Dighton, Kansas

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Population in 2013: 1,023 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -18.9%
 
Males: 453  (44.3%)
Females: 570  (55.7%)
Median resident age:  46.2 years
Kansas median age:  32.8 years

Zip codes: 67839.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $40,595 (it was $33,500 in 2000)
Dighton:

$40,595
KS:

$50,241
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,533 (it was $19,232 in 2000)

Dighton city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $50,345 (it was $41,100 in 2000)
Dighton:

$50,345
KS:

$130,100
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $52,465; Detached houses: $54,557; Townhouses or other attached units: $77,428; Mobile homes: $17,471

Median gross rent in 2012: $538.

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Dighton races chart
  • White alone - 968 (93.3%)
  • Hispanic - 32 (3.1%)
  • Two or more races - 21 (2.0%)
  • American Indian alone - 8 (0.8%)
  • Black alone - 6 (0.6%)
  • Asian alone - 3 (0.3%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Dighton: 79.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (31.6%), Irish (19.5%), English (13.5%), Swedish (3.8%), Scottish (3.0%), Polish (2.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 01/04/1887

Elevation: 2765 feet

Land area: 0.88 square miles.

Population density: 1,167 people per square mile   (low).

Dighton, Kansas map

For population 25 years and over in Dighton:

  • High school or higher: 91.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.4%
  • Unemployed: 2.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Dighton city:

  • Never married: 20.7%
  • Now married: 49.4%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 16.6%
  • Divorced: 12.8%

3 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.3%
Kansas:  6.5%



According to our research of Kansas and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Dighton, Kansas as of April 18, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Dighton to the number of sex offenders is 1,010 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is near the state average.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $865 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $717 (1.4%)

Dighton satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Wichita, KS (178.9 miles , pop. 344,284).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (444.0 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities: Healy, KS (3.4 miles ), Utica, KS (4.4 miles ), Scott City, KS (4.9 miles ), Ness City, KS (5.5 miles ), Ransom, KS (5.5 miles ), Gove City, KS (5.8 miles) , Brownell, KS (6.4 miles) , Marienthal, KS (6.4 miles) .

Latitude: 38.48 N, Longitude: 100.46 W

Area code: 620

Dighton household income distribution Dighton home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

2.5%
Kansas:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -91 (-6.7%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (42%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Retail trade (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (50%)
  • Public administration (12%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (13%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (9%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10%)
  • Child care workers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (5%)

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

Average climate in Dighton, Kansas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Dighton-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Kansas state average. It is 50% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/30/1972, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 6.1 miles away from the Dighton city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 5/23/2008, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 33.1 miles away from the city center injured 2 people and caused $3 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Dighton-area historical earthquake activity is above Kansas state average. It is 41% 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 137.6 miles away from the city 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 259.0 miles away from Dighton center
On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML) earthquake occurred 381.2 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 147.9 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 377.4 miles away from Dighton center
On 1/3/2007 at 14:34:38, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.4 MW, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 261.2 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 Lane County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Dighton topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Dighton:

  • LANE COUNTY HOME HEALTH AGENCY (243 S SECOND)
  • LANE COUNTY HOSPITAL LTCU (243 S SECOND PO BOX 969)

Airports located in Dighton:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Dighton:

  • Fort Hays State University (about 67 miles; Hays, KS; Full-time enrollment: 8,728)
  • Barton County Community College (about 95 miles; Great Bend, KS; FT enrollment: 4,108)
  • Hutchinson Community College (about 142 miles; Hutchinson, KS; FT enrollment: 4,174)
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (about 170 miles; Kearney, NE; FT enrollment: 6,047)
  • Newman University (about 178 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 2,066)
  • Friends University (about 178 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 2,024)
  • Wichita Technical Institute (about 178 miles; Wichita, KS; FT enrollment: 2,015)

Public high school in Dighton:

Public elementary/middle school in Dighton:

See full list of schools located in Dighton

Library in Dighton:

  • DIGHTON/LANE COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $91,590; Location: 144 SOUTH LANE; 20,179 books; 756 audio materials; 1,851 video materials; 30 state licensed databases; 34 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Dighton: Lane County Sheriff's Office Jail (A), Lane County Courthouse (B), Lane County Sheriff's Office (C), Lane County Rural Fire Department 1 (D), Lane County Emergency Medical Services (E), Lane County Health Department (F), Lane County Historical Museum (G), Lane County Library (H), Dighton City Hall (I), Dighton Fire Department (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Dighton include: First Baptist Church (A), First Christian Church (B), Saint Theresa Catholic Church (C), Dighton United Methodist Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotel: The Heritage Hotel (244 East Long).

Lane County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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

DIGHTON, CITY OF (Population served: 1,010, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-1995, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUL-08-2010)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 12.0%
(9.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 40.7% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 91.7% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.0 people
Kansas:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  55.7%
Whole state:  66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  4.0%
Whole state:  5.8%

No gay or lesbian households reported
3 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
19 people in nursing homes in 2000
4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

Dighton, Kansas environmental map by EPA

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Dighton 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.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Banks with branches in Dighton (2011 data):

  • The First National Bank of Dighton: The First National Bank Of Dighton at 105 East Log Street, branch established on 1888/05/02. Info updated 2010/06/01: Bank assets: $58.8 mil, Deposits: $47.0 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 1 total offices, Holding Company: Dighton National Bancshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (82%)
  • Electricity (15%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)
  • Wood (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Dighton city (based on Lane County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 78.84%
Here: 78.8%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Catholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionOther
Adherents39.8%32.4%19.7%5.5%2.6%
Congregations33.3%16.7%16.7%16.7%16.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Lane County:

5.73 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Lane County:

5.73 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.0%
Kansas:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Lane County:

29.0%
Kansas:

27.9%
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
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$6,426
Judicial and Legal 0$0 2$950
Firefighters 0$0 22$468
Streets and Highways 2$5,652$33,9120$0
Sewerage 1$2,442$29,3040$0
Water Supply 2$7,626$45,7560$0
Totals for Government 5$15,720$37,72832$7,844

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

  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $799,000 ($781.04)
    Police Protection: $165,000 ($161.29)
    Water Utilities: $161,000 ($157.38)
    General - Other: $137,000 ($133.92)
    Regular Highways: $115,000 ($112.41)
    Financial Administration: $114,000 ($111.44)
    Parks & Recreation: $69,000 ($67.45)
    Solid Waste Management: $58,000 ($56.70)
    Sewerage: $47,000 ($45.94)
    Fire Protection: $23,000 ($22.48)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $5,000 ($4.89)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,000 ($3.91)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $30,000 ($29.33)
    Fire Protection: $8,000 ($7.82)
    Water Utilities: $3,000 ($2.93)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $428,000 ($418.38)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $13,000 ($12.71)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $67,000 ($65.49)
    Sewerage: $61,000 ($59.63)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $45,000 ($43.99)
    General Revenue, NEC: $36,000 ($35.19)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $911,000 ($890.52)
    Water Utilities: $221,000 ($216.03)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $39,000 ($38.12)
    General Support: $26,000 ($25.42)
  • Tax - Property: $325,000 ($317.69)
    Total General Sales: $94,000 ($91.89)
    Public Utilities: $22,000 ($21.51)
    NEC: $6,000 ($5.87)

Dighton government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $265,000 ($259.04)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $63,000 ($61.58)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $57,000 ($55.72)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $250,000 ($244.38)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $15,000 ($14.66)
    Other, NEC: $6,000 ($5.87)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,218,000 ($1190.62)

7.11% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,294 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.11%
Kansas average:

6.43%

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


8.26% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,750 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.26%
Kansas average:

6.89%

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

Strongest AM radio stations in Dighton:

  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • KGYN (1210 AM; 50 kW; GUYMON, OK; Owner: TELNS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KGNO (1370 AM; 5 kW; DODGE CITY, KS; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KXXX (790 AM; 5 kW; COLBY, KS; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KLTT (670 AM; 50 kW; COMMERCE CITY, CO; Owner: KLZ RADIO, INC.)
  • KOA (850 AM; 50 kW; DENVER, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KKZN (760 AM; 50 kW; THORNTON, CO; Owner: JACOR BROADCASTING OF COLORADO, INC.)
  • KRMG (740 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KMXA (1090 AM; 50 kW; AURORA, CO; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KFLA (1310 AM; 1 kW; SCOTT CITY, KS; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • KBUF (1030 AM; 1 kW; HOLCOMB, KS; Owner: KBUF PARTNERSHIP)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Dighton:

  • KZRD (93.9 FM; DODGE CITY, KS; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KSKL (94.5 FM; SCOTT CITY, KS; Owner: WESTERN KANSAS WIRELESS, INC.)

Dighton fatal accident list:

Nov 22, 1991 87:99 PM, Lecord, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Dighton)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

36 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Dighton, KS)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

4
  • LANE, 11.7 Km S. Of Dighton, Ks On K-23 Hwy (Lat: 38.366972 Lon: -100.463750), Type: Tower, Structure height: 146.3 m, Overall height: 150.9 m, Call Sign: WPSE237
    Assigned Frequencies: 6615.00 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/28/2010, Expiration Date: 03/26/2021, Certifier: Edwin Geer
    Registrant: Kansas Department Of Transportation, 700 Sw Harrison, 7th Floor, Topeka, KS 66603-3754, Phone: (785) 296-3661, Fax: (785) 296-0999, Email:
  • Comp 5, 15.4 Miles Sse Of (Lat: 38.276833 Lon: -100.389167), Type: Tower, Structure height: 109.7 m, Overall height: 114.3 m, Call Sign: WQBI959
    Assigned Frequencies: 928.106 MHz, 952.106 MHz
    Grant Date: 10/18/2004, Expiration Date: 10/18/2014, Certifier: William G Carter
    Registrant: Cheyenne Plains Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C., 2 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Phone: (719) 520-4700, Fax: (719) 520-4318, Email:
  • Comp 5, 15.4 Miles Sse Of (Lat: 38.276861 Lon: -100.389167), Type: Tower, Structure height: 109.7 m, Overall height: 114.3 m, Call Sign: WQBU884
    Assigned Frequencies: 6730.62 MHz, 6805.62 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/20/2004, Expiration Date: 12/20/2014, Certifier: William G Carter
    Registrant: Cheyenne Plains Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C., 2 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Phone: (719) 520-4700, Fax: (719) 520-4318, Email:
  • Farmers Cooperative Elevator & Mercantile Assoc. (Lat: 38.485556 Lon: -100.469306), Overall height: 48.8 m, Call Sign: WLJ529, Licensee ID: L00334025
    Assigned Frequencies: 951.125 MHz, 950.875 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/06/1987, Expiration Date: 06/01/2013, Cancellation Date: 10/02/2006
    Registrant: Kanza Society, Inc., 210 N 7th St, Garden City, KS 67846-5519

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

5
  • Call Sign: KA0OHL, Licensee ID: L00272109
    Grant Date: 02/19/2008, Expiration Date: 03/03/2018, Certifier: Catherine L Waterson
    Registrant: Catherine L Waterson, 140 N Delaware, Dighton, KS 67839-0157
  • Call Sign: KA0OHM, Licensee ID: L00931968
    Grant Date: 10/22/2004, Expiration Date: 11/02/2014, Certifier: Delmar G Waterson
    Registrant: Delmar G Waterson, Dighton, KS 67839
  • Call Sign: N0WNO, Licensee ID: L00622599
    Grant Date: 03/18/2013, Expiration Date: 05/04/2023, Certifier: Jeffery S Coleman
    Registrant: Jeffery S Coleman, Dighton, KS 67839-0371
  • Call Sign: W0HFG, Previous Call Sign: WA0HFG, Licensee ID: L00177689
    Grant Date: 12/04/2008, Expiration Date: 02/26/2019
    Registrant: James F Fox, 225 S 2nd Box 802, Dighton, KS 67839-0802
  • Call Sign: WB0ZWX, Licensee ID: L01095558
    Grant Date: 12/17/2005, Expiration Date: 01/16/2016
    Registrant: Delmer F Dunham, Box 926, Dighton, KS 67839


FAA Registered Aircraft:

8 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Dighton)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 29
  • Hazardous Condition: 1

Incident types - Dighton

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Dighton, KS
Most common first names in Dighton, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1582.8 years
William1373.7 years
Mary1385.4 years
James1274.7 years
Alice1183.6 years
Charles877.7 years
Robert864.9 years
Edna883.0 years
Marie881.4 years
Clarence880.8 years
Most common last names in Dighton, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Shull1068.3 years
Martin975.9 years
Schmalzried980.3 years
Smith979.8 years
Sharp875.7 years
Mumma783.3 years
Hineman781.9 years
Williams783.5 years
Mcwhirter780.0 years
Thomas769.4 years

Businesses in Dighton, KS

  • Kroger: 1
  • True Value: 1

Dighton on our top lists:

  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest average wind speeds"
  • #83 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Warehousing and storage"
  • #86 on the list of "Top 100 cities with declining populations from 2000 to 2008"
  • #78 (67839) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of New Zealander first ancestries (pop 1,000+)"
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