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Ford County, Kansas
County
Ford county kansas courthouse 2000.jpg
Ford County Courthouse in Dodge City
Map of Kansas highlighting Ford County
Location in the U.S. state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
FoundedFebruary 26, 1867
Named for James Ford
Seat Dodge City
Largest cityDodge City
Area
 • Total1,099 sq mi (2,846 km2)
 • Land1,098 sq mi (2,844 km2)
 • Water0.8 sq mi (2 km2), 0.07%
Population (est.)
 • ( 2016)33,971
 • Density31/sq mi (12/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC−6/ −5
Website FordCounty.net
Railroad crew works on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe tracks near Bellefont, 1974. Photo by Charles O'Rear.

Ford County (county code FO) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 33,848. [1] Its county seat and most populous city is Dodge City. [2] The county is named in honor of Colonel James Hobart Ford. [3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,099 square miles (2,850 km2), of which 1,098 square miles (2,840 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.07%) is water. [4]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870427
18803,122631.1%
18905,30870.0%
19005,4973.6%
191011,393107.3%
192014,27325.3%
193020,64744.7%
194017,254−16.4%
195019,67014.0%
196020,9386.4%
197022,5877.9%
198024,3157.7%
199027,46312.9%
200032,45818.2%
201033,8484.3%
Est. 201633,971 [5]0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census [6]
1790-1960 [7] 1900-1990 [8]
1990-2000 [9] 2010-2016 [1]

The Dodge City Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Ford County.

As of the 2000 census, [10] there were 33,848 people, 10,852 households, and 7,856 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 11,650 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.3% White, 2.1% Black or African American, 1.0% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 17.8% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51.2% of the population.

There were 10,852 households out of which 40.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the county, the population was spread out with 31.10% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 17.30% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 107.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,860, and the median income for a family was $42,734. Males had a median income of $27,189 versus $22,165 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,721. About 9.90% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 8.40% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Presidential elections

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results [11]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 66.3% 5,114 27.8% 2,149 5.9% 455
2012 67.0% 5,602 31.1% 2,600 1.9% 160
2008 64.6% 5,730 33.7% 2,991 1.6% 143
2004 73.6% 6,632 25.4% 2,286 1.1% 98
2000 67.9% 6,050 28.8% 2,566 3.4% 301
1996 61.3% 5,681 28.4% 2,628 10.3% 958
1992 41.9% 4,342 25.4% 2,635 32.6% 3,379
1988 58.6% 5,685 39.4% 3,817 2.0% 195
1984 69.7% 6,935 29.3% 2,914 1.0% 98
1980 58.9% 5,686 33.1% 3,194 8.1% 781
1976 47.6% 4,679 50.2% 4,934 2.2% 214
1972 67.1% 6,232 30.2% 2,804 2.7% 249
1968 52.8% 4,645 36.3% 3,191 10.9% 961
1964 39.7% 3,481 59.6% 5,221 0.7% 59
1960 57.7% 5,200 42.1% 3,792 0.3% 25
1956 66.8% 5,561 32.6% 2,710 0.6% 49
1952 69.0% 6,359 29.8% 2,748 1.2% 114
1948 47.2% 4,089 50.8% 4,396 2.0% 177
1944 57.2% 4,110 41.7% 2,994 1.1% 77
1940 52.0% 4,356 47.2% 3,954 0.9% 72
1936 38.7% 3,378 61.1% 5,335 0.2% 17
1932 41.6% 3,335 55.4% 4,442 3.0% 238
1928 71.6% 4,893 27.4% 1,870 1.1% 72
1924 58.0% 3,449 26.1% 1,551 15.9% 948
1920 61.9% 3,305 35.2% 1,879 2.9% 155
1916 40.3% 2,337 52.5% 3,044 7.2% 420
1912 19.2% 529 40.8% 1,125 40.0% 1,104
1908 53.3% 1,333 43.5% 1,089 3.2% 80
1904 64.8% 1,148 29.7% 526 5.5% 98
1900 50.5% 653 47.1% 610 2.4% 31
1896 45.8% 555 53.0% 643 1.2% 15
1892 53.4% 648 46.6% 565
1888 52.5% 882 37.5% 630 10.1% 169

Laws

Ford County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement. [12]

Education

Unified school districts

Colleges

Communities

2005 KDOT Map of Ford County ( map legend)

Cities

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

Townships

Ford County is divided into fourteen townships. The city of Dodge City is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Bloom 07375 113 1 (2) 144 (55) 0 (0) 0% 37°30′23″N 99°55′4″W / 37.50639°N 99.91778°W / 37.50639; -99.91778
Bucklin 09025 900 3 (8) 285 (110) 0 (0) 0.02% 37°34′44″N 99°37′9″W / 37.57889°N 99.61917°W / 37.57889; -99.61917
Concord 15150 117 1 (2) 187 (72) 0 (0) 0.11% 37°36′36″N 100°5′52″W / 37.61000°N 100.09778°W / 37.61000; -100.09778
Dodge 18225 899 13 (33) 70 (27) 0 (0) 0.21% 37°47′0″N 100°0′52″W / 37.78333°N 100.01444°W / 37.78333; -100.01444
Enterprise 21450 1,113 6 (17) 175 (67) 0 (0) 0.19% 37°40′47″N 99°57′8″W / 37.67972°N 99.95222°W / 37.67972; -99.95222
Fairview 22500 346 2 (5) 188 (73) 0 (0) 0.06% 37°45′11″N 100°8′57″W / 37.75306°N 100.14917°W / 37.75306; -100.14917
Ford 23750 456 2 (5) 249 (96) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°36′58″N 99°46′27″W / 37.61611°N 99.77417°W / 37.61611; -99.77417
Grandview 27350 784 3 (9) 226 (87) 0 (0) 0.20% 37°47′10″N 99°55′54″W / 37.78611°N 99.93167°W / 37.78611; -99.93167
Richland 59300 931 9 (24) 99 (38) 0 (0) 0.17% 37°42′10″N 100°2′19″W / 37.70278°N 100.03861°W / 37.70278; -100.03861
Royal 61575 105 1 (1) 185 (72) 0 (0) 0.06% 37°51′51″N 100°6′44″W / 37.86417°N 100.11222°W / 37.86417; -100.11222
Sodville 66150 110 1 (2) 145 (56) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°31′16″N 99°45′6″W / 37.52111°N 99.75167°W / 37.52111; -99.75167
Spearville 67150 1,150 2 (6) 479 (185) 0 (0) 0.03% 37°47′58″N 99°45′4″W / 37.79944°N 99.75111°W / 37.79944; -99.75111
Wheatland 77675 170 1 (2) 193 (74) 0 (0) 0% 37°48′58″N 99°37′22″W / 37.81611°N 99.62278°W / 37.81611; -99.62278
Wilburn 79100 88 0 (1) 187 (72) 0 (0) 0% 37°31′22″N 100°7′10″W / 37.52278°N 100.11944°W / 37.52278; -100.11944
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. Archived from the original on 2002-08-02.

Notable people

Numerous figures of the American Old West lived in Dodge City during its period as a frontier cowtown. These included, most notably, lawmen Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson as well as gunfighter Doc Holliday. [13]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 128.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  11. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  12. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
  13. ^ "More Dodge City History". Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-23.

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FORD COUNTY KANSAS Latitude and Longitude:

37°42′N 99°54′W / 37.700°N 99.900°W / 37.700; -99.900