Goddard, Kansas

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Goddard, Kansas
Goddard (2018)
Goddard (2018)
Location within Sedgwick County and Kansas
Location within Sedgwick County and Kansas
KDOT map of Sedgwick County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°39′35″N 97°34′27″W / 37.65972°N 97.57417°W / 37.65972; -97.57417Coordinates: 37°39′35″N 97°34′27″W / 37.65972°N 97.57417°W / 37.65972; -97.57417
CountryUnited States
Named forJ.F. Goddard
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • MayorJamey Blubaugh
 • City AdministratorBrian Silcott
 • Total4.49 sq mi (11.63 km2)
 • Land4.43 sq mi (11.47 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
1,463 ft (446 m)
 • Total4,344
 • Estimate 
 • Density970/sq mi (370/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code316
FIPS code20-26725 [3]
GNIS ID0474001 [4]

Goddard is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States. It is a suburb of Wichita. In 2010, 4,344 people lived there.[3]

History[change | change source]

1915 Railroad Map of Sedgwick County

In 1883, Ezekiel Wilder bought farmland on the planned railway of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway south of Blendon, Kansas. It was about 10 miles (16 km) west of Wichita.[5] There, he built the town of Goddard. It was named after J. F. Goddard, former third vice-president of the ATSF Railway.[6][7] The railroad reached Goddard in 1884. A post office was built there the same year. Several buildings were moved from Blendon, including the town hall and the planned Methodist church. Goddard was officially incorporated in 1910.

On June 23, 1969, an F4 tornado hit Goddard. No people died, but six people were injured.[8]

Geography[change | change source]

Goddard is at 37°39′35″N 97°34′27″W / 37.65972°N 97.57417°W / 37.65972; -97.57417 (37.659706, -97.574271)[9] at an elevation of 1,463 feet (446 m).[4] Goddard is on U.S. Route 54 in south-central Kansas immediately west of Wichita.[10]

Goddard is about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of the Arkansas River and 8 miles (13 km) north-northeast of the Ninnescah River in the Wellington-McPherson Lowlands region of the Great Plains.[10][11]

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 4.49 square miles (11.63 km2). Of that, 4.43 square miles (11.47 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.[1]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2018 (est.)4,724[2]8.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

Goddard is part of the Wichita, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 United States Census says that there were 4,344 people, 1,442 households, and 1,124 families living in Goddard.[3]

Education[change | change source]

Primary and secondary education[change | change source]

Goddard USD 265 has eleven schools in and around the city.[13]

Libraries[change | change source]

The Goddard Public Library, which is in downtown, has a collection of over 28,000 volumes. It also has technology services and reading programs for the people.[14][15]

Infrastructure[change | change source]

Utilities[change | change source]

The city government's Public Works Department is responsible for both providing water and waste water management.[16] Westar Energy provides electric power.[17] Most people use natural gas for heating fuel; service is provided by Kansas Gas Service.[18][17]

Media[change | change source]

Goddard is in both the Wichita radio and television markets.[19][20]

Parks and recreation[change | change source]

The city government maintains two parks in Goddard as well as a city swimming pool.[21][22]

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 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "History". City of Goddard, Kansas. Archived from the original on 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  6. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 139.
  7. The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway and Auxiliary Companies - Annual Meetings, and Directors and Officers; January 1, 1902
  8. http://tornadohistoryproject.com/tornado/19690623.20.10[permanent dead link]
  9. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "2003-2004 Official Transportation Map" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2003. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
  11. "General Highway Map - Sedgwick County, Kansas" (PDF). Kansas Department of Transportation. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
  12. United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  13. "USD 265 Goddard Public Schools". Goddard Public Schools. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  14. "Goddard Public Library - Goddard, KS". libraries.org - A directory of libraries throughout the world. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  15. "Programs". Goddard Public Library. Archived from the original on 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  16. "Public Works". City of Goddard, Kansas. Retrieved 2014-10-24.[permanent dead link]
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Telephone & Utilities". Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 2014-11-02. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  18. "Goddard, Kansas". City-Data.com. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  19. "2011 Arbitron Radio Metro Map" (PDF). Arbitron. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  20. "Kansas [Map]". EchoStar Knowledge Base. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  21. "Goddard Living". Goddard Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 2014-10-24.[permanent dead link]
  22. "Goddard City Pool". City of Goddard, Kansas. Archived from the original on 2014-10-24. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  23. "Derek Norris". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  24. "Ed Siever". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  25. Lowry, Bryan. "Former U.S. Rep. Tiahrt takes job with D.C. lobbying firm". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  26. "Logan Watkins". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06.

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