Wallace County, Kansas

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Wallace County
Wallace County courthouse in Sharon Springs
Wallace County courthouse in Sharon Springs
Map of Kansas highlighting Wallace 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°45′52″N 101°34′33″W / 38.7644°N 101.5758°W / 38.7644; -101.5758
Country United States
State Kansas
Founded1868
Named forW. H. L. Wallace
SeatSharon Springs
Largest citySharon Springs
Area
 • Total914 sq mi (2,370 km2)
 • Land914 sq mi (2,370 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.1 km2)  0.01%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2016)
1,497
 • Density1.6/sq mi (0.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (Mountain)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Congressional district1st
WebsiteWallaceCounty.net
"Mount Sunflower," the highest point in Kansas, is located in Wallace County

Wallace County (standard abbreviation: WA) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010 census, 1,485 people lived there.[1] This would make it the county in Kansas with the second-least number of people living in it. Its county seat is Sharon Springs.[2] The county was created in 1868. It was named after Brigadier general W.H.L. Wallace, who was a veteran of the Mexican–American War and a casualty of the Battle of Shiloh.

History[change | change source]

19th century[change | change source]

In 1868, Wallace County was created.

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 914 square miles (2,370 km2). Of that, 914 square miles (2,370 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) (0.01%) is water.[3]

Mount Sunflower is in Wallace County. It is the highest place in Kansas. It is 4,039 feet (1,231 meters). Mount Sunflower is about 15 miles (24 km) north-northwest of Weskan, less than one mile (1.6 km) from the Colorado state line.

Time zones[change | change source]

Wallace County is one of four Kansas counties to use Mountain Standard Time rather than Central Standard Time.

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870538
188068627.5%
18902,468259.8%
19001,178−52.3%
19102,759134.2%
19202,424−12.1%
19302,88218.9%
19402,216−23.1%
19502,50813.2%
19602,069−17.5%
19702,2157.1%
19802,045−7.7%
19901,821−11.0%
20001,749−4.0%
20101,485−15.1%
Est. 20161,497[4]0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2016[1]
Age pyramid

Government[change | change source]

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[9]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 90.4% 721 5.8% 46 3.9% 31
2012 90.1% 719 8.5% 68 1.4% 11
2008 85.8% 690 11.9% 96 2.2% 18
2004 84.7% 742 12.8% 112 2.5% 22
2000 85.6% 737 12.0% 103 2.4% 21
1996 76.2% 738 16.5% 160 7.2% 70
1992 63.7% 679 15.4% 164 20.9% 223
1988 69.6% 655 27.3% 257 3.1% 29
1984 83.0% 838 15.1% 152 2.0% 20
1980 78.3% 811 16.1% 167 5.6% 58
1976 52.8% 600 42.7% 486 4.5% 51
1972 73.2% 782 20.0% 214 6.7% 72
1968 61.5% 608 23.8% 235 14.7% 145
1964 50.7% 516 48.7% 496 0.6% 6
1960 68.2% 727 31.8% 339 0.0% 0
1956 72.7% 684 26.7% 251 0.6% 6
1952 78.8% 945 20.8% 249 0.4% 5
1948 58.2% 637 40.1% 439 1.7% 18
1944 70.8% 720 28.7% 292 0.5% 5
1940 67.1% 756 32.0% 361 0.9% 10
1936 56.7% 658 42.4% 492 1.0% 11
1932 40.3% 561 54.6% 761 5.1% 71
1928 66.2% 738 31.9% 356 1.9% 21
1924 53.7% 603 15.2% 171 31.1% 349
1920 70.4% 632 22.6% 203 7.0% 63
1916 39.5% 381 51.5% 497 9.0% 87
1912 15.2% 81 28.5% 152 56.4% 301
1908 59.3% 350 34.9% 206 5.8% 34
1904 84.0% 278 11.8% 39 4.2% 14
1900 66.3% 212 31.9% 102 1.9% 6
1896 59.3% 181 40.7% 124 0.0% 0
1892 55.9% 377 44.1% 297
1888 65.7% 412 31.6% 198 2.7% 17

Wallace has been one of the most Republican counties in Kansas. Only two Democratic Presidential nominees have ever won Wallace County – Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932. Since 1944 only three Democratic Presidential candidates have won 31 percent of Wallace County's vote – Harry S. Truman in 1948, Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and Jimmy Carter in 1976. In the 2016 election Hillary Clinton won less than six percent of the county's vote. The last five Republican nominees have all won at least 84 percent.

Education[change | change source]

Unified school districts[change | change source]

Communities[change | change source]

Map of Wallace County from KDOT (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. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  6. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  7. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  8. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  9. http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

More reading[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

County
Maps

Coordinates: 38°55′N 101°46′W / 38.917°N 101.767°W / 38.917; -101.767