Thursday, May 16, 2019

Population loss in rural Kansas: Stafford County

As in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia (Stafford County, St. John)

St. John is the county seat of Stafford County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 22.6% - Stafford County
  • 32.3% - Kansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 21.1% - Stafford County
  • 15.4% - Kansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Stafford County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1976, when Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford by 7.3 percentage points.  LBJ beat Goldwater by 15.7 percentage points, and George Wallace received 8% of the vote in 1968.

Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library, St. John
Related reading:

Other Kansas population loss posts:
Small Kansas towns struggling.  (Wichita Eagle, 12/16/2011)
Hudson is a sleepy little town buried in the heart of Stafford County. Like many rural towns in Kansas, it has already lost its school and its liquor store. Bauer's General Store, which served as a meat market, hardware store and the morning spot for locals, also has closed. 
Now, the 125 residents are losing their post office. 
Hudson's population peaked at 253 in 1910.

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)

Other population loss series:
Detroit metro.

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