Monday, May 13, 2019

Population loss in rural Kansas: Norton County

As in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia (Norton County, Norton)

Norton is the county seat of Norton County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 16.1% - Norton County
  • 32.3% - Kansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 20.4% - Norton County
  • 15.4% - Kansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Norton County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1932.  In 1964, Barry Goldwater won by 21.3 percentage points. George Wallace received 5.6% of the vote in 1968.

Related reading:
Kansas considers relaxing rules on rural ambulance drivers. (Washington Times, 3/8/2019)
For example, in Norton County in northwest Kansas, the county’s 5,400 residents are served by six full-time volunteers and nine volunteers, who respond to all 911 calls and taken patients from one hospital to another. 
“Sometimes patients needing to be transferred are left waiting,” said Craig Sowards, Norton County EMS director. 
In response to the problem, a proposal before the state Legislature would allow drivers without medical training to transport stable patients in rural areas, which sometimes can take hours. Ambulances would still need to have one person with medical training riding in the back, such as an EMT or a nurse, The Kansas News Service reports .

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)

Other population loss series:
Detroit metro.

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