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Coordinates: 38°28′N 101°21′W / 38.467, -101.35

Wichita County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Wichita County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded 24 December 1886
Seat Leoti
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

718.54 sq mi (1,861 km²)
718.52 sq mi (1,861 km²)
0.02 sq mi (0 km²), 0.003%
 - (2010)
 - Density

3.2/sq mi (1.2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Wichita County (standard abbreviation: WH) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 2,234.[1] Its county seat is Leoti.[2]

The county should not be confused with the city of Wichita, which is located in Sedgwick County.

Law and government[]

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Wichita County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[3]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 718.54 square miles (1,861.0 km2), of which 718.52 square miles (1,861.0 km2) (or 99.997%) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) (or 0.003%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 1,197
1910 2,006 67.6%
1920 1,856 −7.5%
1930 2,579 39.0%
1940 2,185 −15.3%
1950 2,640 20.8%
1960 2,765 4.7%
1970 3,274 18.4%
1980 3,041 −7.1%
1990 2,758 −9.3%
2000 2,531 −8.2%
2010 2,234 −11.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

Age pyramid

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,531 people, 967 households, and 723 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,119 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.25% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 10.51% from other races, and 2.37% from two or more races. 18.41% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 967 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.30% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.20% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 104.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,462, and the median income for a family was $41,034. Males had a median income of $27,523 versus $18,807 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,720. About 11.20% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.20% of those under age 18 and 4.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

Incorporated cities[]

Name and population (2004 estimate):

  • Leoti, 1,475 (county seat)

Unincorporated places[]

  • Coronado (ghost town)
  • Farmer City (ghost town)
  • Marienthal
  • Selkirk


Wichita County has a single township. 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.

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
Leoti 39575 Leoti 2,531 1 (4) 1,861 (719) 0 (0) 0% 38°29′54″N 101°21′50″W / 38.49833, -101.36389


2005 KDOT Map of Wichita County from KDOT (map legend)

Unified school districts[]

  • Leoti USD 467

See also[]

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas


Further reading[]

External links[]

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