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Labette County, Kansas

 

Labette County, Kansas

Labette County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Labette County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1867
Seat Oswego
Largest city Parsons
Area
 • Total 653 sq mi (1,691 km2)
 • Land 645 sq mi (1,671 km2)
 • Water 7.8 sq mi (20 km2), 1.2%
Population
 • (2010) 21,607
 • Density 33/sq mi (13/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .comlabettecounty

Labette County (county code LB) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 21,607.[1] Its county seat is Oswego,[2] and its most populous city is Parsons.

The Parsons, KS Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Labette County.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Law and government 2
  • Geography 3
    • Adjacent counties 3.1
  • Demographics 4
  • Education 5
    • Unified school districts 5.1
  • Communities 6
    • Cities 6.1
    • Unincorporated communities 6.2
    • Townships 6.3
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10

History

In the 1840s Labette County had a population mainly consisting of Osage people, although there were also many Cherokee and Euro-Americans. Many of the Euro-Americans were merchants with Osage or Cherokee wives.[3]

From 1871-1873, the Benders, later called the Bloody Benders, set up an inn and killed at least 12 travelers including one child. While the Benders hold a tragic and morbid story, they are famous in the area.[4]

Law and government

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 1996, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.[5]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 653 square miles (1,690 km2), of which 645 square miles (1,670 km2) is land and 7.8 square miles (20 km2) (1.2%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the 2010 Census Labette County had a population of 21,607. The median age was 41. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 85.5% non-Hispanic white, 4.7% African-American, 2.2% Native America, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanics of some other race, 3.6% non-Hispanics reporting two or more races and 4.0% Hispanic or Latino.[12]

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[13] there were 22,835 people, 9,194 households, and 6,114 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km2). There were 10,306 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.28% White, 4.66% Black or African American, 1.95% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 2.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.07% of the population.

There were 9,194 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.10% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.50% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,875, and the median income for a family was $37,519. Males had a median income of $29,043 versus $21,706 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,525. About 8.90% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.70% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Unified school districts

  • Cherokee USD 247 (Web site) is a school district of 300 square miles (780 km2) primarily covering portions of Crawford and Cherokee counties, but also includes small portions of Labette and Neosho counties.[14]
  • Parsons USD 503 (Web site)
  • Oswego USD 504 (Web site)
  • Chetopa-St. Paul USD 505 (Web site)
  • Labette County USD 506 (Web site)

Communities

2005 KDOT Map of Labette County (map legend)

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Labette County is divided into sixteen townships. The cities of Chetopa, Oswego, and Parsons are considered governmentally independent and are 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
Canada 10325 217 2 (5) 103 (40) 0 (0) 0.22%
Elm Grove 20750 798 6 (16) 130 (50) 0 (0) 0.17%
Fairview 22550 239 3 (7) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.11%
Hackberry 29350 403 3 (8) 131 (51) 0 (0) 0.15%
Howard 33300 357 3 (8) 111 (43) 0 (0) 0.13%
Labette 37400 373 4 (10) 94 (36) 0 (0) 0.18%
Liberty 40175 395 4 (11) 95 (37) 0 (0) 0.11%
Montana 47850 179 3 (7) 71 (27) 1 (1) 1.90%
Mound Valley 48850 806 5 (13) 166 (64) 0 (0) 0.11%
Mount Pleasant 48950 1,351 14 (37) 93 (36) 0 (0) 0.34%
Neosho 49775 222 3 (8) 70 (27) 2 (1) 2.40%
North 50975 612 7 (19) 83 (32) 0 (0) 0.16%
Osage 53150 703 4 (12) 157 (61) 5 (2) 2.93%
Oswego 53475 310 5 (12) 66 (25) 1 (0) 1.73%
Richland 59425 303 3 (8) 97 (38) 0 (0) 0.43%
Walton 75250 726 9 (23) 83 (32) 0 (0) 0.16%
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. 

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Nelson Case's history of Labette County, Kansas
  4. ^ Montgomery County Newspaper Articles - The Bender family
  5. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ 2010 census general population statistics on Labette County, Kansa]
  13. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  14. ^ Burns, Tim (September 19, 2005). "Welcome To USD #247". Cherokee, USD 247. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 

Further reading

Labette County
  • History of Labette County, Kansas, and Representative Citizens; Nelson Case; Biographical Publishing Company; 846 pages; 1901. (Download 50MB PDF eBook)
Kansas
  • History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas Publisher; 1883. (Online HTML eBook)
  • Kansas : A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc; 3 Volumes; Frank W. Blackmar; Standard Publishing Co; 944 / 955 / 824 pages; 1912. (Volume1 - Download 54MB PDF eBook),(Volume2 - Download 53MB PDF eBook), (Volume3 - Download 33MB PDF eBook)

External links

Official sites
  • Labette County
Additional information
  • Blue Skyways
  • Kansas Statistical Abstract
  • Labette County GenWeb
  • Labette County History and Heritage Project, Genealogy
Maps
  • Labette County Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
  • Kansas Highway Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
  • Kansas Railroad Maps: Current, 1996, 1915, KDOT and Kansas Historical Society
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