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Brown County, Kansas (KS)


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County population in 2012: 9,881 (32% urban, 68% rural); it was 10,724 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,487
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,430
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,080
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,177 (it was 1,238 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

32%

Land area: 571 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.5 sq. mi.
Population density: 18 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Brown County: 80.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (27.8%), Manufacturing (14.1%), Retail trade (11.1%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (10.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 70%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 10%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Brown County, Kansas:


Median resident age:  41.0 years
Kansas median age:  36.0 years

Males: 4,867  (51.9%)
Females: 5,117  (48.1%)

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Brown County,KS real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Brown County:

2.0 people
Kansas:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $37,631 ($31,971 in 1999)
This county:

$37631
Kansas:

$47817

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $312 (lower quartile is $219, upper quartile is $400)
This county:

$312
State:

$515


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $75,724 (it was $54,600 in 2000)
Brown County:

$75,724
Kansas:

$125,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $43,968 - $120,437

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $116,078
Here:

$116,078
State:

$156,894

Townhouses or other attached units: $13,819
Here:

$13,819
State:

$149,604

Mobile homes: $38,410
Here:

$38,410
State:

$34,057
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,050
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $285

Institutionalized population: 47

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):


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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $807 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $724 (1.1%)


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


Brown County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 16.1%
(12.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.0% for Black residents, 51.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 33.6% for American Indian residents, 50.0% for other race residents, 22.7% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 41 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 44 years old, American Indian residents: 26 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)

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

12.9%
Whole state:

9.9%

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

4.4%
Whole state:

4.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Brown County is $434 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $532 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $775 a month.

Cities in this county include: Hiawatha, Horton, Everest, Morrill, Fairview, Robinson, Kickapoo Tribal Center, Kickapoo Site 1, Reserve, Powhattan.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Brown County: Sycamore Springs Recreational Vehicle Resort (A), Mulberry Creek Resort Recreational Vehicle Park (B), Fairview Wastewater Treatment Facility (C), Morrill Wastewater Treatment Facility (D), Hiawatha Wastewater Plant Number 3 (E), Mission Lake Camp (F), Kansas Department of Transportation Brown County Rest Area (G), Powhattan Wastewater Plant (H), Everest Sewer Treatment Plant (I), Robinson Wastewater Treatment Plant (J), Hiawatha City of North (K), Willis Wastewater Plant (L), Lakeview Country Club (M), Agricultural Partners Co - Operative Grain Elevator Number 4 (N), Agricultural Partners Co - Operative Grain Elevator Number 1 (O), Iowa Tribal Police Department (P), Sac and Fox Tribal Police Department (Q), Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Fire Department (R). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Brown County include: Fidelity Church (A), Hiawatha Mennonite Church (B), Immanuel Lutheran Church (C), Pleasant Hill Church (D), Zion United Methodist Church (E), American Church (F), Upper Wolf Lutheran Church (G), Kickapoo Indian Church (H), Zion Lutheran Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Pleasant Hill Cemetery (1), Upper Wolf Lutheran Cemetery (2), Comet Cemetery (3), Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery (4), Saint Leo's Catholic Cemetery (5), Morrill Cemetery (6), Hiawatha Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Lake Hiawatha (A), Mission Lake (B), Brown County State Lake (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Spring Branch (A), Euchre Creek (B), Pedee Creek (C), Terrapin Creek (D), Mulberry Creek (E), Spring Creek (F), Lost Shirt Creek (G), Hazel Creek (H), Middle Fork Wolf River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

 

Neighboring counties: Atchison County , Doniphan County , Jackson County , Nemaha County , Richardson County, Nebraska .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 349
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 19.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 135 (56% naturalized citizens)

Brown County:

1.3%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 73.1%

Brown County marital status for males
Brown County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Brown County with a mortgage: 1,067 (54 second mortgage, 59 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,237

Here:

46.3% with mortgage
State:

65.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 59.75%
Here59.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,408
Total congregations: 34

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USALutheran ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Adherents1,767 (27.6%)1,400 (21.8%)946 (14.8%)603 (9.4%)458 (7.1%)
Congregations8 (23.5%)3 (8.8%)4 (11.8%)4 (11.8%)3 (8.8%)
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristChristian Churches and Churches of ChristPresbyterian Church (USA)Other
Adherents354 (5.5%)298 (4.7%)233 (3.6%)101 (1.6%)248 (3.9%)
Congregations2 (5.9%)2 (5.9%)2 (5.9%)1 (2.9%)5 (14.7%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Brown County - Hiawatha, Horton, Everest, Morrill, Fairview

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
This county:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Brown County:

10.95 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.8%
Kansas:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.8%
Kansas:

27.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Brown County:

9.9%
State:

13.4%


Agriculture in Brown County:

Average size of farms: 548 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $89,091
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $138.25
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 40.69%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $92,173
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 69.72%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.27%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $103,259
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.29%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 8.43
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.69%
Corn for grain: 96578 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 6457 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 102675 harvested acres
Vegetables: 4 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 8 acres

Tornado activity:

Brown County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Kansas state average. It is 5.1 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 17 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/5/1950, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 12 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Brown County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Kansas state average. It is 94% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 56.7 miles away from the county center
On 3/23/2007 at 08:15:49, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 26.9 miles away from the county center
On 2/11/1995 at 05:54:10, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 57.7 miles away from the county center
On 5/13/1999 at 14:18:22, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 67.5 miles away from Brown County center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Brown County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (7%)
  • Truck transportation (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Machinery (6%)
  • Health care (19%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (10%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)

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




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





Brown County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,935 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 479 (10%)
  • Walked: 134 (3%)
  • Other means: 38 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 297 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Brown County, Kansas in 2000:

People in group quarters in Brown County, Kansas in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $37,810.

5.90% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,456 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.90%
Kansas average:

7.39%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.63% relocated from other counties in Kansas ($17,283 average AGI)
2.27% relocated from other states ($9,173 average AGI)
Brown County:

2.27%
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 Nemaha County, KS  0.78% ($29,533 average AGI)
from Atchison County, KS  0.44% ($18,941)
from Doniphan County, KS  0.42% ($27,500)
from Jackson County, KS  0.34% ($27,154)


7.09% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,044 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.09%
Kansas average:

7.67%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.49% relocated to other counties in Kansas ($18,876 average AGI)
2.60% relocated to other states ($9,171 average AGI)
Brown County:

2.60%
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 Shawnee County, KS  0.70% ($32,259 average AGI)
to Atchison County, KS  0.57% ($22,364)
to Nemaha County, KS  0.57% ($25,864)
to Jackson County, KS  0.39% ($26,800)
to Doniphan County, KS  0.36% ($33,429)
to Johnson County, KS  0.34% ($41,385)
to Riley County, KS  0.31% ($28,250)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.3

Births per 1000 population in Brown County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Brown County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Brown County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,190 (1,928 aged, 262 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 19.3
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 13491.6
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 482.530
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 46535.42

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1162.220
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1533.350
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 29.3

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 27.1
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 48.83

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,868

Size of family households: 1,380 2-persons, 524 3-persons, 435 4-persons, 257 5-persons, 100 6-persons, 42 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,184 1-person, 144 2-persons, 16 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

95.7% of residents of Brown County speak English at home.
1.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (79% speak English very well, 21% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (34% speak English very well, 45% speak English well, 20% speak English not well).
1.2% of residents speak other language at home (85% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $91,829,000 ($8862 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $9,022,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $30,517,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $16,178,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $14,854,000
Federal grants: $18,514,000
Federal procurement contracts: $745,000 ($15,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $11,019,000 ($7,677,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $254,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,912,000
Federal Government insurance: $39,546,000

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

Births: 711
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 713
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +44
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -514
Here -50 per 1000 residents
State -21 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Brown County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.28 millions of gallons per day (55% from ground, 45% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Brown County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 7
  • 3 rooms: 57
  • 4 rooms: 239
  • 5 rooms: 747
  • 6 rooms: 778
  • 7 rooms: 488
  • 8 rooms: 397
  • 9+ rooms: 367
  • 1 room: 12
  • 2 rooms: 42
  • 3 rooms: 238
  • 4 rooms: 268
  • 5 rooms: 243
  • 6 rooms: 161
  • 7 rooms: 117
  • 8 rooms: 96
  • 9+ rooms: 61
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Brown County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 87
  • 2 bedrooms: 776
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,468
  • 4 bedrooms: 591
  • 5+ bedrooms: 158
  • no bedroom: 21
  • 1 bedroom: 296
  • 2 bedrooms: 472
  • 3 bedrooms: 299
  • 4 bedrooms: 103
  • 5+ bedrooms: 47
Cars and other vehicles available in Brown County, Kansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 114
  • 1 vehicle: 786
  • 2 vehicles: 1,345
  • 3 vehicles: 621
  • 4 vehicles: 159
  • 5+ vehicles: 55
  • no vehicle: 175
  • 1 vehicle: 595
  • 2 vehicles: 316
  • 3 vehicles: 125
  • 4 vehicles: 17
  • 5+ vehicles: 10

62% of Brown County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 53% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 49% lived in Kansas.

Brown County:

61.9%
State average:

53.5%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $20,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Brown County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (65.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (27.1%)
  • Electricity (4.4%)
  • Wood (1.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.0%)
  • Utility gas (61.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (24.1%)
  • Electricity (12.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.1%)
  • Wood (1.0%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 36
Here:

2.8%
Kansas:

11.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 26
Here:

3.6%
Kansas:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 31
Here:

10.2%
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

Brown County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Brown County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Brown County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Brown County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Brown County, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary11982.4 years
John11478.1 years
Charles10079.5 years
William9680.6 years
Robert7273.8 years
George6779.7 years
Anna6085.6 years
Helen5981.7 years
Ruth4979.7 years
Harold4777.1 years
Most common last names in Brown County, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith5579.2 years
Moore3578.7 years
Schuetz3178.5 years
Jones3078.4 years
Meyer2679.1 years
Bruning2680.8 years
Miller2581.3 years
Wilson2277.0 years
Torkelson2284.1 years
Thompson2179.3 years
Businesses in Brown County, KS
NameCountNameCount
FedEx1RadioShack1
H&R Block1SONIC Drive-In1
McDonald's1U-Haul1
Pizza Hut1Walmart1
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