Chautauqua County, Kansas (KS)

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County population in 2012: 3,571 (all rural); it was 4,359 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 499
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 747
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,469
Renter-occupied apartments: 366 (it was 327 in 2000)
% of renters here:

18%
State:

32%

Land area: 642 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 6 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Chautauqua County: 80.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (30.4%), Public administration (18.5%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (17.4%), Educational, health and social services (16.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 43%
  • Government: 13%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 40%
  • Unpaid family work: 5%
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Races in Chautauqua County, Kansas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (89.7%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (4.0%)
  • Two or more races (3.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.4%)
Median resident age:  48.0 years
Kansas median age:  36.0 years
Males: 1,861  (57.4%)
Females: 1,808  (42.6%)
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Chautauqua County,KS real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Chautauqua County:

2.0 people
Kansas:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $39,251 ($28,717 in 1999)

This county:

$39251
Kansas:

$50972

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $352 (lower quartile is $271, upper quartile is $438)
This county:

$352
State:

$569


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $46,971 (it was $34,100 in 2000)
Chautauqua:

$46,971
Kansas:

$129,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $27,847 - $108,946
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $839
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $387

Institutionalized population: 70

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):

Chautauqua County, KS map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $987 (2.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $879 (2.0%)

Chautauqua County household income distribution in 2009 Chautauqua County home values distribution Chautauqua County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.2%
(14.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 16.0% for American Indian residents, 76.9% for other race residents, 19.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.5%
Chautauqua County:

15.5%
Kansas:

14.0%
(14.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 49.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 11.6% for American Indian residents, 76.2% for other race residents, 15.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 48 years old
(Males: 46 years old, Females: 51 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49 years old, Black residents: 19 years old, American Indian residents: 27 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 31 years old, Other race residents: 30 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Chautauqua County is $400 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $497 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $640 a month.

Cities in this county include: Sedan, Cedar Vale, Peru, Niotaze, Chautauqua, Elgin.

Chautauqua 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 Chautauqua County: Peru Wastewater Plant (A), Chautauqua County Fairgrounds (B), Chautauqua Wastewater Plant (C), Sedan Wastewater Treatment Facility (D), Mantansas (E), Quivira Camp (F), Spring Creek (G), McCoy Ranch (H), Sedan Country Club (I), Belknap Senior Center (J), Chautauqua County Rural Fire District 6 (K), Center Township Rural Fire Department (L). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Chautauqua County include: Round Mound Church (A), Union Chapel (B), Lone Cherry Church (C), Belknap Church (D), Wauneta United Methodist Church (E), Church of Christ (F), Sedan Seventh Day Adventist Church (G), Frontier Christian Fellowship (H), Bethel Chapel (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Ozro Cemetery (1), Wilson Cemetery (2), De Bask Cemetery (3), Elgin Cemetery (4), Moore Prairie Cemetery (5), Rose Dale Cemetery (6), Fairview Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Niotaze Lake (A), Sedan City Lake (B), Tanglewood Lake (C), Bee Creek Lake (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Dry Creek (A), Shanghai Creek (B), Spring Branch (C), Grant Creek (D), Cedar Creek (E), Sycamore Creek (F), Buzzard Creek (G), Davis Creek (H), Lake Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Chautauqua County: Hulah Wildlife Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Cowley County , Elk County , Osage County, Oklahoma , Montgomery County , Washington County, Oklahoma .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.7%
Kansas:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 124
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 12.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 35 (46% naturalized citizens)

Chautauqua County:

0.8%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 8
  • 1990 to 1994: 7
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 4
  • 1975 to 1979: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 12

Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 65.4%

Chautauqua County marital status for males Chautauqua County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Chautauqua County with a mortgage: 263 (8 second mortgage, 5 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 557

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

65.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Chautauqua County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,1139
Evangelical Protestant5388
Catholic301
None1,988-
Chautauqua 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: 1
Chautauqua County:

2.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 3
Chautauqua County:

7.90 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

18.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Chautauqua County:

10.1%
Kansas:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Chautauqua County:

28.8%
State:

27.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

19.7%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Chautauqua County:

Average size of farms: 1052 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $81,950
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $251.53
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 76.23%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $68,380
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 7.36%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $55,255
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.37%
Average age of principal farm operators: 60 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 13.97
Corn for grain: 1489 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 5043 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 5118 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 284 acres

Tornado activity:

Chautauqua County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Kansas state average. It is 12772361.3 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Chautauqua County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Kansas state average. It is 70% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/6/1997 at 23:38:00, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 170.5 miles away from Chautauqua 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 135.7 miles away from the county center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 262.6 miles away from the county center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 263.2 miles away from the county center
On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 249.5 miles away from Chautauqua 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 178.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Chautauqua 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 (20%)
  • France (17%)
  • Germany (17%)
  • India (9%)
  • Cuba (9%)
  • El Salvador (9%)
  • Australia (6%)

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

  • United States or American (23%)
  • German (19%)
  • English (14%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • French (except Basque) (5%)
  • Scotch-Irish (4%)
  • Dutch (3%)

Chautauqua County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,253 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 232 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 87 (5%)
  • Other means: 26 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 101 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

148 people in nursing homes
6 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
70 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
9 people in residential treatment centers for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $44,469.

5.48% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($28,930 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.48%
Kansas average:

6.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.32% relocated from other counties in Kansas ($19,930 average AGI)
2.16% relocated from other states ($9,000 average AGI)
Chautauqua County:

2.16%
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 Montgomery County, KS  1.24% ($25,813 average AGI)
from Cowley County, KS  0.77% ($34,900)


6.21% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,272 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.21%
Kansas average:

6.89%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.83% relocated to other counties in Kansas ($23,086 average AGI)
2.38% relocated to other states ($11,198 average AGI)
Chautauqua County:

2.38%
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 Montgomery County, KS  1.23% ($38,500 average AGI)
to Cowley County, KS  0.77% ($48,700)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5

Births per 1000 population in Chautauqua County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 16.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Chautauqua County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 22.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Chautauqua County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 995 (847 aged, 148 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 47.87
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 11033.99
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 1555.770
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 55911.92

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1289.850
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1192.500
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 24.34

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 97.35

Household type by relationship:

Households: 3,590

Size of family households: 556 2-persons, 198 3-persons, 146 4-persons, 72 5-persons, 26 6-persons, 11 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 548 1-person, 44 2-persons, 3 3-persons, 3 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

729 married couples with children.
215 single-parent households (62 men, 153 women).

97.2% of residents of Chautauqua County speak English at home.
1.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (74% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $29,350,000 ($7025 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $457,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $13,472,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $8,052,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $704,000
Federal grants: $5,873,000
Federal procurement contracts: $248,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,001,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $300,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $206,000
Federal Government insurance: $893,000

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

Births: 189
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 376
Here:

92 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +4
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -58
Here -14 per 1000 residents
State -21 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Chautauqua County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.36 millions of gallons per day (36% from ground, 64% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.2
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 5
  • 2000 to 2004: 125
  • 1990 to 1999: 151
  • 1980 to 1989: 227
  • 1970 to 1979: 218
  • 1960 to 1969: 133
  • 1950 to 1959: 176
  • 1940 to 1949: 220
  • 1939 or earlier: 862
Rooms in houses/apartments in Chautauqua County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 10
  • 3 rooms: 17
  • 4 rooms: 192
  • 5 rooms: 407
  • 6 rooms: 351
  • 7 rooms: 222
  • 8 rooms: 137
  • 9+ rooms: 131
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 9
  • 3 rooms: 23
  • 4 rooms: 70
  • 5 rooms: 90
  • 6 rooms: 68
  • 7 rooms: 45
  • 8 rooms: 10
  • 9+ rooms: 10
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Chautauqua County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 5
  • 1 bedroom: 64
  • 2 bedrooms: 552
  • 3 bedrooms: 607
  • 4 bedrooms: 182
  • 5+ bedrooms: 59
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 50
  • 2 bedrooms: 105
  • 3 bedrooms: 133
  • 4 bedrooms: 30
  • 5+ bedrooms: 7
Cars and other vehicles available in Chautauqua County, Kansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 62
  • 1 vehicle: 363
  • 2 vehicles: 563
  • 3 vehicles: 297
  • 4 vehicles: 118
  • 5+ vehicles: 66
  • no vehicle: 38
  • 1 vehicle: 126
  • 2 vehicles: 117
  • 3 vehicles: 29
  • 4 vehicles: 13
  • 5+ vehicles: 4

63% of Chautauqua County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 40% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 52% lived in Kansas.

Chautauqua County:

63.1%
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: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Chautauqua County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (65.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (18.9%)
  • Wood (9.5%)
  • Electricity (5.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (65.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23.9%)
  • Wood (7.0%)
  • Electricity (3.4%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 16
Here:

3.2%
Kansas:

11.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 36
Here:

11.9%
Kansas:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 4
Here:

4.6%
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)

Chautauqua County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $820,000
    General - Other: $557,000
    Health Services - Other: $349,000
    Police Protection: $294,000
    Central Staff Services: $182,000
    Solid Waste Management: $172,000
    Financial Administration: $167,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $91,000
    General Public Buildings: $89,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $84,000
    Fire Protection: $68,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $8,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $75,000
    Higher Education: $31,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Health - Other: $309,000
    General - Other: $74,000
    Regular Highways: $47,000
    Judicial: $6,000
    Police Protection: $4,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,232,000

Chautauqua County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $388,000
    Solid Waste Management: $142,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $130,000
    General Support: $32,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $71,000
    Special Assessments: $5,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $4,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $280,000
    General Support: $109,000
    All Other: $5,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,732,000
    Total General Sales: $178,000
    NEC: $18,000
    Public Utilities: $13,000

Chautauqua County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $250,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $200,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $50,000

Chautauqua County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,234,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Chautauqua County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Chautauqua County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Chautauqua County, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James4977.6 years
John4577.8 years
William3677.4 years
Charles3578.4 years
Mary3380.4 years
George2677.9 years
Earl2378.8 years
Robert2275.3 years
Roy2175.0 years
Alice1980.4 years
Most common last names in Chautauqua County, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2582.0 years
White2378.4 years
Myers2179.1 years
Miller2179.6 years
Foster2080.9 years
Wilson1479.5 years
Wall1487.1 years
Mills1484.2 years
Jones1380.8 years
Johnson1380.7 years

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