Bison, Kansas

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Population in 2014: 247 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +5.1%
 
Males: 136  (55.3%)
Females: 111  (44.7%)
Median resident age:  52.9 years
Kansas median age:  36.5 years

Zip codes: 67520.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $42,300 (it was $33,333 in 2000)
Bison:

$42,300
KS:

$54,935

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $22,467 (it was $23,122 in 2000)

Bison city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $41,339 (it was $30,300 in 2000)
Bison:

$41,339
KS:

$144,900

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $60,628; Detached houses: $60,421

Median gross rent in 2016: $452.

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  • Races in Bison, KS (2010)

    Bison races chart
    • 24997.6%White alone
    • 31.2%Two or more races
    • 20.8%American Indian alone
    • 10.4%Hispanic

Races in Bison detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Bison: 77.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (57.5%), American (6.9%), English (5.7%), French Canadian (5.7%), German Russian (3.4%), Canadian (1.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 2011 feet

Land area: 0.26 square miles.

Population density: 957 people per square mile   (low).

Bison,KS real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Bison:

  • High school or higher: 87.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 12.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bison city:

  • Never married: 20.6%
  • Now married: 62.8%
  • Separated: 3.1%
  • Widowed: 4.2%
  • Divorced: 9.4%



According to our research of Kansas and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Bison, Kansas as of December 11, 2018.
The ratio of number of residents in Bison to the number of sex offenders is 217 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,394 (2.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $873 (2.3%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Wichita, KS (116.5 miles , pop. 344,284).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (418.2 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities: Timken, KS (1.9 miles) , La Crosse, KS (2.5 miles ), Rush Center, KS (2.7 miles) , Otis, KS (2.8 miles ), Albert, KS (3.3 miles) , Liebenthal, KS (3.4 miles) , Olmitz, KS (3.8 miles) , Schoenchen, KS (3.9 miles ).

Latitude: 38.52 N, Longitude: 99.20 W

Area code: 785

Bison household income distribution Bison home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.0%
Kansas:

3.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -15 (-6.0%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (26%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (9%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (35%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Finance and insurance (10%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Information (8%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (19%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Material moving occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (25%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (17%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (15%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (4%)

Work and jobs in Bison: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Bison, Kansas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Bison-area historical tornado activity is near Kansas state average. It is 105% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/21/2001, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 22.6 miles away from the Bison city center killed one person and injured 28 people and caused $43 million in damages.

On 5/4/1950, a category F4 tornado 23.1 miles away from the city center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bison-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Kansas state average. It is 58% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 162.1 miles away from the city center
On 9/15/1995 at 00:31:33, a magnitude 4.1 (3.8 LG, 4.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 117.5 miles away from Bison center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 324.2 miles away from the city center
On 5/30/1991 at 22:07:44, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 48.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 389.8 miles away from Bison center
On 7/15/1992 at 02:56:40, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 25.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Rush County (13) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 4, Winds: 2, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Bison topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Bison:

  • LOCUST GROVE VILLAGE (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; LA CROSSE, KS)
  • RUSH COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LTCU (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; LA CROSSE, KS)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bison:

  • Fort Hays State University (about 26 miles; Hays, KS; Full-time enrollment: 8,728)
  • Barton County Community College (about 27 miles; Great Bend, KS; FT enrollment: 4,108)
  • Hutchinson Community College (about 77 miles; Hutchinson, KS; FT enrollment: 4,174)
  • Newman University (about 116 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 2,066)
  • Friends University (about 116 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 2,024)
  • Wichita Technical Institute (about 116 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 2,015)
  • Wichita State University (about 118 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 11,743)

Library in Bison:

  • BISON COMMUNITY LIBRARY (Operating income: $15,050; Location: 202 MAIN; 5,335 books; 90 audio materials; 254 video materials; 30 state licensed databases)

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Notable locations in Bison: Mid - State Farmers Co - Operative Grain Elevator Number 3 (A), Rush County Fire District 5 Bison (B), Bison Community Library (C), Bison City Hall (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Bison: Bison United Methodist Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Rush County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 1.4%
(1.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.5 people
Kansas:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  69.2%
Whole state:  66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  8.7%
Whole state:  5.8%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Banks with branches in Bison (2011 data):

  • Bison State Bank: at 223 Main Street, branch established on 1901/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $10.1 mil, Deposits: $9.0 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 1 total offices

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.8
Kansas average:

11.2

Bison travel time to work - commute Bison mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

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Religion statistics for Bison city (based on Rush County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic1,1783
Mainline Protestant1,1119
Evangelical Protestant2403
None778-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Rush County:

6.24 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 3
Here:

9.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.2%
Kansas:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Rush County:

28.2%
Kansas:

27.9%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Bison:

42.9%
State:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

52.1%
Kansas:

45.1%

Average BMI:
Bison:

22.6
Kansas:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Bison:

26.7%
Kansas:

21.6%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.6
State:

6.8

General health condition:
This city:

60.0%
Kansas:

55.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

90.3%
State:

78.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Bison, KS Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$100
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$692
Streets and Highways 1$2,084$25,0080$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 2$1,148
Totals for Government 1$2,084$25,00810$1,940

Bison government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $43,000 ($174.09)
    General - Other: $35,000 ($141.70)
    Regular Highways: $6,000 ($24.29)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,000 ($4.05)
    Libraries: $1,000 ($4.05)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $16,000 ($64.78)

Bison government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $11,000 ($44.53)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $6,000 ($24.29)
    Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($4.05)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $38,000 ($153.85)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $7,000 ($28.34)
    General Support: $3,000 ($12.15)
  • Tax - Property: $53,000 ($214.57)
    Public Utilities: $2,000 ($8.10)

Bison government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $35,000 ($141.70)

5.49% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,480 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.49%
Kansas average:

6.43%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Ellis County, KS  0.81% ($42,909 average AGI)


8.45% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,924 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.45%
Kansas average:

6.89%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Ellis County, KS  2.34% ($29,515 average AGI)
to Barton County, KS  1.28% ($31,333)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bison:

  • KVGB (1590 AM; 5 kW; GREAT BEND, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO INC.)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KGYN (1210 AM; 50 kW; GUYMON, OK; Owner: TELNS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KRMG (740 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KNNS (1510 AM; daytime; 1 kW; LARNED, KS; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KAYS (1400 AM; 1 kW; HAYS, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KWLS (1290 AM; 5 kW; PRATT, KS; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFRM (550 AM; 5 kW; SALINA, KS; Owner: TAYLOR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KGNO (1370 AM; 5 kW; DODGE CITY, KS; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bison:

  • KBGL (106.9 FM; LARNED, KS; Owner: HULL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KHCT (90.9 FM; GREAT BEND, KS; Owner: HUTCHINSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • KHOK (100.7 FM; HOISINGTON, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • KVGB-FM (104.3 FM; GREAT BEND, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • KZLS (107.9 FM; GREAT BEND, KS; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KJLS (103.3 FM; HAYS, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC)
  • KKQY (101.9 FM; HILL CITY, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC)
  • KPRD (88.9 FM; HAYS, KS; Owner: THE PRAISE NETWORK INC.)
  • KHAZ (99.5 FM; HAYS, KS; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Bison:

  • KOOD (Channel 9; HAYS, KS; Owner: SMOKY HILLS PUBLIC TELEVISION CORP.)
  • KSNC (Channel 2; GREAT BEND, KS; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION OF WICHITA)
  • KBSH-TV (Channel 7; HAYS, KS; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KBDK (Channel 14; HOISINGTON, KS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KSCC-LP (Channel 14; GREAT BEND, KS; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 600 Ft E Of Main St (Lat: 38.522500 Lon: -99.196222), Type: Tank, Structure height: 42 m, Overall height: 46 m, Call Sign: KNNQ356
    Assigned Frequencies: 935.387 MHz, 935.400 MHz, 935.412 MHz, 935.425 MHzGrant Date: 04/17/2001, Expiration Date: 04/12/2011, Cancellation Date: 02/04/2011, Certifier: Richard S StegelmanRegistrant: Western Resources, 818 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66601, Phone: (785) 575-1199, Fax: (785) 575-8446, Email:

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bison and their reported violations in the past:

BISON, CITY OF (Population served: 249, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 minor monitoring violations
Most common first names in Bison, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1077.2 years
Helen484.3 years
William478.7 years
Mary483.2 years
Mollie493.5 years
Adam386.7 years
Ben382.0 years
Herman377.6 years
Jacob370.1 years
Bertha385.6 years
Most common last names in Bison, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Seuser1084.4 years
Scheuerman979.5 years
Schwartzkopf682.5 years
Reinhardt690.2 years
Bieber684.7 years
Hanhardt683.6 years
Crotinger686.0 years
Urban681.9 years
Stegman581.4 years
Ochs584.2 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (89%)
  • Wood (5%)
  • Electricity (4%)

Bison compared to Kansas state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
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