Labette County, Kansas

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Labette County
Big Hill Lake in western Labette County
Big Hill Lake in western Labette County
Map of Kansas highlighting Labette County
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°06′17″N 95°27′03″W / 37.1047°N 95.4508°W / 37.1047; -95.4508
Country United States
State Kansas
FoundedFebruary 26, 1867
Named forPierre La Bette
SeatOswego
Largest cityParsons
Area
 • Total653 sq mi (1,690 km2)
 • Land645 sq mi (1,670 km2)
 • Water7.8 sq mi (20 km2)  1.2%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2016)
20,444
 • Density33/sq mi (13/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district2nd
WebsiteLabetteCounty.com

Labette County (county code LB) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010, 21,607 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is Oswego.[2] Its biggest city is Parsons. The county was named after LaBette creek,[3][4] the second-biggest creek in the county. The creek was named after French-Canadian fur trapper Pierre LaBette who had moved to the area.[4]

History[change | change source]

In the 1840s, most of the people living in Labette County were Osage people. There were also many Cherokee and Euro-Americans. Many of the Euro-Americans were merchants with Osage or Cherokee wives.[5]

Between 1871 and 1873, at least eleven people disappeared near an inn and general store run by the Bender family in Labette County. After the disappareance of the Benders in 1873, it was found that they had apparently murdered many travelers. Between eight and eleven bodies were found buried at the inn. Governor Thomas A. Osborn offered a reward of $2,000 for anyone who caught the Benders, but they were never found.[6][7]

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 653 square miles (1,690 km2). Of that, 645 square miles (1,670 km2) is land and 7.8 square miles (20 km2) (1.2%) is water.[8]

Demographics[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18709,973
188022,735128.0%
189027,58621.3%
190027,387−0.7%
191031,42314.7%
192034,0478.4%
193031,346−7.9%
194030,352−3.2%
195029,285−3.5%
196026,805−8.5%
197025,775−3.8%
198025,682−0.4%
199023,693−7.7%
200022,169−6.4%
201021,607−2.5%
Est. 201620,444[9]−5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2016[1]

The Parsons, KS Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Labette County.

The 2010 Census says that Labette County had 21,607 people living there. The median age was 41. The race of the people were 85.5% non-Hispanic white, 4.7% African-American, 2.2% Native America, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanics of some other race, 3.6% non-Hispanics reporting two or more races and 4.0% Hispanic or Latino.[14]

Government[change | change source]

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Labette County is mostly Republican. It has a slight Democratic lean to it like many counties in Southeast Kansas. Although Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton both won the county once each, it has become more Republican.

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 65.8% 5,335 28.3% 2,291 5.9% 481
2012 59.0% 4,742 38.8% 3,117 2.2% 178
2008 55.4% 5,001 42.5% 3,839 2.1% 191
2004 59.1% 5,400 39.6% 3,615 1.4% 124
2000 52.4% 4,475 43.9% 3,745 3.7% 318
1996 45.7% 4,283 41.9% 3,931 12.4% 1,166
1992 33.1% 3,368 41.2% 4,196 25.7% 2,613
1988 52.9% 5,125 45.8% 4,433 1.3% 126
1984 63.8% 6,542 35.4% 3,631 0.9% 87
1980 52.9% 5,244 39.8% 3,947 7.4% 730
1976 45.6% 4,640 52.0% 5,294 2.4% 243
1972 64.8% 6,399 32.5% 3,210 2.8% 272
1968 51.2% 5,503 37.0% 3,974 11.8% 1,273
1964 43.0% 4,761 56.1% 6,208 0.8% 93
1960 58.5% 7,491 41.0% 5,248 0.5% 68
1956 59.4% 7,677 40.2% 5,202 0.4% 57
1952 62.0% 8,624 37.5% 5,219 0.5% 70
1948 50.1% 6,298 48.7% 6,113 1.2% 154
1944 57.9% 7,480 41.8% 5,398 0.4% 48
1940 54.2% 8,210 45.3% 6,860 0.6% 87
1936 44.9% 6,610 54.7% 8,050 0.4% 59
1932 42.1% 5,794 55.7% 7,667 2.1% 294
1928 74.2% 9,048 24.4% 2,969 1.4% 174
1924 55.3% 6,593 24.9% 2,971 19.9% 2,369
1920 57.9% 6,596 38.0% 4,328 4.0% 460
1916 42.6% 5,328 51.4% 6,421 6.0% 755
1912 21.9% 1,516 37.0% 2,568 41.1% 2,853[a]
1908 49.2% 3,367 40.6% 2,783 10.2% 698
1904 58.7% 3,700 26.0% 1,637 15.4% 968
1900 48.8% 3,319 50.3% 3,425 0.9% 61
1896 46.2% 3,206 52.9% 3,669 0.9% 64
1892 47.9% 2,950 52.1% 3,210
1888 47.4% 2,870 16.1% 976 36.5% 2,211

Education[change | change source]

Unified school districts[change | change source]

Communities[change | change source]

2005 KDOT Map of Labette 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 July 13, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. "Labette Co History". Labette County, Kansas. 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Kansas Counties:Labette County, Kansas". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  5. Nelson Case's history of Labette County, Kansas Archived 2009-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Bender Knife". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  7. Potter, Tim. "The Bloody Benders: 140-year-old crime scene still fascinates today". Wichita Eagle. August 24, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  8. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  10. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  11. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  12. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  13. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  14. 2010 census general population statistics on Labette County, Kansa]
  15. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  16. Burns, Tim (September 19, 2005). "Welcome To USD #247". Cherokee, USD 247. Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
Notes
  1. This total comprises 1,746 votes (25.2%) for Progressive Theodore Roosevelt and 1,107 votes (16.0%) for Socialist Eugene V. Debs.

More reading[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

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Coordinates: 37°12′N 95°17′W / 37.200°N 95.283°W / 37.200; -95.283