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. 2013 cost of living index in Barber County: 80.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (72.3%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (10.7%), Educational, health and social services (10.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 59%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 41%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Barber County, Kansas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
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 2013: $45,597 ($33,407 in 1999)

This county:

$45597
Kansas:

$50972

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $368 (lower quartile is $290, upper quartile is $492)
This county:

$368
State:

$569


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $62,527 (it was $33,500 in 2000)
Barber:

$62,527
Kansas:

$129,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $34,312 - $103,754
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $906
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $351

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:

  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $80,000
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $75,000
  • 2009: 0 buildings

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,009 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $620 (1.3%)

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 2013: 10.6%
(9.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.2% for Black residents, 29.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 40.0% for American Indian residents, 68.4% for other race residents, 16.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 10.8%
Barber County:

10.8%
Kansas:

14.0%
(9.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.2% for Black residents, 29.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 26.7% for American Indian residents, 65.6% for other race residents, 14.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 46 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 41 years old, American Indian residents: 39 years old, Asian residents: 59 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 41 years old, Other race residents: 12 years old)

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

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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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.2%
Kansas:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 4
  • 1990 to 1994: 3
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 5
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 4
  • 1965 to 1969: 6

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

65.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Barber County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,06511
Mainline Protestant1,0258
Catholic9713
Other2-
None1,798-
Barber County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Barber County:

10.46 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

2.09 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Barber County:

8.37 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

14.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Barber County:

9.5%
Kansas:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Barber County:

29.2%
State:

27.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 significantly below Kansas state average. It is 4327957.5 times below 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 near Kansas state average. It is 63% 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 128.0 miles away from Barber County 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 25.8 miles away from the county center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 316.0 miles away from the county center
On 9/6/1997 at 23:38:00, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 214.2 miles away from the county center
On 4/28/1998 at 14:13:01, a magnitude 4.2 (3.9 MB, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 169.6 miles away from Barber County center
On 1/18/1995 at 15:51:39, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 178.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

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 in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Mexico (42%)
  • Austria (17%)
  • Germany (17%)
  • Canada (17%)
  • Korea (8%)

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

  • German (38%)
  • United States or American (16%)
  • English (13%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

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 2010 was $48,974.

5.23% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,510 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.23%
Kansas average:

6.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.72% relocated from other counties in Kansas ($21,939 average AGI)
2.51% relocated from other states ($12,571 average AGI)
Barber County:

2.51%
Kansas average:

3.18%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Woods County, OK  0.69% ($23,308 average AGI)
from Sedgwick County, KS  0.64% ($48,000)
from Pratt County, KS  0.53% ($54,100)


5.89% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,919 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.89%
Kansas average:

6.89%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.66% relocated to other counties in Kansas ($19,252 average AGI)
2.23% relocated to other states ($12,667 average AGI)
Barber County:

2.23%
Kansas average:

3.65%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Pratt County, KS  0.95% ($31,778 average AGI)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 13.0

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.

1,057 married couples with children.
199 single-parent households (45 men, 154 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 14
  • 2000 to 2004: 84
  • 1990 to 1999: 153
  • 1980 to 1989: 180
  • 1970 to 1979: 422
  • 1960 to 1969: 293
  • 1950 to 1959: 496
  • 1940 to 1949: 261
  • 1939 or earlier: 863
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Barber County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $1,022,000
    General - Other: $956,000
    Health Services - Other: $675,000
    Central Staff Services: $389,000
    Police Protection: $266,000
    General Public Buildings: $205,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $172,000
    Solid Waste Management: $157,000
    Financial Administration: $113,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $48,000
    Fire Protection: $44,000
    Parks & Recreation: $4,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $16,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $242,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $241,000
    General Public Building: $93,000
    General - Other: $72,000
    Fire Protection: $34,000
    Natural Resource - Other: $8,000
    Central Staff: $4,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,590,000

Barber County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $345,000
    Solid Waste Management: $150,000
    Hospital Public: $97,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $455,000
    Interest Earnings: $119,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $99,000
    All Other: $2,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,800,000
    Total General Sales: $523,000
    NEC: $124,000
    Public Utilities: $32,000
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $0

Barber County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $450,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $400,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $50,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $255,000
    Beginning: $180,000

Barber County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $961,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $3,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Barber County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Barber County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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
Alco Stores1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet2Subway1
Lane Furniture1U-Haul1
MasterBrand Cabinets1UPS1

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