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Smith Center, Kansas

Smith Center is a city in and the county seat of Smith County, Kansas, United States.[8] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,665.[9]

Smith Center, Kansas
First National Bank building
First National Bank building
Location within Smith County and Kansas
Location within Smith County and Kansas
KDOT map of Smith County (legend)
Coordinates: 39°46′43″N 98°47′7″W / 39.77861°N 98.78528°W / 39.77861; -98.78528Coordinates: 39°46′43″N 98°47′7″W / 39.77861°N 98.78528°W / 39.77861; -98.78528
CountryUnited States
StateKansas
CountySmith
Government
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • MayorBryce Wiehl[1]
 • City ClerkJill Conaway[1]
Area
 • Total1.24 sq mi (3.21 km2)
 • Land1.24 sq mi (3.21 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,795 ft (547 m)
Population
 • Total1,665
 • Estimate 
(2016)[4]
1,583
 • Density1,300/sq mi (520/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
66967 [5]
Area code785
FIPS code20-65925 [6]
GNIS ID0471958 [7]
WebsiteSmithCenterKS.com

HistoryEdit

Smith Center was founded in 1871.[10] The first post office in Smith Center was established in January 1873.[11] Like Smith County, Smith Center was named for Maj. J. Nelson Smith of the 2nd Colorado Cavalry, a pre-war native of Elwood, Kansas, who died leading his regiment on October 21, 1864 at the Battle of the Little Blue River. [12] [13]

GeographyEdit

Smith Center is located at 39°46′43″N 98°47′7″W / 39.77861°N 98.78528°W / 39.77861; -98.78528 (39.778550, -98.785141).[14] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2), all land.[2]

Smith Center is located at the junction of U.S. Routes 281 and 36, approximately 100 miles south of Grand Island, Nebraska and 77 miles north of Russell and Interstate 70.

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1880254
1890767202.0%
19001,14248.9%
19101,29213.1%
19201,56721.3%
19301,73610.8%
19401,686−2.9%
19502,02620.2%
19602,37917.4%
19702,3890.4%
19802,240−6.2%
19902,016−10.0%
20001,931−4.2%
20101,665−13.8%
Est. 20161,583[4]−4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,665 people, 779 households, and 470 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,342.7 inhabitants per square mile (518.4/km2). There were 928 housing units at an average density of 748.4 per square mile (289.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 779 households of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.7% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.71.

The median age in the city was 48.7 years. 20.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 28.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,931 people, 852 households, and 534 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,659.9 people per square mile (642.7/km²). There were 987 housing units at an average density of 848.4 per square mile (328.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.17% White, 0.21% Native American, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 852 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 21.0% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 32.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,857, and the median income for a family was $36,316. Males had a median income of $25,833 versus $20,667 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,500. About 8.7% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

GovernmentEdit

The Smith Center government consists of a mayor and five council members. The council meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m.[1]

  • City Hall, 119 West Court Street.

EducationEdit

Primary and secondary educationEdit

Smith Center is part of Unified School District 237.[15] The district has two schools in Smith Center:

In popular cultureEdit

In the movie The Soldier, a renegade group of KGB agents has placed a nuclear weapon in Saudi Arabia which will contaminate 1/2 of the world's oil supply, unless Israel removes its settlements from the West Bank. A rogue U.S. agent has a team take over a military base located in Smith Center, and obtains independent launch capability of a nuclear weapon located on the base to force the KGB agents to back down, or he will use it to retaliate against Moscow.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Smith Center - Directory of Public Officials Archived 2011-05-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ United States Postal Service (2012). "USPS – Look Up a ZIP Code". Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  9. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  10. ^ Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 300.
  11. ^ "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961". Kansas Historical Society. Archived from the original on October 9, 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  12. ^ "Profile for Smith Center, Kansas". ePodunk. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Rebel Invasion of Missouri and Kansas". archive.org. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  15. ^ USD 237

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