Stafford County, Kansas

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Stafford County
William R. Gray Photography Studio and Residence in St. John
Map of Kansas highlighting Stafford 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°04′00″N 98°43′00″W / 38.0667°N 98.7167°W / 38.0667; -98.7167
Country United States
State Kansas
Founded1879
Named forLewis Stafford
SeatSt. John
Largest cityStafford
Area
 • Total795 sq mi (2,060 km2)
 • Land792 sq mi (2,050 km2)
 • Water2.9 sq mi (8 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2016)
4,208
 • Density5.6/sq mi (2.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th
WebsiteStaffordCounty.org

Stafford County (standard abbreviation: SF) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010, 4,437 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is St. John.[2] The county is named after Lewis Stafford. He was captain of Company E, First Kansas Infantry, who was killed at the Battle of Young's Point in Madison Parish, Louisiana on June 7, 1863.[3]

History[change | change source]

19th century[change | change source]

In 1879, Stafford County was created.

The borders of Stafford County were defined by the Kansas Legislature of 1870. For several years, the county was still unorganized. The Legislature of 1875 gave the territory in Stafford County to other counties. They wanted to get rid of Stafford County. They gave the part in Range 15 West to Pawnee County; the portion included in Ranges 11, 12, 13 and 14 to Barton County; and the south half of the county, excepting the portion in Range 15, was added to Pratt County. But after each of the counties had taken its part, a strip six miles wide and twelve miles long (two townships) remained as Stafford County. This was the county until April 25, 1879. The Supreme Court of Kansas said that dividing the county was unconstitutional. The county was restored to its original borders.[4]

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 795 square miles (2,060 km2). Of that, 792 square miles (2,050 km2) is land and 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2) (0.4%) is water.[5]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18804,755
18907,52058.1%
19009,82930.7%
191012,51027.3%
192011,559−7.6%
193010,460−9.5%
194010,4870.3%
19508,816−15.9%
19607,451−15.5%
19705,943−20.2%
19805,694−4.2%
19905,365−5.8%
20004,789−10.7%
20104,437−7.4%
Est. 20164,208[6]−5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2016[1]
Age pyramid

Government[change | change source]

Stafford County is often won by Republican Candidates. The last time Stafford County was won by a democratic candidate was in 1976 by Jimmy Carter.

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 78.6% 1,490 16.0% 304 5.4% 102
2012 75.3% 1,385 22.0% 404 2.7% 50
2008 72.1% 1,495 26.1% 542 1.8% 37
2004 75.4% 1,649 23.2% 506 1.4% 31
2000 70.3% 1,546 25.8% 567 4.0% 87
1996 63.0% 1,604 25.6% 651 11.4% 290
1992 38.6% 1,064 28.2% 777 33.3% 919
1988 56.0% 1,532 40.9% 1,121 3.1% 85
1984 69.7% 2,062 28.5% 844 1.8% 52
1980 62.7% 1,865 29.3% 872 8.0% 239
1976 45.2% 1,430 52.5% 1,659 2.3% 73
1972 70.4% 2,200 27.0% 844 2.7% 83
1968 55.8% 1,851 36.3% 1,205 8.0% 264
1964 41.6% 1,516 57.3% 2,087 1.0% 38
1960 65.5% 2,531 33.8% 1,305 0.7% 26
1956 68.4% 2,728 31.1% 1,242 0.5% 20
1952 71.3% 3,162 26.5% 1,174 2.3% 100
1948 51.7% 2,304 46.0% 2,049 2.3% 100
1944 56.3% 2,493 43.1% 1,908 0.7% 31
1940 52.2% 2,795 46.8% 2,509 1.0% 53
1936 37.5% 1,939 62.1% 3,212 0.4% 20
1932 41.2% 1,945 56.2% 2,651 2.6% 122
1928 75.3% 3,278 23.5% 1,025 1.2% 52
1924 68.6% 3,100 21.2% 957 10.2% 463
1920 70.0% 2,779 26.6% 1,057 3.3% 132
1916 41.9% 1,812 49.6% 2,148 8.5% 368
1912 16.1% 422 41.9% 1,094 42.0% 1,098[a]
1908 51.0% 1,334 43.4% 1,135 5.6% 147
1904 63.1% 1,419 26.0% 585 10.9% 244
1900 46.8% 1,055 50.5% 1,139 2.7% 60
1896 35.3% 710 63.5% 1,276 1.1% 23
1892 39.3% 840 60.7% 1,300
1888 47.5% 975 23.5% 483 29.0% 594

Laws[change | change source]

Although the Kansas Constitution was changed in 1986 to allow the sale of alcohol, Stafford County is still a "dry" county[12] until an election in 2016 when this prohibition was removed by 1,304 to 535, 71% of the vote.[13]

Education[change | change source]

Unified school districts[change | change source]

Communities[change | change source]

2005 KDOT Map of Stafford County (map legend)

Cities[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. A History of Stafford County, Frank A. Steele, 1982
  4. Stafford County, Kansas 1870-1990, Stafford County Historical & Genealogical Society, 1990, p.5
  5. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  8. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  9. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  10. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  11. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  12. "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-01-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. "Two Kansas counties approve liquor by the drink". Retrieved 2018-11-14.
Notes
  1. This total comprises 938 votes (35.9%) for Progressive Theodore Roosevelt and 160 votes (6.1%) for Socialist Eugene V. Debs.

More reading[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

County
Maps

Coordinates: 38°04′N 98°43′W / 38.067°N 98.717°W / 38.067; -98.717