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Alma, Kansas
City
Nickname(s): "City of Native Stone Set in the Foothills"
Location within Wabaunsee County and Kansas
Location within Wabaunsee County and Kansas
KDOT map of Wabaunsee County (legend)
KDOT map of Wabaunsee County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Wabaunsee
Area
 • Total 0.59 sq mi (1.53 km2)
 • Land 0.58 sq mi (1.50 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 1,106 ft (337 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 832
 • Estimate (2012) 823
 • Density 1,410/sq mi (543.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 66401, 66501
Area code 785
FIPS code 20-01350
GNIS feature ID 0476598
Website City Website

Alma is a city in and the county seat of Wabaunsee County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 832.

History

19th century

Stouffer's Railroad Map of Kansas 1915-1918 Wabaunsee County
1915 Railroad Map of Wabaunsee County

For millennia, the land now known as Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was secured by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1859, Wabaunsee County was founded.

The first house was built at Alma in 1867.

In 1887, the Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway built a main line from Topeka through Alma to Herington. The Chicago, Kansas and Nebraska Railway was foreclosed in 1891 and taken over by Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which shut down in 1980. This line of the former Rock Island Railroad was sold to the Southern Pacific Railroad and later merged into the Union Pacific that operates and owns the line today. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Rock Island".

The city was named after either the city of Alma, Germany, or for a stream in the Ukraine.

Geography

Alma is located at 39°0′56″N 96°17′21″W / 39.01556°N 96.28917°W / 39.01556; -96.28917 (39.015637, -96.289050). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2), of which, 0.58 square miles (1.50 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 362
1890 1,125 210.8%
1900 966 −14.1%
1910 1,010 4.6%
1920 789 −21.9%
1930 811 2.8%
1940 776 −4.3%
1950 716 −7.7%
1960 838 17.0%
1970 905 8.0%
1980 925 2.2%
1990 871 −5.8%
2000 797 −8.5%
2010 832 4.4%
Est. 2015 802 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

Alma is part of the Topeka, Kansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 832 people, 342 households, and 212 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,434.5 inhabitants per square mile (553.9/km2). There were 381 housing units at an average density of 656.9 per square mile (253.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.1% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.2% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 342 households of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 42.7 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.2% were from 45 to 64; and 21.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 797 people, 315 households, and 208 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,410.3 people per square mile (539.9/km²). There were 354 housing units at an average density of 626.4 per square mile (239.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.86% White, 0.63% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.63% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.26% of the population.

There were 315 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 23.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,333, and the median income for a family was $46,339. Males had a median income of $31,750 versus $21,094 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,245. About 4.7% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

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