Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Population loss in rural Kansas: Rooks County

As in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia (Rooks County, Plainville)

Plainville is the county seat of Rooks County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 25.7% - Rooks County
  • 32.3% - Kansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 22.0% - Rooks County
  • 15.4% - Kansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Rooks County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1936.  In 1964, Barry Goldwater won by 1.6 percentage points. George Wallace received 8.7% of the vote in 1968.

Related reading:
Stockton Journal; The Bus Doesn't Stop Here Anymore.  (The New York Times, 3/19/1990)
The area was already slipping, Sheriff Dave Denton said over coffee down at The Country Inn, which doubles as Greyhound's station in Stockton. ''We've been losing population in Stockton and Rooks County since 1910,'' the Sheriff said. ''And you know this isn't going to help.'' 
In 1910, Rooks County had a population of 11,282. By 1980 it was 7,000 and last year, according to the Roots County tax assessor, it was 6,297. Stockton's population was about 2,000 in the 1980 census but last year, the tax assessor said, it was about 1,750.

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)

Other population loss series:
Detroit metro.

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