Sunday, May 12, 2019

Population loss in rural Kansas: Gove County

Source:  Wikipedia (Gove County, Gove City)

Gove City is the county seat of Gove County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 23.1% - Gove County
  • 32.3% - Kansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 24.2% - Gove County
  • 15.4% - Kansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Gove County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1964. (LBJ won by a margin of 13.7 percentage points over Barry Goldwater.  George Wallace received 9.7% of the vote in 1968.)

Related reading:
Residents, local officials help turn population decline around in rural northwest Kansas community.  (High Plains Public Radio, 6/28/2017)
As High Plains Journal reports, the U.S. Census of 2010 reflected that Quinter, Kansas had experienced a 4.5 percent population decline and that Gove County’s population declined 12.2 percent since 2000. 
Quinter City Administrator Ericka Nicholson told the High Plains Journal that the census figures were “crippling” but that it served as a wakeup call to prompt officials to turn the tide – and it seems they have. 
According to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Quinter’s population grew 3.3 percent from 2010, slowing Gove County’s overall population decline to its lowest level since 1880.

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)

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