Monday, May 13, 2019

Population loss in rural Kansas: Graham County

As in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia (Graham County, Hill City)

Hill City is the county seat of Graham County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-89%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 27.4% - Graham County
  • 32.3% - Kansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 26.5% - Graham County
  • 15.4% - Kansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Graham County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1936.  In 1964, Barry Goldwater won by 0.1 percentage points. George Wallace received 11.6% of the vote in 1968.

Related reading:
Descendants Keep Alive Legacy of 1877 Black Settlement in Kansas.  (The New York Times, 8/7/2015)
Ms. Carter is among a dwindling number of Nicodemus’s permanent residents, who total no more than 25 by most estimates. But each summer, for a few sweet days, the town’s population swells for the homecoming. Children whose ancestors settled this land in the 1870s use the swings on a playground that often sits idle. Cousins snack on catfish sandwiches and play basketball on the court next to Township Hall. Old men and women reminisce about their childhoods, discuss the joys and hardships of rural life in northwest Kansas, and ponder the future of this proud town, one that boomed, went bust and held on.

Other Kansas population loss posts:
Cheyenne County/St. Francis.  (5/10/2019)
Rawlins County/Atwood.  (5/10/2019)
Decatur County/Oberlin.  (5/11/2019)
Sheridan County/Hoxie.  (5 /12/2019)
Gove County/Gove City.  (5/12/2019)
Lane County/Dighton.  (5/12/2019)

West central
Clark County/Ashland. (5/13/2019)
Hodgeman County/Jetmore.  (5/13/2019)
Ness County/Ness City.  (5 /13/2019)
Trego County/WaKeeney.  (5/13/2019)

Other population loss series:
Detroit metro.

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