Monday, May 13, 2019

Population loss in rural Kansas: Hodgeman County

As in major -- 50% or more.

Source:  Wikipedia (Hodgeman County, Jetmore)

Jetmore is the county seat of Hodgeman County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 24.4% - Hodgeman County
  • 32.3% - Kansas
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 22.7% - Hodgeman County
  • 15.4% - Kansas
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Hodgeman County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1976, when Carter beat Ford by 9.2 percentage points. (LBJ won by a margin of 15 percentage points over Barry Goldwater, but George Wallace received 10.5% of the vote in 1968.)
Related reading:
Kansas grocery stores vital to small town health, sense of community.  (Topeka Capital-Journal, 1/6/2018)
For Mark Wellbrock, Jetmore Food Center is a passion as much as it is a business. 
“Our customers deserve it. Our community deserves it,” Wellbrock said of the store he’s owned since 2001. For the 800 or so who live in the western Kansas town, the store is the only source of fresh food. 
Without the food center, residents would have to drive nearly 30 minutes to reach grocers in either Ness City, Dodge City or Garden City. 

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)

Other population loss series:
Detroit metro.

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