Saturday, May 18, 2019

Population loss in rural Kansas: Lincoln County

As in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia (Lincoln County, Lincoln Center)

Lincoln Center is the county seat of Lincoln County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 19.9% - Lincoln County
  • 32.3% - Kansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 23.8% - Lincoln County
  • 15.4% - Kansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Lincoln 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 2.1 percentage points, and third-party candidate George Wallace received 8.8% of the vote in 1968.

Lincoln Carnegie Library
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The structure in place to care for seniors and others in a rural county is of critical importance to Lincoln County Hospital CEO Steve Granzow. Lincoln County, with a population of about 3,000 people, he said, faces the typical challenges of rural areas. It does, however, have a good infrastructure with support for the elderly, including a Meals on Wheels component, a long-term care facility and transportation options, he said. 
Granzow serves on a task force that includes others focused on health in the county, and the members have been working to identify needs and coordinate care. 
Both long-term care and in-home support services are critical in Lincoln. The city’s leaders currently are working to support the long-term care facility in their town, including efforts to make management more local. An out-of-state owner currently manages the facility, which is owned by the county. It’s a resource they don’t want to lose, he said. 
“If we can’t care for them here, then they may have to put them in a home 30, 50, 60 miles away,” Slabach said. “They don’t have that old safety net that they had before because it makes it more difficult for family to visit on a regular basis.”

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)

Other population loss series:
Detroit metro.

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