Gem, Kansas

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Population in 2013: 89 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -7.3%
 
Males: 43  (49.4%)
Females: 46  (50.6%)
Median resident age:  36.5 years
Kansas median age:  36.0 years

Zip code: 67734

Estimated median household income in 2013: $48,408 (it was $38,500 in 2000)
Gem:

$48,408
KS:

$50,972

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $21,228 (it was $16,805 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $53,032 (it was $27,100 in 2000)
Gem:

$53,032
KS:

$129,700

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $74,773; Detached houses: $79,247; Mobile homes: $38,943

Median gross rent in 2013: $352.

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Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Gem: 80.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (29.2%), English (24.5%), Irish (20.8%), United States (15.1%), French (1.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 3090 feet

Land area: 0.33 square miles.

Population density: 273 people per square mile   (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Gem:

  • High school or higher: 98.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 22.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Gem city:

  • Never married: 20.4%
  • Now married: 56.2%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 20.2%
  • Divorced: 3.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $911 (1.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $355 (0.6%)

Gem satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: South Aurora, CO (209.2 miles , pop. 297,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (512.5 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities: Colby, KS (2.9 miles ), Rexford, KS (3.0 miles) , Menlo, KS (3.2 miles) , Levant, KS (4.0 miles) , Selden, KS (4.4 miles ), Oakley, KS (4.6 miles ), Hoxie, KS (5.0 miles ), Grinnell, KS (5.0 miles ).

Latitude: 39.43 N, Longitude: 100.90 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 785

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Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

3.2%
Kansas:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -8 (-7.7%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (37%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (7%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (43%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (7%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Utilities (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (19%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (11%)
  • Transportation occupations (11%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (71%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (0%)

Average climate in Gem, Kansas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Gem-area historical tornado activity is below Kansas state average. It is 21% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/14/1970, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 20.4 miles away from the Gem city center injured 5 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/23/2008, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 46.7 miles away from the city center injured 2 people and caused $3 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Gem-area historical earthquake activity is above Kansas state average. It is 36% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/18/1984 at 15:30:23, a magnitude 5.5 (5.4 MB, 5.1 MS, 5.5 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 319.0 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) earthquake occurred 272.6 miles away from Gem center
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 202.7 miles away from the city 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 271.6 miles away from the city center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 256.4 miles away from Gem 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 81.6 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 Thomas County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Gem:

  • L AND C HOME HEALTH AGENCY INC (Home Health Center, about 9 miles away; COLBY, KS)
  • DESERET HEALTH AND REHAB AT COLBY LLC (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; COLBY, KS)
  • LANTERN PARK MANOR (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; COLBY, KS)
  • CITIZENS MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 9 miles away; COLBY, KS)
  • CITIZENS MEDICAL CENTER LTCU (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; COLBY, KS)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Gem:

  • Fort Hays State University (about 92 miles; Hays, KS; Full-time enrollment: 8,728)
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (about 130 miles; Kearney, NE; FT enrollment: 6,047)
  • Barton County Community College (about 137 miles; Great Bend, KS; FT enrollment: 4,108)
  • Central Community College (about 168 miles; Grand Island, NE; FT enrollment: 4,159)
  • Hutchinson Community College (about 187 miles; Hutchinson, KS; FT enrollment: 4,174)
  • Community College of Aurora (about 210 miles; Aurora, CO; FT enrollment: 4,730)
  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (about 213 miles; Colorado Springs, CO; FT enrollment: 8,700)

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Notable locations in Gem: Hi-Plains Co - Operative Association Grain Elevator Number 1 (A), Gem Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Thomas 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 2013: 6.0%
(6.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.4 people
Kansas:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  72.2%
Whole state:  66.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  5.6%
Whole state:  5.8%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Gem 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 above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

7.0
Kansas average:

11.3

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (86%)
  • Electricity (11%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Gem city (based on Thomas County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,6217
Catholic1,3941
Evangelical Protestant1,0349
Other1362
None3,715-
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 grocery stores: 2
Thomas County:

2.72 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Thomas County:

5.45 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Here:

10.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

8.4%
Kansas:

8.1%
Adult obesity rate:
Thomas County:

29.2%
Kansas:

27.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

9.2%
State:

13.4%
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 3$300
Other and Unallocable 0$0 3$224
Totals for Government 0$0 6$524

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

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $14,000 ($157.30)
    Financial Administration: $8,000 ($89.89)
    Fire Protection: $1,000 ($11.24)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $13,000 ($146.07)

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

  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $8,000 ($89.89)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $6,000 ($67.42)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,000 ($33.71)
    General Support: $1,000 ($11.24)
  • Tax - Property: $4,000 ($44.94)
    Public Utilities: $1,000 ($11.24)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $111,000 ($1247.19)

7.72% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,393 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.72%
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 Sherman County, KS  0.76% ($24,652 average AGI)
from Logan County, KS  0.40% ($23,667)
from Rawlins County, KS  0.33% ($17,400)


8.77% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,498 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.77%
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  0.75% ($21,652 average AGI)
to Logan County, KS  0.46% ($23,929)
to El Paso County, CO  0.33% ($26,500)

Strongest AM radio stations in Gem:

  • KXXX (790 AM; 5 kW; COLBY, KS; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KRVN (880 AM; 50 kW; LEXINGTON, NE; Owner: NEBRASKA RURAL RADIO ASSOCIATION)
  • 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.)
  • KBRL (1300 AM; 5 kW; MCCOOK, NE; Owner: MCCOOK RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • KMXA (1090 AM; 50 kW; AURORA, CO; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KGYN (1210 AM; 50 kW; GUYMON, OK; Owner: TELNS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KIMB (1260 AM; 50 kW; KIMBALL, NE; Owner: G & L INVESTMENTS, LLC)
  • KSIR (1010 AM; 25 kW; BRUSH, CO; Owner: JMS BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KLOE (730 AM; 1 kW; GOODLAND, KS; Owner: MELIA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Gem:

  • KQLS (100.3 FM; COLBY, KS; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KTCC (91.9 FM; COLBY, KS; Owner: COLBY COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • KKCI (102.5 FM; GOODLAND, KS; Owner: MELIA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KWGB (97.9 FM; COLBY, KS; Owner: MELIA COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • KGCR (107.7 FM; GOODLAND, KS; Owner: THE PRAISE NETWORK, INC)

TV broadcast stations around Gem:

  • KLBY (Channel 4; COLBY, KS; Owner: GRAY MIDAMERICA TV LICENSEE CORP.)
  • KBSL-TV (Channel 10; GOODLAND, KS; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • K15CG (Channel 15; OAKLEY, KS; Owner: SMOKY HILLS PUBLIC TELEVISION)
  • KSNK (Channel 8; McCOOK, NE; Owner: EMMIS TELEVISION LICENSE CORPORATION OF WICHITA)
  • K69DB (Channel 69; HOXIE, ETC., KS; Owner: SHERIDAN CNTY, KANSAS)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 5 Mi N & 1 Mi E (Lat: 39.486111 Lon: -100.892083), Call Sign: KWV317, Licensee ID: L00030862
    Assigned Frequencies: 49.5200 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/11/1999, Expiration Date: 01/09/2004, Cancellation Date: 03/14/2004
    Registrant: Kenneth F Poland, Box 43, Gem, KS 67734

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: KA0FBQ, Licensee ID: L00048130
    Grant Date: 04/11/2013, Expiration Date: 06/15/2023
    Registrant: John D Flanagin, 315 Oak St., Gem, KS 67734-3404

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 1
  • Good Intent Call: 1
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