Kearny County, Kansas

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Kearny County
Kearny County courthouse in Lakin
Kearny County courthouse in Lakin
Map of Kansas highlighting Kearny County
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°00′29″N 101°08′54″W / 38.0081°N 101.1483°W / 38.0081; -101.1483
Country United States
State Kansas
FoundedMarch 20, 1873
Named forPhilip Kearny
SeatLakin
Largest cityLakin
Area
 • Total871 sq mi (2,260 km2)
 • Land871 sq mi (2,260 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (1 km2)  0.05%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2016)
3,917
 • Density4.6/sq mi (1.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
WebsiteKearnyCountyKansas.com

Kearny County (county code KE) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010, 3,977 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is Lakin. Lakin is also the biggest city in Kearny County.[2] The county is named after General Philip Kearny.

History[change | change source]

The original Kearney County was created on March 6, 1873. It was ended in 1883. The land area was divided between Hamilton and Finney counties. It was recreated with its original borders in 1887. It was organized on March 27, 1888. The county is named after Philip Kearny.[3] He was a U.S. Army officer in the Mexican–American War and a Union army general in the American Civil War. In 1889, the name was corrected to Kearny County.[4]

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 871 square miles (2,260 km2). Of that, 871 square miles (2,260 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.05%) is water.[5]

Major highways[change | change source]

Time zones[change | change source]

The west half of Kearny County observed Mountain Standard Time until October 28, 1990. This was when the Kansas Department of Transportation moved the entire county into the Central Time Zone, which 100 of the state's other 104 counties are in. Only four counties (Hamilton, Greeley, Wallace, and Sherman), all of which border Colorado, observe Mountain Time.[6]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880159
18901,571888.1%
19001,107−29.5%
19103,206189.6%
19202,617−18.4%
19303,19622.1%
19402,525−21.0%
19503,49238.3%
19603,108−11.0%
19703,047−2.0%
19803,43512.7%
19904,02717.2%
20004,53112.5%
20103,977−12.2%
Est. 20163,917[7]−1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2016[1]

Kearny County is included in the Garden City, KS Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Government[change | change source]

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 81.7% 1,075 13.2% 174 5.1% 67
2012 79.2% 1,097 19.3% 268 1.5% 21
2008 78.2% 1,159 20.9% 309 0.9% 14
2004 80.9% 1,177 18.7% 272 0.4% 6
2000 75.5% 1,084 22.3% 320 2.2% 31
1996 70.1% 1,041 22.5% 335 7.4% 110
1992 55.2% 943 22.5% 384 22.4% 382
1988 66.0% 1,073 32.3% 524 1.7% 28
1984 78.4% 1,214 20.7% 321 0.8% 13
1980 66.4% 924 26.9% 375 6.7% 93
1976 49.0% 674 47.8% 658 3.3% 45
1972 70.9% 876 26.3% 325 2.8% 35
1968 58.0% 721 34.0% 423 8.0% 99
1964 42.8% 563 56.1% 737 1.1% 15
1960 62.1% 846 37.7% 513 0.2% 3
1956 67.0% 854 32.8% 418 0.2% 3
1952 72.8% 1,012 26.0% 362 1.2% 16
1948 54.4% 676 43.6% 541 2.0% 25
1944 62.5% 612 37.2% 365 0.3% 3
1940 58.0% 721 41.8% 519 0.2% 3
1936 44.6% 586 54.5% 716 0.8% 11
1932 38.9% 529 56.7% 771 4.3% 59
1928 77.2% 854 20.7% 229 2.1% 23
1924 57.6% 635 18.0% 199 24.4% 269
1920 63.7% 617 27.5% 266 8.8% 85
1916 45.3% 538 41.3% 490 13.5% 160
1912 17.0% 113 35.5% 236 47.4% 315[a]
1908 56.6% 435 39.6% 304 3.8% 29
1904 70.7% 234 28.4% 94 0.9% 3
1900 53.8% 164 44.9% 137 1.3% 4
1896 49.4% 172 50.3% 175 0.3% 1
1892 60.8% 219 39.2% 141
1888 59.4% 367 40.1% 248 0.5% 3

Education[change | change source]

Unified school districts[change | change source]

Communities[change | change source]

2005 KDOT Map of Kearny County (map legend)

Cities[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. 172.
  4. Hicks, Virginia Pierce (February 1938). "Sketches of Early Days in Kearny County". Kansas Historical Quarterly VII (1): 54–80. http://www.kshs.org/publicat/khq/1938/38_1_hicks.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  5. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1990/08/11/time-definitely-changing-for-kansas-county/e40bccbb-541d-40ac-9e9b-90cdd10f04fc/
  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 26, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  10. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  11. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  12. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
Notes
  1. This total comprises 232 votes (34.9%) for Progressive Theodore Roosevelt and 83 votes (12.5%) for Socialist Eugene V. Debs.

Other websites[change | change source]

County
Maps

Coordinates: 37°59′N 101°19′W / 37.983°N 101.317°W / 37.983; -101.317