Friday, May 17, 2019

Population loss in rural Kansas: Osborne County

As in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia (Osborne County, Osborne)

Osborne is the county seat of Osborne County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 22.3% - Osborne County
  • 32.3% - Kansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 24.5% - Osborne County
  • 15.4% - Kansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Osborne County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1916, when Woodrow Wilson won a second term.  Goldwater beat LBJ by 2 percentage points, and third-party candidate George Wallace received 9.6% of the vote in 1968.

Osborne Public Library
Related reading:
Lousy Internet the newest threat to rural Kansas.  (Wichita Eagle, 10/16/2016)
The sparsely populated region has been losing population for decades as farms have consolidated. That in turn led to steep declines in Main Street businesses.  
Since 2000, 81 of Kansas’ 105 counties have lost population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The consensus is that trend will get worse – especially among young people – until and unless someone can find a way to get better internet service to the outlands.

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)
Graham County/Hill City.  (5/13/2019)
Norton County/Norton.  (5/13/2019)
Phillips County/Phillipsburg.  (5/14/2019)
Rooks County/Plainville.  (5/14/2019)
Edwards County/Kinsley.  (5/14/2019)
Kiowa County/Greensburg.  (5/14/2019)
Comanche County/Coldwater.  (5/15/2019)
Barber County/Medicine Lodge.  (5/15/2019)
Stafford County/St. John.  (5/16/2019)

Other population loss series:
Detroit metro.

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