5% 3,419 1.2% 67
1960 61.3% 3,789 38.3% 2,365 0.5% 29
1956 65.5% 4,013 33.9% 2,078 0.5% 32
1952 70.5% 4,314 28.6% 1,750 0.9% 52
1948 49.7% 2,864 48.8% 2,810 1.5% 86
1944 57.0% 2,833 42.4% 2,107 0.7% 33
1940 52.7% 2,840 46.4% 2,504 0.9% 50
1936 44.4% 2,382 55.4% 2,973 0.2% 12
1932 40.9% 1,957 56.6% 2,705 2.5% 121
1928 69.2% 2,746 30.3% 1,203 0.6% 22
1924 66.3% 2,678 17.9% 723 15.8% 636
1920 69.6% 2,404 27.8% 962 2.6% 90
1916 48.2% 1,731 48.5% 1,740 3.3% 120
1912 17.4% 387 35.9% 800 46.7% 1,039
1908 53.4% 1,257 43.9% 1,033 2.8% 65
1904 67.9% 1,431 28.0% 591 4.1% 86
1900 54.6% 1,240 44.4% 1,009 1.1% 24
1896 46.8% 1,051 52.1% 1,171 1.2% 26
1892 42.7% 863 57.3% 1,157
1888 54.3% 1,027 40.0% 756 5.7% 107

Laws[change | change source]

Geary County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement. The food sales requirement was removed with voter approval in 1990.[11]

Education[change | change source]

Unified school districts[change | change source]

  • Geary County USD 475[12]
    • Geary is one of the few Kansas counties where a single school district serves the entire county.

Communities[change | change source]

2005 KDOT Map of Geary County (map legend)

Cities[change | change source]

Unincorporated community[change | change source]

Ghost towns[change | change source]

Fort Riley[change | change source]

Located north of the junction of the Smoky Hill and Republican rivers, the Fort Riley Military Reservation covers 100,656 acres (407 km2) in Geary and Riley counties. The fort has a daytime population of nearly 25,000 and includes one census-designated place:

  • Fort Riley (formerly Fort Riley North), primarily in Riley County

Townships[change | change source]

Geary County is divided into eight townships. The city of Junction City is considered governmentally independent and is excluded 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
Blakely 07275 113 1 (3) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°54′32″N 96°45′9″W / 38.90889°N 96.75250°W / 38.90889; -96.75250
Jackson 34775 78 1 (2) 104 (40) 0 (0) 0% 39°1′25″N 96°33′42″W / 39.02361°N 96.56167°W / 39.02361; -96.56167
Jefferson 35200 Grandview Plaza 1,651 13 (35) 124 (48) 2 (1) 1.55% 39°1′53″N 96°46′53″W / 39.03139°N 96.78139°W / 39.03139; -96.78139
Liberty 40050 225 1 (3) 171 (66) 0 (0) 0.03% 38°54′53″N 96°36′8″W / 38.91472°N 96.60222°W / 38.91472; -96.60222
Lyon 43500 298 3 (7) 113 (43) 1 (1) 1.20% 38°55′17″N 96°52′3″W / 38.92139°N 96.86750°W / 38.92139; -96.86750
Milford 46550 1,583 16 (41) 101 (39) 28 (11) 21.49% 39°8′59″N 96°54′22″W / 39.14972°N 96.90611°W / 39.14972; -96.90611
Smoky Hill 66000 4,974 33 (86) 149 (58) 20 (8) 11.84% 39°2′14″N 96°53′58″W / 39.03722°N 96.89944°W / 39.03722; -96.89944
Wingfield 80025 139 1 (3) 123 (48) 0 (0) 0% 38°59′38″N 96°38′37″W / 38.99389°N 96.64361°W / 38.99389; -96.64361
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. Archived from the original on 2002-08-02.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Geary County, Kansas Genealogy". Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  3. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  7. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  8. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  9. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  10. Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org.
  11. "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Archived from the original on October 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
  12. "USD 475 – USD 475 – Preparing today's students for tomorrow's world". www.usd475.org.

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Coordinates: 39°00′N 96°40′W / 39.000°N 96.667°W / 39.000; -96.667