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Barber County, Kansas (KS)


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County population in 2012: 4,861 (all rural); it was 5,307 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 669
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 935
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,684
Renter-occupied apartments: 535 (it was 551 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

32%

Land area: 1134 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 4 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Barber County: 79.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (25.6%), Educational,health and social services (23.0%), Retail trade (10.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 68%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 17%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Barber County, Kansas:


Median resident age:  45.0 years
Kansas median age:  36.0 years

Males: 2,451  (52.4%)
Females: 2,410  (47.6%)

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Barber County,KS real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Barber County:

2.0 people
Kansas:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $39,322 ($33,407 in 1999)
This county:

$39322
Kansas:

$47817

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $313 (lower quartile is $247, upper quartile is $400)
This county:

$313
State:

$515


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $55,495 (it was $33,500 in 2000)
Barber County:

$55,495
Kansas:

$125,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $29,069 - $91,253

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $97,067
Here:

$97,067
State:

$156,894

Townhouses or other attached units: $169,382
Here:

$169,382
State:

$149,604

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $957,942
Here:

$957,942
State:

$136,758

Mobile homes: $43,262
Here:

$43,262
State:

$34,057

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $92,306
Here:

$92,306
State:

$58,726
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,001
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $255

Institutionalized population: 36

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Barber County, KS map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $922 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $416 (1.0%)


Barber County household income distribution in 2009 Barber County home values distribution


Barber County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 12.0%
(12.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 5.0% for Black residents, 11.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 15.4% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 17.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 45 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 25 years old, American Indian residents: 39 years old, Asian residents: 25 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

10.1%
Whole state:

9.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

3.9%
Whole state:

4.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Barber County is $381 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $497 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $647 a month.

Cities in this county include: Medicine Lodge, Kiowa, Sharon, Hardtner, Hazelton, Isabel, Sun City.

Barber County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Click to draw/clear Barber County borders

Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Barber County: Medicine Lodge Golf Course (A), Medicine Lodge Water Treatment Facility (B), Kiowa Wastewater Plant (C), Isabel Wastewater Treatment Facility (D), Hazelton Wastewater Treatment Facility (E), Sharon Wastewater Plant (F), Barber County Fairgrounds (G), Flat Ridge Wind Farm (H), Barber County Landfill (I), Hardtner Wastewater Treatment Plant (J), Kansas Highway Patrol Troop F - Barber (K), KSNS - FM (Medicine Lodge) (L), KREJ - FM (Medicine Lodge) (M), Lake City Volunteer Fire Department (N), Union Chapel Fire Station (O), Deer Head Volunteer Fire Station (P), Aetna Volunteer Fire Department (Q), Barber County Rural Fire Department Station 1 (R). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Barber County include: Union Church (A), Bethel Church (B), Community Bible Fellowship (C), First Assembly of God Church (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Chinn Cemetery (1), Sunnyside Cemetery (2), Isabel Cemetery (3), Highland Cemetery (4), Saint Boniface Cemetery (5), Burgess Cemetery (6), Lodi Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Spicer Lake (A), Harqis Lake (B), Cook Lake (C), Lake Arrowshead (D), Barber County State Lake (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Cave Creek (A), Big Sandy Creek (B), Mule Creek (C), Spring Creek (D), East Branch Little Sandy Creek (E), Brush Creek (F), Wilson Slough (G), Antelope Creek (H), Cedar Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Barber County include: Barber State Fishing Lake (1), Barber State Fishing Lake and Wildlife Area (2), Memorial Peace Park (3), Achembach Memorial Park (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Alfalfa County, Oklahoma , Comanche County , Harper County , Kingman County , Kiowa County , Pratt County , Woods County, Oklahoma .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 112
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 85.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 21.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 24 (42% naturalized citizens)

Barber County:

0.5%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 85.9%

Barber County marital status for males
Barber County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Barber County with a mortgage: 523 (12 second mortgage, 16 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 804

Here:

39.4% with mortgage
State:

65.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 74.20%
Here74.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 3,938
Total congregations: 23

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristUnited Church of ChristSouthern Baptist Convention
Adherents1,149 (29.2%)1,012 (25.7%)926 (23.5%)238 (6.0%)191 (4.9%)
Congregations5 (21.7%)3 (13.0%)4 (17.4%)2 (8.7%)1 (4.3%)
NameLutheran Church Inc. Apostolic Christian Church of AmericaAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAAssemblies of GodOther
Adherents147 (3.7%)76 (1.9%)61 (1.5%)48 (1.2%)90 (2.3%)
Congregations1 (4.3%)1 (4.3%)1 (4.3%)1 (4.3%)4 (17.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Barber County - Medicine Lodge, Kiowa, Sharon, Hardtner, Hazelton

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

10.46 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Barber County:

2.09 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
This county:

8.37 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Barber County:

14.65 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.5%
Kansas:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.2%
Kansas:

27.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Barber County:

11.9%
State:

13.4%


Agriculture in Barber County:

Average size of farms: 1480 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $105,816
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $88.40
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 70.42%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $99,033
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 23.93%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.65%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $88,065
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.96%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.37
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.50%
Corn for grain: 4017 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 122431 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 1296 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 3611 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Barber County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Kansas state average. It is 1.4 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 5 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 8/1/1986, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 3 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Barber County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Kansas state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/15/1995 at 00:31:33, a magnitude 4.1 (3.8 LG, 4.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 25.8 miles away from the county center
On 10/30/1998 at 17:41:22, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 61.2 miles away from the county center
On 1/14/1993 at 17:06:10, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 46.9 miles away from the county center
On 10/25/1999 at 23:19:58, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 16.2 mi) earthquake occurred 65.8 miles away from Barber County center
On 4/29/1994 at 03:28:58, a magnitude 3.0 (2.8 LG, 3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 72.8 miles away from the county center
On 1/24/1991 at 05:00:26, a magnitude 3.0 (2.9 LG, 3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 91.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Barber County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (10%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (10%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (7%)
  • Truck transportation (7%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Health care (22%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (15%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Material moving workers except laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Barber County (%):





Barber County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,964 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 235 (9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 17 (1%)
  • Motorcycle: 8 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 10 (0%)
  • Walked: 119 (5%)
  • Other means: 30 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 130 (5%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


65 people in nursing homes
36 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
4 people in residential treatment centers for adults

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $38,656.

6.29% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,720 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.29%
Kansas average:

7.39%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.63% relocated from other counties in Kansas ($20,890 average AGI)
2.67% relocated from other states ($11,831 average AGI)
Barber County:

2.67%
Kansas average:

3.56%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Pratt County, KS  0.53% ($39,200 average AGI)


5.39% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,650 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.39%
Kansas average:

7.67%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.80% relocated to other counties in Kansas ($19,680 average AGI)
2.58% relocated to other states ($13,970 average AGI)
Barber County:

2.58%
Kansas average:

3.95%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Sedgwick County, KS  0.81% ($45,000 average AGI)
to Pratt County, KS  0.70% ($38,692)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.1

Births per 1000 population in Barber County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Barber County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Barber County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,236 (1,097 aged, 139 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 40.01
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 12962.59
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1780.360
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 36367.27

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 988.3
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1936.260
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 40.34

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 37.44
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 60.51

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 20.17

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,821

Size of family households: 745 2-persons, 273 3-persons, 198 4-persons, 80 5-persons, 39 6-persons, 25 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 689 1-person, 78 2-persons, 8 3-persons, 3 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

97.0% of residents of Barber County speak English at home.
2.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (62% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 22% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (93% speak English very well, 7% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $37,701,000 ($7542 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $404,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $16,417,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,903,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,867,000
Federal grants: $4,519,000
Federal procurement contracts: $469,000 ($110,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,527,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $456,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $408,000
Federal Government insurance: $11,830,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 207
Here:

42 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 335
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +2
Here:

+0 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -213
Here -43 per 1000 residents
State -21 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Barber County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.93 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Barber County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 10
  • 3 rooms: 36
  • 4 rooms: 173
  • 5 rooms: 346
  • 6 rooms: 442
  • 7 rooms: 282
  • 8 rooms: 176
  • 9+ rooms: 219
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 20
  • 3 rooms: 66
  • 4 rooms: 147
  • 5 rooms: 91
  • 6 rooms: 94
  • 7 rooms: 63
  • 8 rooms: 29
  • 9+ rooms: 41
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Barber County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 43
  • 2 bedrooms: 516
  • 3 bedrooms: 718
  • 4 bedrooms: 316
  • 5+ bedrooms: 89
  • no bedroom: 6
  • 1 bedroom: 89
  • 2 bedrooms: 207
  • 3 bedrooms: 160
  • 4 bedrooms: 67
  • 5+ bedrooms: 22
Cars and other vehicles available in Barber County, Kansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 43
  • 1 vehicle: 489
  • 2 vehicles: 676
  • 3 vehicles: 312
  • 4 vehicles: 106
  • 5+ vehicles: 58
  • no vehicle: 52
  • 1 vehicle: 240
  • 2 vehicles: 163
  • 3 vehicles: 75
  • 4 vehicles: 16
  • 5+ vehicles: 5

66% of Barber County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 54% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 61% lived in Kansas.

Barber County:

65.9%
State average:

53.5%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $9,999


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Barber County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (78.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.5%)
  • Electricity (6.6%)
  • Wood (1.0%)
  • Utility gas (67.7%)
  • Electricity (16.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.2%)
  • Wood (1.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 24
Here:

3.9%
Kansas:

11.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 30
Here:

7.4%
Kansas:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 11
Here:

12.4%
Kansas:

13.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Barber County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Barber County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Barber County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Barber County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Barber County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Barber County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Barber County, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary5582.4 years
John5179.5 years
William4780.1 years
James4273.3 years
George3579.7 years
Robert3276.4 years
Charles2976.9 years
Helen1982.3 years
Clarence1978.3 years
Mildred1978.0 years
Most common last names in Barber County, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith3278.5 years
Miller2677.3 years
Johnson2074.7 years
Warren1982.5 years
Brown1880.4 years
Williams1575.9 years
Ricke1475.4 years
Parker1477.3 years
Wilson1480.0 years
Jones1376.3 years
Businesses in Barber County, KS
NameCountNameCount
Lane Furniture1Subway1
MasterBrand Cabinets1U-Haul1
Pizza Hut1UPS1
Browse common businesses in Barber County, KS


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