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Comanche County, Kansas


Comanche County, Kansas

Comanche County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Comanche County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1867
Named for Comanche people
Seat Coldwater
Largest city Coldwater
 • Total 790 sq mi (2,046 km2)
 • Land 788 sq mi (2,041 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (4 km2), 0.2%
 • (2010) 1,891
 • Density 2.4/sq mi (1/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .comcomanchecounty

Comanche County (county code CM) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 1,891.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Coldwater.[2] The county is named after the Comanche Native Americans.[3]


  • Law and government 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
    • Unified school districts 4.1
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Unincorporated community 5.2
    • Townships 5.3
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8
  • External links 9

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, Comanche County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 790 square miles (2,000 km2), of which 788 square miles (2,040 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties


As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[11] there were 1,967 people, 872 households, and 540 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 1,088 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 872 households out of which 24.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.40% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.00% were non-families. 35.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 4.50% from 18 to 24, 21.00% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 25.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 93.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,415, and the median income for a family was $36,790. Males had a median income of $24,844 versus $18,221 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,037. About 8.50% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.


Unified school districts

  • Comanche County USD 300


2005 KDOT Map of Comanche County (map legend)


Unincorporated community


Comanche County is divided into four 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
Avilla 03525 58 0 (0) 309 (119) 0 (0) 0.15%
Coldwater 14725 Coldwater 1,086 1 (3) 1,099 (424) 2 (1) 0.17%
Powell 57325 89 0 (1) 186 (72) 0 (0) 0.03%
Protection 57875 Protection 734 2 (4) 448 (173) 1 (0) 0.28%
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. 

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Profile for Comanche County, Kansas".  
  4. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ The 1880 census population includes areas that were organized into Kiowa County in 1886.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

Further reading

  • History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas Publisher; 1883. (Online HTML eBook)
  • Kansas : A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc; 3 Volumes; Frank W. Blackmar; Standard Publishing Co; 944 / 955 / 824 pages; 1912. (Volume1 - Download 54MB PDF eBook),(Volume2 - Download 53MB PDF eBook), (Volume3 - Download 33MB PDF eBook)

External links

Official sites
  • Comanche County
Additional information
  • Blue Skyways
  • Kansas Statistical Abstract
  • Comanche County Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
  • Kansas Highway Maps: Current, Historic, KDOT
  • Kansas Railroad Maps: Current, 1996, 1915, KDOT and Kansas Historical Society
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