- Pratt, Kansas
official_name = Pratt, Kansas
nickname = Gateway to the High Plains
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Pratt, Kansas
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Pratt
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 19.5
area_land_km2 = 19.2
area_water_km2 = 0.3
area_total_sq_mi = 7.5
area_land_sq_mi = 7.4
area_water_sq_mi = 0.1
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 6570
population_density_km2 = 342.1
population_density_sq_mi = 886.0
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 575
elevation_ft = 1886
latd = 37 |latm = 39 |lats = 1 |latNS = N
longd = 98 |longm = 44 |longs = 17 |longEW = W
Pratt is a city in and the
county seatof Pratt County in the southwestern part of the U.S. stateof Kansas.GR|6 The population was 6,570 at the 2000 census.
Pratt is located at coor dms|37|39|1|N|98|44|17|W|city (37.650321, -98.738068).GR|1
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19.5 km²), of which, 7.4 square miles (19.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (1.59%) is water.
2000=6570As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 6,570 people, 2,839 households, and 1,780 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 886.0 people per square mile (341.9/km²). There were 3,312 housing units at an average density of 446.6/sq mi (172.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.87% White, 1.00% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.95% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.46% of the population.
There were 2,839 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,646, and the median income for a family was $42,412. Males had a median income of $31,186 versus $20,640 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $17,486. About 7.1% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.
When the Parrish Hotel was built it was the tallest building in Kansas for a number of years.Fact|date=June 2008
The nearby airbase served as the final staging area for
B-29outfitting in 1943-1945.Fact|date=June 2008
The Miss Kansas Parade and contest is held here.Fact|date=June 2008
The state headquarters of Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks was constructed southeast of the town.
Theodore Bagwelllies low in a Pratt bar in " The Killing Box", an episode of the television series " Prison Break".
Stephen King's " The Stand", Pratt is a location where Nick Andros and Tom Cullen stop at on their way to Boulder, Colorado.
*A longstanding joke is that there are two water towers in the town, one painted with the word 'Hot' and one 'Cold.'
*According to legend, Pratt is protected by Native American spirits between its North and South railroads.
There are seven schools in Pratt, including
Pratt Community College.
Brad Ziegler, current Oakland Athleticsrelief pitcher, set MLBrecord for consecutive scoreless innings to begin a career (27)
* [http://www.prattkan.com/ Pratt, KS Website]
* [http://www.prattcc.edu/ Pratt Community College Website]
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