Scott City, Kansas

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Scott City, Kansas
K-96 in downtown Scott City (2006)
K-96 in downtown Scott City (2006)
Location within Scott County and Kansas
Location within Scott County and Kansas
KDOT map of Scott County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°28′57″N 100°54′26″W / 38.48250°N 100.90722°W / 38.48250; -100.90722Coordinates: 38°28′57″N 100°54′26″W / 38.48250°N 100.90722°W / 38.48250; -100.90722[1]
CountryUnited States
Named forWinfield Scott
 • Total2.63 sq mi (6.81 km2)
 • Land2.63 sq mi (6.81 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation2,979 ft (908 m)
 • Total3,816
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,500/sq mi (560/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code620
FIPS code20-63600 [1]
GNIS ID471507 [1]

Scott City is a city in Scott County, Kansas, United States.[1] It is also the county seat of Scott County. In 2010, 3,816 people lived there.[5]

History[change | change source]

Early history[change | change source]

Scott City was created in 1885.[6][7] Like Scott County, the city is named after United States General, Winfield Scott.[8] In October 1884, two women from Chicago claimed the land that Scott City is on. They built a cabin. In February 1885, two men from Chicago came to the cabin and settled. Soon after, many people started coming to the county. Scott City was then created in 1885. Before being created, Mrs. M.E. De Geer, one of the women that came from Chicago, started a newspaper called the Western Times in March 1885. The county then started to fill quickly.

The Kansas Legislature created Scott County in 1873. At this time it was named in honor of General Winfield Scott. Since it was such a small town with so few people, there was no need for a local government. Therefore, it was connected to Ford County for judicial things.[9]

Geography[change | change source]

Scott City is at 38°28′57″N 100°54′26″W / 38.48250°N 100.90722°W / 38.48250; -100.90722 (38.4825192, −100.9070949).[1] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 2.63 square miles (6.81 km2). All of it is land.[2] It is located in the Great Plains and at the elevation of 2979 ft.

Climate[change | change source]

The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Scott City has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[10] The average temperature is 52.4 °F (11.34 °C) and has an average rain fall of 20.16 inches per year. The average snow fall for a year is 23 in. (.58 m).

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2018 (est.)3,803[4]−0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 3,816 people, 1,583 households, and 1,029 families living in Scott City.[3]

Education[change | change source]

The welded beaver.

The USD 466 Scott County mascot is the beaver. A giant welded beaver is on display at the football field.[11]

Infrastructure[change | change source]

Transportation[change | change source]

K-96 and US-83 highways go through the Scott City.

The Scott City Airport is a publicly owned airport. It is in the south east part of Scott City.[12]

Media[change | change source]

The Scott County Record is the local newspaper. This weekly publication has been in business since 1993.[13] In 2016, editor Rod Haxton was honored by the Kansas Press Association with the Clyde M. Reed Master Editor Award.[14]

Famous people[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Scott City, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  5. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  6. Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 283.
  7. Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 654.
  8. "Profile for Scott City, Kansas". ePodunk. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  9. "The Early History of Scott County". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  10. Climate Summary for Scott City, Kansas
  12. "AirNav: KTQK - Scott City Municipal Airport".
  13. "The Scott County Record"
  14. "GC Telegram"[permanent dead link]

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