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Coordinates: 38°28′N 101°50′W / 38.467, -101.833

Greeley County, Kansas
Greeley County, Kansas courthouse W entrance.JPG
Greeley County courthouse in Tribune
Map of Kansas highlighting Greeley County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded March 20, 1873
Named for Horace Greeley
Seat Tribune
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

778.01 sq mi (2,015 km²)
778.01 sq mi (2,015 km²)
0.00 sq mi (0 km²), 0.00%
 - (2010)
 - Density

1.7/sq mi (0.7/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6

Greeley County (county code GL) is a county located in West Central Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,247,[1] which makes it the least populous county in Kansas.[1] Its county seat and largest town is Tribune.[2] The county is named after Horace Greeley of Chappaqua, New York, editor of the New York Tribune.

Law and government[]

The Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters. Greeley County remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 2008, when voters approved to allow sales of liquor by the drink.[3]

As of January 1, 2009, Greeley County and the City of Tribune have operated as a unified government.[4] The resulting government consists of a five-member commission with two members elected by city residents, two by rural residents, and one at-large.[5] Similar to Wyandotte County, the only other consolidated city-county in the state, part of the county was not included: Horace decided against consolidation.[6]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 778.01 square miles (2,015.0 km2), all land.[7] It is the largest of five United States counties and twelve (Virginia) independent cities that officially have no water area. [citation needed]

Adjacent counties[]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 1,264
1900 493 −61.0%
1910 1,335 170.8%
1920 1,028 −23.0%
1930 1,712 66.5%
1940 1,638 −4.3%
1950 2,010 22.7%
1960 2,087 3.8%
1970 1,819 −12.8%
1980 1,845 1.4%
1990 1,774 −3.8%
2000 1,534 −13.5%
2010 1,247 −18.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

Population pyramid

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[8] there were 1,534 people, 602 households, and 414 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 712 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.09% White, 0.26% Native American, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.07% Asian, 5.22% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.54% of the population.

There were 602 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 4.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.20% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 19.90% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,605, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $29,018 versus $18,984 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,974. About 8.20% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 6.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Incorporated cities[]

Name and population (2010 census):

  • Tribune, 741 (county seat)
  • Horace, 70


Greeley County is divided into three 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 FIPS Population
Population Population
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Colony 14975 172 0 (0) 919 (355) 0 (0) 0% 38°28′10″N 101°55′42″W / 38.46944, -101.92833
Harrison 30325 107 0 (1) 511 (197) 0 (0) 0% 38°21′25″N 101°41′14″W / 38.35694, -101.68722
Tribune 71475 Tribune 1,255 2 (6) 586 (226) 0 (0) 0% 38°31′51″N 101°44′36″W / 38.53083, -101.74333
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. 


2005 KDOT Map of Greeley County (map legend)

Unified school districts[]


  • In "The Killing Box", an episode of the television series Prison Break, Brad Bellick is in a Greeley County courthouse, being arraigned on capital murder charges.

See also[]

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas


  1. ^ a b "2010 County Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Greeley County residents pass unification, Garden City Telegram, 2007-11-07. Accessed 2007-11-08.
  6. ^ TRIBUNE | City and county to unify, The Kansas City Star, 2007-11-07. Accessed 2007-11-08.
  7. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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