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Coordinates: 37°12′N 100°50′W / 37.2, -100.833

Seward County, Kansas
Seward County, KS, Courthouse IMG 5985.JPG
Seward County Courthouse at Liberal
Map of Kansas highlighting Seward 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
Seat Liberal
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

640.51 sq mi (1,659 km²)
639.52 sq mi (1,656 km²)
0.99 sq mi (3 km²), 0.15%
 - (2010)
 - Density

36.4/sq mi (14.1/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Seward County Veterans Memorial

Seward County (standard abbreviation: SW) is a county of the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 22,952.[1] The largest city and county seat is Liberal. The Liberal Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Seward County.

Seward County should not be confused with the city of Seward, which is located in Stafford County.

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.[2]


It is historically a Republican county. In the last five elections no Democratic candidate for governor has carried the county.[3] The last time the county went for the Democratic candidate for President was when it favored incumbent Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 over Kansas Governor Alf Landon.[4] In the Kansas Senate it is currently represented by Republican Tim Huelskamp. In the Kansas House of Representatives it is represented by Republicans Bill Light and Carl Holmes.[5]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 640.51 square miles (1,658.9 km2), of which 639.52 square miles (1,656.3 km2) (or 99.85%) is land and 0.99 square miles (2.6 km2) (or 0.15%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[]


Seward County was formed on March 20, 1873. It was named after William Henry Seward, an American politician and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 822
1910 4,091 397.7%
1920 6,220 52.0%
1930 8,075 29.8%
1940 6,540 −19.0%
1950 9,972 52.5%
1960 15,930 59.7%
1970 15,744 −1.2%
1980 17,071 8.4%
1990 18,743 9.8%
2000 22,510 20.1%
2010 22,952 2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

Age pyramid

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 22,510 people, 7,419 households, and 5,504 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 8,027 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 65.44% White, 3.78% Black or African American, 0.77% Native American, 2.86% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 23.81% from other races, and 3.27% from two or more races. 42.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,419 households out of which 43.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.46.

In the county the population was spread out with 32.00% under the age of 18, 11.70% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 16.90% from 45 to 64, and 8.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 105.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,752, and the median income for a family was $41,134. Males had a median income of $29,765 versus $21,889 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,059. About 13.90% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.00% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Incorporated cities[]

Name and population (2004 estimate):

  • Liberal, 20,218 (county seat)
  • Kismet, 518


Seward County is divided into three townships. The city of Liberal 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.

Sources: 2000 U.S. Gazetteer from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Township FIPS Population
Population Population
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Fargo 23000 1,684 3 (8) 570 (220) 2 (1) 0.29% 37°9′1″N 100°45′3″W / 37.15028, -100.75083
Liberal 39850 803 2 (4) 502 (194) 0 (0) 0.03% 37°5′52″N 100°56′58″W / 37.09778, -100.94944
Seward 64075 357 1 (2) 556 (215) 0 (0) 0.06% 37°18′55″N 100°50′34″W / 37.31528, -100.84278


2005 KDOT Map of Seward County (map legend)

Unified school districts[]

See also[]

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas


Further reading[]

External links[]

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