Washington County, Kansas

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Washington County
Washington County Courthouse in Washington
Map of Kansas highlighting Washington 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°48′N 97°06′W / 39.8°N 97.1°W / 39.8; -97.1
Country United States
State Kansas
FoundedFebruary 20, 1857
Named forGeorge Washington
SeatWashington
Largest cityWashington
Area
 • Total899 sq mi (2,330 km2)
 • Land895 sq mi (2,320 km2)
 • Water3.9 sq mi (10 km2)  0.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2016)
5,546
 • Density6.5/sq mi (2.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
WebsiteWashingtonCountyKS.gov

Washington County (standard abbreviation: WS) is a county in the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010, 5,799 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is Washington. Washington is also the biggest city in Washington County.[2]

History[change | change source]

19th century[change | change source]

In 1857, Washington County was created.

21st century[change | change source]

In 2010, the Keystone-Cushing Pipeline (Phase II) was built north to south through Washington County. There was a lot of controversy over tax exemption and environmental concerns (if a leak ever does happen).[3][4]

Geography[change | change source]

The U.S. Census Bureau says that the county has a total area of 899 square miles (2,330 km2). Of that, 895 square miles (2,320 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (0.4%) is water.[5]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860383
18704,081965.5%
188014,910265.4%
189022,89453.5%
190021,963−4.1%
191020,229−7.9%
192017,984−11.1%
193017,112−4.8%
194015,921−7.0%
195012,977−18.5%
196010,739−17.2%
19709,249−13.9%
19808,543−7.6%
19907,073−17.2%
20006,483−8.3%
20105,799−10.6%
Est. 20165,546[6]−4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2016[1]
Age pyramid

Government[change | change source]

Presidential elections[change | change source]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 79.4% 2,194 14.0% 387 6.7% 184
2012 80.2% 2,316 18.1% 524 1.7% 49
2008 75.4% 2,248 22.1% 659 2.5% 73
2004 78.3% 2,498 20.2% 643 1.5% 49
2000 74.9% 2,446 21.0% 687 4.1% 134
1996 67.4% 2,397 22.6% 804 10.0% 356
1992 47.0% 1,740 24.1% 893 28.9% 1,069
1988 67.1% 2,269 31.5% 1,063 1.4% 48
1984 75.7% 2,979 22.6% 889 1.7% 68
1980 74.9% 3,058 19.2% 784 5.9% 241
1976 60.4% 2,543 37.1% 1,564 2.5% 106
1972 75.1% 3,301 22.7% 996 2.2% 97
1968 68.3% 3,177 24.3% 1,131 7.4% 344
1964 56.4% 2,654 42.8% 2,015 0.8% 36
1960 68.1% 3,707 31.3% 1,706 0.6% 31
1956 74.8% 4,220 24.6% 1,389 0.6% 32
1952 81.4% 5,135 18.2% 1,148 0.4% 26
1948 66.2% 3,894 32.2% 1,894 1.6% 95
1944 77.1% 5,040 22.3% 1,455 0.6% 41
1940 73.3% 5,792 26.1% 2,061 0.6% 50
1936 58.7% 4,809 41.0% 3,355 0.3% 28
1932 43.4% 3,324 55.3% 4,234 1.2% 95
1928 67.4% 4,781 31.9% 2,267 0.7% 49
1924 61.0% 4,120 22.6% 1,528 16.4% 1,108
1920 76.1% 4,390 22.3% 1,287 1.7% 95
1916 51.7% 3,766 45.5% 3,316 2.7% 200
1912 28.4% 1,326 41.0% 1,914 30.6% 1,427
1908 57.5% 2,711 40.4% 1,904 2.1% 99
1904 68.1% 3,066 28.0% 1,259 3.9% 175
1900 56.0% 2,960 42.6% 2,252 1.4% 72
1896 50.7% 2,514 48.2% 2,391 1.2% 57
1892 44.8% 2,323 55.2% 2,862
1888 62.3% 2,999 31.4% 1,511 6.3% 305

Washington County is very Republican. No Democratic Presidential candidate has won Washington County since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932. Since 1940, only Lyndon Johnson in 1964 won forty percent of Washington County's vote for the Democratic Party.

Education[change | change source]

The county is served by:

Washington County Schools USD 108[change | change source]

The superintendent is Denise O'Dea.[12] It includes:[12]

  • West Elementary School (Principal:Denise O'Dea[13])
  • East Elementary School (Principal: Amy Hoover[13])
  • Washington County Junior High/High School (Principal: Vickie Enyart[14]).

Communities[change | change source]

2005 KDOT Map of Washington 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. Keystone Pipeline - Marion County Commission calls out Legislative Leadership on Pipeline Deal; April 18, 2010. Archived October 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Keystone Pipeline - TransCanada inspecting pipeline; December 10, 2010.
  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. 12.0 12.1 108, Washington County Schools USD. "Washington County". Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Schools, West Elementary and East Elementary. "Elementary Personnel". Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  14. School, Washington County Junior High/High School. "Personnel". Retrieved 2009-05-31.

More reading[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

County
Maps

Coordinates: 39°48′N 97°06′W / 39.800°N 97.100°W / 39.800; -97.100