Chase County, KansasChase County, Kansas Map
Location in the state of Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.Statistics Founded February 11, 1859SeatCottonwood FallsArea
778 sq mi(2,015 km²)
776 sq mi (2,010 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.27% PopulationEst.
4.0/sq mi (1.5/km²) Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5Website: www.chasecountyks.orgNamed for: Salmon P. Chase
Chase County (county code CS) is a county located in Central Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was 3,030 at the 2000 census, and it was estimated to be 3,070 in the year 2006. Its county seat and most populous city is Cottonwood Falls. The county has been the subject of a book by William Least Heat-Moon. Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne died in a 1931 plane crash in the county. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve was established in the county in 1996. The center of population of Kansas is located in Chase County, about four miles north of Strong City.
- 1 Law and government
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Townships
- 6 Education
- 7 Literature
- 8 NRHP sites
- 9 State Historical Markers
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Law and government
Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 1988, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.
Chase County is centrally located in the eastern half of the state in the Flint Hills geologic region. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 778 square miles (2,015 km²), of which 776 square miles (2,010 km²) is land and 2 square miles (5 km²), or 0.27%, is water.
- Morris County (north)
- Lyon County (east)
- Greenwood County (southeast)
- Butler County (southwest)
- Marion County (west)
National protected area
DemographicsHistorical populations Census Pop. %± 18601,046 — 18701,975 88.8% 18806,081 207.9% 18908,233 35.4% 19008,246 0.2% 19107,527 -8.7% 19207,144 -5.1% 19306,952 -2.7% 19406,345 -8.7% 19504,831 -23.9% 19603,921 -18.8% 19703,408 -13.1% 19803,309 -2.9% 19903,021 -8.7% 20003,030 0.3%
Chase County's population was estimated to be 3,070 in the year 2006, an increase of 37, or +1.2%, over the previous six years.
As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 3,030 people, 1,246 households, and 817 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,529 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.90% White, 1.02% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.75% of the population.Population pyramid
There were 1,246 households out of which 28.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.60% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 31.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 103.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,656, and the median income for a family was $39,848. Males had a median income of $27,402 versus $21,528 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,422. About 4.10% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.00% of those under age 18 and 6.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and townsMap of Chase County (map legend)
Name and population (2006 estimate):
- Matfield Green
Chase County is divided into nine townships. None of the cities within the county are considered governmentally independent, and all figures for the townships include those of the cities. 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 FIPSPopulation
center Population Population
/km² (/sq mi) Land area
km² (sq mi) Water area
km² (sq mi) Water % Geographic coordinates Bazaar04700 81 0 (1) 293 (113) 0 (0) 0.17% 38°15′55″N, 96°32′3″WCedar11225 116 1 (2) 142 (55) 0 (0) 0.22% 38°8′54″N, 96°46′30″WCottonwood15875 184 1 (2) 209 (81) 0 (0) 0.23% 38°17′23″N, 96°45′44″WDiamond Creek17975 237 1 (2) 373 (144) 1 (0) 0.24% 38°25′31″N, 96°40′35″WFalls22850 Cottonwood Falls1,163 9 (23) 131 (51) 1 (0) 0.42% 38°21′55″N, 96°32′27″WHomestead32950 52 0 (1) 141 (54) 0 (0) 0.27% 38°10′56″N, 96°42′14″WMatfield45125 155 0 (1) 316 (122) 1 (0) 0.29% 38°8′59″N, 96°30′56″WStrong68600 Strong City740 4 (11) 172 (67) 0 (0) 0.24% 38°24′20″N, 96°32′18″WToledo70775 302 1 (3) 233 (90) 1 (0) 0.44% 38°24′49″N, 96°23′50″WSources: Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files. U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division.
Unified school districts
Made famous by William Least Heat-Moon's epic book PrairyErth: A Deep Map (1991).
The following sites in Chase County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
- Cartter Building, Cottonwood Falls
- Cedar Point Mill, Cedar Point
- Chase County Courthouse, Cottonwood Falls
- Chase County National Bank, Cottonwood Falls
- Clements Stone Arch Bridge, Clements
- Clover Cliff Ranch House, Elmdale
- Cottonwood River Bridge, Cottonwood Falls
- Cottonwood River Pratt Truss Bridge, Cedar Point
- Crocker Ranch, Matfield Green
- Fox Creek Stone Arch Bridge, Strong City
State Historical Markers
- A Landmark of Distinction - The Chase County Courthouse
- Chase County & The Bluestem Pasture Region of Kansas
- The Bluestem Pasture Region of Kansas
- W. B. Strong Memorial Railroad Park
Information on this and other counties in Kansas
- List of counties in Kansas
- List of Kansas county name etymologies
- Kansas locations by per capita income
Other information for Kansas
- List of cities in Kansas
- List of unified school districts in Kansas
- List of colleges and universities in Kansas
- ^ a b Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Annual estimates of the population to 2006-07-01. Released 2007-03-22. Population change is from 2000-07-01 to 2006-07-01.
- ^ Find a County. National Association of Counties. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
- ^ Map of Wet and Dry Counties. Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue (November 2006). Retrieved on 2007-12-26.
- ^ a b American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
- ^ The census population cited for 1860 includes Otoe county which was annexed before 1870. In 1860, the census population was 808 for Chase and 238 for Otoe.
- ^ Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Annual estimates of the population to 2006-07-01. Released 2007-06-28.
- Cutler's History of Chase County, Kansas
- Chase County GenWeb
- Blue Skyways from the Kansas State Library
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