St. John, Kansas

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St. John, Kansas
Location within Stafford County and Kansas
Location within Stafford County and Kansas
KDOT map of Stafford County (legend)
Coordinates: 38°0′8″N 98°45′36″W / 38.00222°N 98.76000°W / 38.00222; -98.76000Coordinates: 38°0′8″N 98°45′36″W / 38.00222°N 98.76000°W / 38.00222; -98.76000[1]
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountyStafford
Area
 • Total1.88 sq mi (4.87 km2)
 • Land1.88 sq mi (4.87 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,903 ft (580 m)
Population
 • Total1,295
 • Estimate 
(2016)[4]
1,214
 • Density690/sq mi (270/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67576
Area code620
FIPS code20-62275 [1]
GNIS ID0473574 [1]
WebsiteStJohnKansas.com

St. John is a city in Stafford County, Kansas, United States.[1] It is also the county seat of Stafford County. In 2010, 1,295 people lived there.[5]

History[change | change source]

The first settlement in what is today St. John was made in 1875 when William Bickerton of the Church of Jesus Christ created a religious group named Zion Valley.[6] By 1879, Zion Valley had grown into a small town, and the residents renamed it St. John. It was named after then-governor John P. St. John, in order to try to become the county seat of Stafford County.[7]

In 2015, the official government listing of places has been corrected to spell the town as "St. John" instead of "Saint John." The name was incorrectly changed by the United States Postal Service in the 1970s.[8]

Geography[change | change source]

St. John is at 38°0′8″N 98°45′36″W / 38.00222°N 98.76000°W / 38.00222; -98.76000 (38.0022371, -98.7600887).[1] The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 1.88 square miles (4.87 km2). All of it is land.[2]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
188056
18908651,444.6%
19008690.5%
19101,785105.4%
19201,671−6.4%
19301,552−7.1%
19401,73511.8%
19501,7350.0%
19601,7531.0%
19701,477−15.7%
19801,5011.6%
19901,357−9.6%
20001,318−2.9%
20101,295−1.7%
2016 (est.)1,214[4]−6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[change | change source]

The 2010 census says that there were 1,295 people, 534 households, and 336 families living in St. John.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for St. John, 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 2012-01-25. 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 June 9, 2017.
  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. 302.
  7. Entz, Gary (2002). "Zion Valley: The Mormon Origins of St. John, Kansas" in Kansas History. Topeka, KS: Kansas State Historical Society. pp. 98–117.
  8. "Saint" finally gone from St.John; The Wichita Eagle; July 30, 2015

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