Sunday, May 19, 2019

Population loss in rural Kansas: Harper County

As in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia (Harper County, Anthony)

Anthony is the county seat of Harper County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 17.5% - Harper County
  • 32.3% - Kansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 22.1% - Harper County
  • 15.4% - Kansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Harper County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1936, when FDR won his 2nd of 4 terms.  In 1964, Goldwater beat LBJ by 4.1 percentage points, and third-party candidate George Wallace received 8.4% of the vote in 1968.

Anthony Public Library
Related reading:
Breaking ground on the future of rural healthcare.  (Hurchinson News, 12/10/2017)
Officials were scheduled to gather in a large open field in rural Harper County at 2 p.m. Sunday to break ground on a new $41 million medical complex that its developers say will introduce an entirely new model for rural health care. 
Funded in large part by the late Neal Patterson, a Harper County native who was co-founder and former CEO of medical technology giant Cerner Corp., and his family, the 62,500 square foot complex will consolidate the current clinic, hospital and rehabilitation services offered in both Harper and Anthony into one place, under one roof. 
The Patterson Health Center won’t just offer traditional health care, however, said Kimberly Temple Schrant, vice president of the recently formed Hospital District #6, but a path to wellness. 
The health center will include a 15-bed critical access hospital, neighboring health clinic, physical therapy and rehab center, and a wellness center.

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)
Osborne County/Osborne.  (5/17/2019)
Smith County/Smith Center.  (5/17/2019)

East central
Jewell County/Mankato.  (5/17/2019)
Mitchell County/Beloit.  (5/17/2019)
Lincoln County/Lincoln Center.  (5/17/2019)

Other population loss series:
Detroit metro.

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