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Coordinates: 37°11′N 99°16′W / 37.183, -99.267

Comanche County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Comanche County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of USA KS
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1867
Seat Coldwater
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

789.70 sq mi (2,045 km²)
788.31 sq mi (2,042 km²)
1.39 sq mi (4 km²), 0.18%
 - (2010)
 - Density

2.4/sq mi (0.9/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Comanche County (county code CM) is a county located in Southwest Kansas, in the Central United States. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 1,891.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Coldwater.[2]

Law and governmentEdit

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Comanche County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[3]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 789.70 square miles (2,045.3 km2), of which 788.31 square miles (2,041.7 km2) (or 99.82%) is land and 1.39 square miles (3.6 km2) (or 0.18%) is water.[4]

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 372 [5]
1890 2,549 585.2%
1900 1,619 −36.5%
1910 3,281 102.7%
1920 5,302 61.6%
1930 5,238 −1.2%
1940 4,412 −15.8%
1950 3,888 −11.9%
1960 3,271 −15.9%
1970 2,702 −17.4%
1980 2,554 −5.5%
1990 2,313 −9.4%
2000 1,967 −15.0%
2010 1,891 −3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
USA Comanche County, Kansas age pyramid

Population pyramid

Map of Comanche Co, Ks, USA

2005 KDOT Map of Comanche County (map legend)

As of the U.S. Census in 2000,[6] there were 1,967 people, 872 households, and 540 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km2). There were 1,088 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (1/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.05% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.

There were 872 households out of which 24.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.40% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.00% were non-families. 35.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 4.50% from 18 to 24, 21.00% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 25.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 93.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,415, and the median income for a family was $36,790. Males had a median income of $24,844 versus $18,221 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,037. About 8.50% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Incorporated citiesEdit

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated placesEdit


Comanche County is divided into four townships. None of the cities within the county are considered governmentally independent, and all figures for the townships include those of the cities. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.

Township FIPS Population
Population Population
/km2 (/sq mi)
Land area
km2 (sq mi)
Water area
km2 (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Avilla 03525 58 0 (0) 309 (119) 0 (0) 0.15% 37°5′14″N 99°17′20″W / 37.08722, -99.28889
Coldwater 14725 Coldwater 1,086 1 (3) 1,099 (424) 2 (1) 0.17% 37°16′6″N 99°18′5″W / 37.26833, -99.30139
Powell 57325 89 0 (1) 186 (72) 0 (0) 0.03% 37°20′36″N 99°8′37″W / 37.34333, -99.14361
Protection 57875 Protection 734 2 (4) 448 (173) 1 (0) 0.28% 37°12′20″N 99°29′16″W / 37.20556, -99.48778
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. 

Education Edit

Unified school districts Edit

See also Edit

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas


  1. ^ "2010 County Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ The 1880 census population includes areas that were organized into Kiowa County in 1886.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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