Monday, May 13, 2019

Population loss in rural Kansas: Clark County

Source:  Wikipedia (Clark County, Ashland)

Ashland is the county seat of Clark County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 33.1% - Clark County
  • 32.3% - Kansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 21.9% - Clark County
  • 15.4% - Kansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Clark County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1964. (LBJ won by a margin of 6.2 percentage points over Barry Goldwater.  George Wallace received 13.5% of the vote in 1968.)

Ashland Library
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Related reading:
The Day the Great Plains Burned.  (The New Yorker, 11/5/2018) 
Ashland, Kansas, is almost fifty miles from Slapout, if you follow a straight line across the prairie. As the county seat of Clark County, Ashland grew along the gentle valley of a creek, with ambitious streets as wide as big-city avenues. After going through a familiar Great Plains cycle of boom and not quite bust, the town today has a population of about eight hundred and fifty.

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)

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