Riley County, Kansas

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Riley County
Riley County Courthouse in Manhattan (2005)
Riley County Courthouse in Manhattan (2005)
Map of Kansas highlighting Riley County
Location within the U.S. state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 39°06′47″N 96°37′41″W / 39.1131°N 96.6281°W / 39.1131; -96.6281
Country United States
State Kansas
FoundedAugust 25, 1855
Named forBennet C. Riley
SeatManhattan
Largest cityManhattan
Area
 • Total622 sq mi (1,610 km2)
 • Land610 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Water12 sq mi (30 km2)  2.0%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2016)
73,343
 • Density117/sq mi (45/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
WebsiteRileyCountyKS.gov

Riley County (standard abbreviation: RL) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010, 71,115 people lived there.[1] The biggest city is Manhattan. Manhattan is also the county seat.[2]

Two of Kansas' biggest employers are in Riley County: Fort Riley and Kansas State University.

History[change | change source]

On May 30, 1879, the "Irving, Kansas Tornado" started in Riley County. This tornado was believed to have been an F4 on the Fujita scale. The damage path of it was 800 yards (700 m) wide and 100 miles (200 km) long. Eighteen people were killed. Sixty people were injured.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 622 square miles (1,610 km2). Of that, 610 square miles (1,600 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.0%) is water.[4]

The county is in the Flint Hills region of Kansas.

People[change | change source]

Age pyramid
Historical population
Census Pop.
18601,224
18705,105317.1%
188010,430104.3%
189013,18326.4%
190013,8284.9%
191015,78314.1%
192020,65030.8%
193019,882−3.7%
194020,6173.7%
195033,40562.0%
196041,91425.5%
197056,78835.5%
198063,50511.8%
199067,1395.7%
200062,843−6.4%
201071,11513.2%
Est. 201673,343[5]3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2016[1]

Riley County is part of the Manhattan, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area. Millennials make up 53.6% of the population of Riley County. It is one of the highest rates in the United States.[10]

Government[change | change source]

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 46.0% 10,107 42.5% 9,341 11.5% 2,526
2012 54.5% 11,507 42.5% 8,977 2.9% 617
2008 52.4% 12,111 45.4% 10,495 2.1% 494
2004 60.6% 12,672 37.8% 7,908 1.6% 331
2000 58.5% 10,672 33.9% 6,188 7.6% 1,393
1996 56.7% 11,113 34.4% 6,746 8.9% 1,748
1992 38.5% 8,394 36.4% 7,933 25.1% 5,470
1988 55.9% 9,507 42.8% 7,283 1.3% 217
1984 64.8% 11,308 34.2% 5,975 1.0% 175
1980 52.9% 8,904 31.1% 5,224 16.0% 2,690
1976 57.5% 9,518 39.5% 6,540 3.1% 510
1972 66.2% 11,120 31.7% 5,333 2.1% 356
1968 62.2% 8,296 31.9% 4,258 5.9% 791
1964 52.7% 6,396 46.1% 5,597 1.2% 144
1960 72.0% 9,068 27.6% 3,482 0.4% 50
1956 76.8% 9,385 22.8% 2,784 0.4% 44
1952 80.3% 9,799 19.3% 2,352 0.4% 50
1948 68.0% 9,227 29.9% 4,052 2.1% 288
1944 70.4% 6,511 28.8% 2,659 0.8% 74
1940 68.6% 7,420 30.4% 3,293 1.0% 105
1936 59.1% 6,077 39.9% 4,104 1.0% 99
1932 54.7% 5,337 42.0% 4,101 3.4% 327
1928 77.9% 6,592 21.2% 1,791 0.9% 78
1924 70.0% 5,455 21.1% 1,646 8.8% 689
1920 73.6% 4,875 24.3% 1,610 2.1% 141
1916 52.3% 3,320 41.6% 2,637 6.1% 386
1912 11.1% 425 30.7% 1,170 58.2% 2,220
1908 61.7% 2,276 35.0% 1,289 3.3% 123
1904 75.3% 2,251 17.5% 523 7.3% 217
1900 61.7% 2,119 37.2% 1,279 1.1% 37
1896 55.9% 1,890 42.7% 1,443 1.5% 50
1892 51.7% 1,574 48.3% 1,472
1888 62.5% 1,856 26.0% 772 11.5% 342

Riley County is the only county in Kansas without an elected sheriff. The county police department handles all the Sheriff’s responsibilities.[12]

Education[change | change source]

Colleges and universities[change | change source]

Unified school districts[change | change source]

Places[change | change source]

Cities[change | change source]

Fort Riley[change | change source]

Fort Riley Military Reservation covers 100,656 acres (407 km2) in Geary and Riley counties. It is north of the junction of the Smoky Hill and Republican rivers in Geary County. 25,000 people are in the fort during the day. It includes a census-designated place:

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. Joe Furr, "Historical Tornadoes"
  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 28, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  8. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  9. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  10. http://overflow.solutions/demographic-data/what-states-and-counties-have-the-most-millennials/
  11. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  12. https://www.sheriffs.org/sites/default/files/tb/Office_of_Sheriff_State-by-State_Election_Chart.pdf

Other websites[change | change source]

County
Historical
Maps

Coordinates: 39°20′N 96°42′W / 39.333°N 96.700°W / 39.333; -96.700