Greensburg, Kansas

Coordinates: 37°36′18″N 99°17′22″W / 37.60500°N 99.28944°W / 37.60500; -99.28944
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Greensburg, Kansas
Greensburg Water Tower (2009)
Greensburg Water Tower (2009)
Location within Kiowa County and Kansas
Location within Kiowa County and Kansas
KDOT map of Kiowa County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°36′18″N 99°17′22″W / 37.60500°N 99.28944°W / 37.60500; -99.28944[1]
CountryUnited States
Named forD.R. Green
 • Total1.79 sq mi (4.63 km2)
 • Land1.79 sq mi (4.63 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation2,234 ft (681 m)
 • Total740
 • Density410/sq mi (160/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code620
FIPS code20-28675
GNIS ID485585[1]

Greensburg is a city in, Kiowa County, Kansas, United States.[1] It is also the county seat of Kiowa County. In 2020, 740 people lived there.[3]

In the evening of May 4, 2007, Greensburg was hit by an EF5 tornado that traveled quickly through the area. It destroyed at least 95 percent of the city. It killed eleven people between the ages of 46 and 84.[4][5][6][7][8]

Greensburg today is a model "green town". It is often described as the greenest in America. The hospital, city hall, and school have all been built to the highest certification level issued by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Greensburg is also home to the world's largest hand-dug well.

History[change | change source]

21st century[change | change source]

City center, twelve days after the tornado struck (2007)

At 9:45 p.m. CDT on May 4, 2007, during a deadly tornado outbreak,[9] Greensburg was hit by an EF5 tornado. The tornado was estimated to be 1.7 miles (2.7 km) in width — wider than the city itself — and traveled for nearly 22 miles (35 km). Tornado sirens sounded in the city twenty minutes before the tornado struck, and a tornado emergency was issued, which undoubtedly saved many lives.[10][11]

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and President George W. Bush both declared Kiowa County a disaster area,[12] which opened up the affected areas for national and international aid. The tornado killed 10 people in Greensburg and two more in neighboring towns.[13]

Geography[change | change source]

Greensburg is at 37°36′18″N 99°17′22″W / 37.604875°N 99.289569°W / 37.604875; -99.289569 (37.604875, -99.289569).[1] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2). All of it is land.[2]

Demographics[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census[change | change source]

The 2020 census says that there were 740 people living in Greensburg. There were 329 households.[3]

Education[change | change source]

Greensburg is served by USD 422 Kiowa County Schools. The Kiowa County High School mascot is Mavericks.[14]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Greensburg, 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. "Tornado was an EF-5; FEMA's help expected". The Wichita Eagle. 2007-05-06. Archived from the original on 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-05-06.
  5. "Man Dies Months After Kansas Tornado Hit". Yahoo!. 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2007-09-25.[permanent dead link]
  6. "List of victims | Offer your thoughts | Wichita Eagle". Archived from the original on 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  7. "Officer Injured in Kan. Tornado Dies". Guardian Unlimited. 2007-05-08. Retrieved 2007-05-08.[dead link]
  8. "Police Officer Injured In Tornado Dies". KAKE-TV. 2007-05-09. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
  10. "On the Road — Tornado Alley". Santa Barbara Independent. Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  11. NOAA Satellite and Information Service. "Event Record Details". Archived from the original on 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
  12. KAKE-TV. "President Bush Declares Disaster in Kansas". Archived from the original on 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2007-05-06.
  13. "Man Dies Months After Kansas Tornado Hit". U.S.A. Today. 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  14. "USD 422". USD 422. Retrieved 5 January 2017.

Other websites[change | change source]

Official sites

2007 tornado

Other sites