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Coordinates: 38°28′N 100°28′W / 38.467, -100.467

Lane County, Kansas
Map of Kansas highlighting Lane County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of USA KS
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded March 20, 1873
Seat Dighton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

717.43 sq mi (1,858 km²)
717.22 sq mi (1,858 km²)
0.21 sq mi (1 km²), 0.03%
 - (2010)
 - Density

2.6/sq mi (1.0/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Lane County (standard abbreviation: LE) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 1,750.[1] The county seat is Dighton, the only city in the county. Lane County was named after James H. Lane who was a leader of the Jayhawker abolitionist movement and served as one of the first U.S. Senators from Kansas.[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, Lane County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[3]


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 717.43 square miles (1,858.1 km2), of which 717.22 square miles (1,857.6 km2) (or 99.97%) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) (or 0.03%) is water.[4]

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 1,563
1910 2,603 66.5%
1920 2,848 9.4%
1930 3,372 18.4%
1940 2,821 −16.3%
1950 2,808 −0.5%
1960 3,060 9.0%
1970 2,707 −11.5%
1980 2,472 −8.7%
1990 2,375 −3.9%
2000 2,155 −9.3%
2010 1,750 −18.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
USA Lane County, Kansas age pyramid

Age pyramid

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 2,155 people, 910 households, and 613 families residing in the county. The population density was 3 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 1,065 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.73% White, 0.05% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. 1.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 910 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 5.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families. 30.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 20.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,047, and the median income for a family was $41,892. Males had a median income of $29,429 versus $20,446 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,606. About 5.40% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Incorporated citiesEdit

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated placesEdit


Lane County is divided into five 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.

Sources: 2000 U.S. Gazetteer from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Township FIPS Population
Population Population
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Alamota 00775 108 0 (1) 414 (160) 0 (0) 0% 38°24′55″N 100°19′43″W / 38.41528, -100.32861
Cheyenne 13050 336 1 (4) 245 (94) 0 (0) 0% 38°36′21″N 100°37′22″W / 38.60583, -100.62278
Dighton 18075 1,573 2 (5) 785 (303) 0 (0) 0.01% 38°27′23″N 100°30′11″W / 38.45639, -100.50306
White Rock 77950 26 0 (0) 207 (80) 0 (0) 0.02% 38°37′49″N 100°19′55″W / 38.63028, -100.33194
Wilson 79725 112 1 (1) 206 (80) 0 (0) 0.20% 38°36′47″N 100°28′12″W / 38.61306, -100.47

Education Edit

Map of Lane Co, Ks, USA

2005 KDOT Map of Lane County (map legend)

Unified school districts Edit

See alsoEdit

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas


Further readingEdit

  • Early Lane County History: 12,000 B.C. - A.D. 1884; Ellen May Stanley.
  • Early Lane County Development; Ellen May Stanley.
  • Golden Age, Great Depression, and Dust Bowl; Ellen May Stanley.

External linksEdit

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General county information
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