Thomas County, Kansas

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Thomas County
Thomas County Courthouse in Colby
Thomas County Courthouse in Colby
Map of Kansas highlighting Thomas 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°21′N 101°03′W / 39.35°N 101.05°W / 39.35; -101.05
Country United States
State Kansas
FoundedOctober 8, 1885
Named forGeorge Henry Thomas[1]
SeatColby
Largest cityColby
Area
 • Total1,075 sq mi (2,780 km2)
 • Land1,075 sq mi (2,780 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)  0.01%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2016)
7,892
 • Density7.4/sq mi (2.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
WebsiteThomasCountyKS.com

Thomas County (standard abbreviation: TH) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010 census, 7,900 people lived there.[2] Its county seat is Colby.[3]

History[change | change source]

19th century[change | change source]

Thomas County was created on October 8, 1885. It was named after George Henry Thomas, a Union General during the American Civil War, hero of the Battle of Chickamauga. The townships of the county were named after the soldiers that died at the Battle of Chickamauga.[4]

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 1,075 square miles (2,780 km2). Of that, 1,075 square miles (2,780 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.01%) is water.[5]

Major highways[change | change source]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880161
18905,5383,339.8%
19004,112−25.7%
19105,45532.7%
19205,5171.1%
19307,33432.9%
19406,425−12.4%
19507,57217.9%
19607,358−2.8%
19707,5011.9%
19808,45112.7%
19908,258−2.3%
20008,180−0.9%
20107,900−3.4%
Est. 20167,892[6]−0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2016[2]
Age pyramid

Government[change | change source]

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Thomas County is very Republican. The last time a democratic candidate has won Thomas County was in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson.

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 81.3% 2,908 13.2% 473 5.5% 195
2012 80.3% 2,788 17.2% 598 2.5% 88
2008 77.2% 2,837 21.4% 787 1.3% 49
2004 77.7% 3,007 21.1% 816 1.2% 47
2000 74.7% 2,822 21.4% 807 4.0% 151
1996 69.8% 2,725 22.2% 866 8.1% 316
1992 47.1% 1,849 23.8% 932 29.1% 1,141
1988 60.5% 2,342 36.4% 1,408 3.1% 120
1984 76.7% 3,107 21.9% 887 1.4% 57
1980 66.4% 2,789 24.9% 1,045 8.8% 368
1976 53.9% 2,246 43.3% 1,802 2.8% 116
1972 67.7% 2,300 27.8% 943 4.5% 153
1968 59.8% 1,971 32.6% 1,074 7.6% 250
1964 45.6% 1,528 53.6% 1,793 0.8% 27
1960 61.5% 2,081 38.0% 1,285 0.5% 18
1956 62.1% 1,888 37.4% 1,138 0.5% 16
1952 69.5% 2,490 29.8% 1,069 0.7% 26
1948 49.4% 1,497 48.7% 1,476 1.9% 57
1944 59.1% 1,631 39.8% 1,097 1.1% 30
1940 54.2% 1,721 44.8% 1,423 1.0% 31
1936 35.4% 1,200 64.0% 2,168 0.6% 20
1932 33.7% 1,158 61.2% 2,103 5.2% 177
1928 66.0% 1,828 32.4% 899 1.6% 44
1924 52.5% 1,436 30.1% 822 17.4% 477
1920 54.6% 1,046 39.0% 747 6.5% 124
1916 31.2% 642 63.0% 1,299 5.8% 120
1912 14.2% 127 48.2% 432 37.7% 338
1908 45.0% 569 49.8% 630 5.2% 66
1904 57.0% 548 21.3% 205 21.7% 209
1900 42.0% 404 57.2% 551 0.8% 8
1896 38.0% 304 61.3% 490 0.8% 6
1892 41.3% 490 58.7% 697
1888 55.0% 751 35.6% 486 9.4% 128

Education[change | change source]

Unified school districts[change | change source]

Communities[change | change source]

2005 KDOT Map of Thomas County from KDOT (map legend)

Cities[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "A Brief History of Thomas County, Kansas and the Thomas County Courthouse". Thomas County, Kansas. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  3. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. A Brief History of Thomas County, Kansas
  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

More readings[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

County
Maps

Coordinates: 39°21′N 101°03′W / 39.350°N 101.050°W / 39.350; -101.050