- Bourbon County, Kansas
Infobox U.S. County
August 25, 1855
seat wl=Fort Scott
census estimate yr=2006
named for=Bourbon County,
Bourbon County (county code BB) is a county located in Southeast
Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was 15,379 at the 2000 census, and it was estimated to be formatnum:LookupUSEstPop|20011|EST in the year LookupUSEstPop|20011|EYR. Its county seatand most populous city is Fort Scott.GR|6
Law and government
Following amendment to the
Kansas Constitutionin 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 1992, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement. [Cite web| url=http://www.ksrevenue.org/abcwetdrymap.htm| title=Map of Wet and Dry Counties| publisher=Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue| month=November | year=2006| accessdate=2007-12-26]
According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 639 square miles (1,655 km²), of which 637 square miles (1,650 km²) is land and 2 square miles (4 km²), or 0.27%, is water.GR|2
Fort Scott National Historic Site
Sources: National Atlas [ [http://www.nationalatlas.gov/ National Atlas] ] , U.S. Census Bureau [ [http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger U.S. Census Bureau TIGER shape files] ]
U.S. Route 54
U.S. Route 69
* Kansas Highway 3
* Kansas Highway 7
* Kansas Highway 31
* Kansas Highway 39
* Kansas Highway 65
Bourbon County's population was estimated to be formatnum:LookupUSEstPop|20011|EST in the year LookupUSEstPop|20011|EYR, LookupUSEstPop|20011|TXT.Cite web| url=http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php| title=Population Estimates| publisher=U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division| Annual estimates of the population to 20011|EDT. Released 20011|RDT. Population change is from 20011|IDT to 20011|EDT.]
As of the U.S. Census in 2000,GR|2 there were 15,379 people, 6,161 households, and 4,127 families residing in the county. The
population densitywas 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 7,135 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.06% White, 3.08% Black or African American, 0.84% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanicor Latinoof any race were 1.29% of the population.
There were 6,161
households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 29.00% 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 2.44 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 24.20% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,199, and the median income for a family was $39,239. Males had a median income of $27,043 versus $20,983 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $16,393. About 9.50% of families and 13.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.00% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Name and population (LookupUSEstPop|2024000|EYR estimate):Cite web| url=http://www.census.gov/popest/estimates.php| title=Population Estimates| publisher=U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division| Annual estimates of the population to 2024000|EDT. Released 2024000|RDT.]
*Fort Scott, formatnum:LookupUSEstPop|2024000|EST (county seat)
Bourbon County is divided into eleven townships. The city of Fort Scott 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.
Unified school districts
* Fort Scott USD 234
* Uniontown USD 235
* [http://www.bourboncountyks.org/ Bourbon County]
* [http://skyways.lib.ks.us/counties/BB/ Blue Skyways - Bourbon County]
* [http://www.ku.edu/pri/ksdata/county.shtml Kansas Statistical Abstract]
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