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Shawnee County, Kansas

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Shawnee County
The United States Post Office and Historic Court House in Topeka (2013)
The United States Post Office and Historic Court House in Topeka (2013)
Flag of Shawnee County
Map of Kansas highlighting Shawnee 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°54′12″N 95°49′53″W / 38.9033°N 95.8314°W / 38.9033; -95.8314
Country United States
State Kansas
FoundedAugust 25, 1855 [1]
Named forShawnee people
Largest cityTopeka
 • Total556 sq mi (1,440 km2)
 • Land544 sq mi (1,410 km2)
 • Water12 sq mi (30 km2)  2.1%
 • Total178,909
 • Density328.9/sq mi (127.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district2nd

Shawnee County (county code SN) is a county in northeast Kansas, in the central United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 178,909[2] making it the third-most populous county in Kansas.

Its most populous city, Topeka, is the state capital and county seat.[3] The county was one of the original 33 counties created by the first territorial legislature in 1855.

It was named for the Shawnee tribe of Native Americans.

History[change | change source]

On August 25, 1855, Shawnee County was created.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kansas Counties - Shawnee County, Kansas". Kansas State Historical Society. Archived from the original on November 19, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "QuickFacts: Shawnee County, Kansas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 3, 2023.
  3. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.

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