Sherman County, Kansas (KS)

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County population in 2012: 6,113 (76% urban, 24% rural); it was 6,760 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 977
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 789
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,900
Renter-occupied apartments: 842 (it was 858 in 2000)
% of renters here:

31%
State:

32%

Land area: 1056 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.

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

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Sherman County: 79.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (35.6%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (24.1%), Educational, health and social services (13.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 51%
  • Government: 8%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 39%
  • Unpaid family work: 2%
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Races in Sherman County, Kansas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (86.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (10.8%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  42.0 years
Kansas median age:  36.0 years
Males: 3,005  (57.5%)
Females: 3,005  (42.5%)
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Sherman County,KS real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Sherman County:

2.0 people
Kansas:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $38,363 ($32,684 in 1999)

This county:

$38363
Kansas:

$50972

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $408 (lower quartile is $355, upper quartile is $505)
This county:

$408
State:

$569


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $74,951 (it was $62,400 in 2000)
Sherman:

$74,951
Kansas:

$129,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $43,760 - $113,936
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $931
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $325

Institutionalized population: 49

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):

Sherman County, KS map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $150,900
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $80,000

Presidential Elections Results

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1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,221 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $844 (1.6%)

Sherman County household income distribution in 2009 Sherman County home values distribution Sherman County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.8%
(17.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 3.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.1%
Sherman County:

17.1%
Kansas:

14.0%
(17.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 1.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 38 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 50 years old, Asian residents: 27 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 27 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Sherman County is $378 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $497 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $624 a month.

Cities in this county include: Goodland, Kanorado.

Sherman 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 Sherman County: Sugar Hills Golf Club (A), Kanorado Wastewater Plant (B), Kansas Department of Transportation Sherman County Rest Area (C), Airport Industrial Park (D), Frontier Agricultural Grain Elevator Number 10 (E), Stockholm Grain Elevator Number 1 (F), Interstate 70 Weigh Station 46 (G), KWGB - FM (Goodland) (H), KKCI - FM (Goodland) (I), KGCR - FM (Brewster) (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Sherman County: Pleasant Home Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Shermanville Cemetery (1), New Liberty Cemetery (2), Lava Cemetery (3), Kanorado Cemetery (4), Kanorado Catholic Cemetery (5), Harmony Cemetery (6), Goodland Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Sherman County State Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Creeks: Sappa Creek (A), Sandy Creek (B), South Beaver Creek (C), Middle Beaver Creek (D), Turtle Creek (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Neighboring counties: Cheyenne County , Kit Carson County, Colorado , Logan County , Rawlins County , Thomas County , Wallace County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

2.5%
Kansas:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 484
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 86.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 119 (58% naturalized citizens)

Sherman County:

1.8%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 20
  • 1990 to 1994: 48
  • 1985 to 1989: 19
  • 1980 to 1984: 12
  • 1975 to 1979: 9
  • 1970 to 1974: 9
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1965 to 1969: 0

Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 90.6%

Sherman County marital status for males Sherman County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Sherman County with a mortgage: 805 (93 second mortgage, 68 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 613

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

65.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Sherman County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,4505
Evangelical Protestant1,07412
Catholic6311
Other--
None2,855-
Sherman 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 supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

1.67 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.


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

6.70 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

11.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Sherman County:

9.7%
Kansas:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Sherman County:

28.1%
State:

27.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.3%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Sherman County:

Average size of farms: 1369 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $153,736
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $152.21
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 47.69%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $161,220
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 38.58%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $179,056
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.17%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.52
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.24%
Corn for grain: 62337 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 132747 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 6937 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Sherman County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Kansas state average. It is 2752219.0 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Sherman County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Kansas state average. It is 17% 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 290.7 miles away from Sherman County 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 234.9 miles away from the county 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 205.0 miles away from the county 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 232.7 miles away from the county center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 218.1 miles away from Sherman County center
On 12/25/1994 at 19:06:07, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 164.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Sherman County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
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 (98%)
  • France (2%)

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

  • German (35%)
  • United States or American (14%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • English (8%)
  • Swedish (5%)
  • Norwegian (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

Sherman County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,670 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 262 (8%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 7 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 7 (0%)
  • Walked: 92 (3%)
  • Other means: 47 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 248 (7%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 62 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 60 people in nursing homes
  • 12 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
53 people in college/university student housing
49 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $44,510.

7.16% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,012 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.16%
Kansas average:

6.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.82% relocated from other counties in Kansas ($10,224 average AGI)
4.34% relocated from other states ($18,788 average AGI)
Sherman County:

4.34%
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 Thomas County, KS  0.43% ($28,000 average AGI)


7.81% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,370 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.81%
Kansas average:

6.89%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.88% relocated to other counties in Kansas ($14,884 average AGI)
3.92% relocated to other states ($14,486 average AGI)
Sherman County:

3.92%
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 Thomas County, KS  0.99% ($24,652 average AGI)
to Ellis County, KS  0.47% ($19,545)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Births per 1000 population in Sherman County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Sherman County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Sherman County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,245 (1,117 aged, 128 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 16.08
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 15149.57
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 402.060
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 26085.56

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1348.940
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1332.680
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 32.5

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 46.08
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 113.770

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16.25

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,908

Size of family households: 867 2-persons, 318 3-persons, 241 4-persons, 116 5-persons, 50 6-persons, 25 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 864 1-person, 91 2-persons, 17 3-persons, 12 4-persons, 5 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

1,283 married couples with children.
307 single-parent households (80 men, 227 women).

90.7% of residents of Sherman County speak English at home.
7.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (72% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $70,706,000 ($11371 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $751,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $18,018,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $11,462,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $31,577,000
Federal grants: $5,861,000
Federal procurement contracts: $372,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,417,000 ($241,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $596,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $7,140,000
Federal Government insurance: $54,770,000

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

Births: 401
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 355
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +13
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -660
Here -107 per 1000 residents
State -21 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Sherman County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.72 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 60
  • 1990 to 1999: 377
  • 1980 to 1989: 204
  • 1970 to 1979: 698
  • 1960 to 1969: 372
  • 1950 to 1959: 702
  • 1940 to 1949: 302
  • 1939 or earlier: 394
Rooms in houses/apartments in Sherman County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 25
  • 3 rooms: 51
  • 4 rooms: 154
  • 5 rooms: 414
  • 6 rooms: 372
  • 7 rooms: 306
  • 8 rooms: 249
  • 9+ rooms: 329
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 50
  • 3 rooms: 148
  • 4 rooms: 144
  • 5 rooms: 190
  • 6 rooms: 140
  • 7 rooms: 79
  • 8 rooms: 44
  • 9+ rooms: 63
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Sherman County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 10
  • 1 bedroom: 43
  • 2 bedrooms: 442
  • 3 bedrooms: 840
  • 4 bedrooms: 396
  • 5+ bedrooms: 169
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 163
  • 2 bedrooms: 356
  • 3 bedrooms: 235
  • 4 bedrooms: 67
  • 5+ bedrooms: 37
Cars and other vehicles available in Sherman County, Kansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 33
  • 1 vehicle: 448
  • 2 vehicles: 780
  • 3 vehicles: 342
  • 4 vehicles: 213
  • 5+ vehicles: 84
  • no vehicle: 69
  • 1 vehicle: 379
  • 2 vehicles: 239
  • 3 vehicles: 132
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5+ vehicles: 30

58% of Sherman County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 43% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 53% lived in Kansas.

Sherman County:

58.0%
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: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Sherman County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (86.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.1%)
  • Electricity (4.0%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)
  • Utility gas (82.5%)
  • Electricity (10.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


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

1.0%
Kansas:

11.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 15
Here:

4.3%
Kansas:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 11
Here:

2.5%
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)

Sherman County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $1,272,000
    Regular Highways: $1,083,000
    Solid Waste Management: $846,000
    Central Staff Services: $524,000
    Health - Other: $501,000
    Police Protection: $379,000
    Hospitals: $333,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $229,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $195,000
    Financial Administration: $146,000
    General Public Buildings: $120,000
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $50,000
    Correctional Institutions: $40,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $34,000
    Libraries: $15,000
    Corrections - Other: $11,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $12,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $488,000
    Other Higher Education: $26,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $414,000
    Regular Highways: $296,000
    General - Other: $133,000
    Central Staff Services: $116,000
    Police Protection: $33,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $12,000
    Health - Other: $6,000
    Financial Administration: $3,000
    General Public Building: $2,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,781,000

Sherman County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $952,000
    All Other: $87,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $68,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $82,000
    General Local Government Support: $11,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $216,000
    Interest Earnings: $150,000
    Rents: $3,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $367,000
    Highways: $333,000
    General Local Government Support: $14,000
  • Tax - Property: $3,711,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,166,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $167,000
    Other Selective Sales: $85,000
    Other License: $51,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $44,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $28,000
    Severance: $2,000

Sherman County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $300,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $200,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $100,000

Sherman County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,828,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $82,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Sherman County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Sherman County, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John5075.3 years
William4078.6 years
Mary3782.4 years
Robert3472.5 years
Charles3176.7 years
George2977.9 years
Dorothy2379.6 years
James2270.2 years
Anna2187.7 years
Frank2080.7 years
Most common last names in Sherman County, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2778.0 years
Johnson2279.0 years
Peter2174.3 years
Jones1676.5 years
Anderson1578.6 years
Taylor1578.7 years
Brown1572.3 years
Miller1474.0 years
Harper1280.8 years
Elliott1181.7 years
Businesses in Sherman County, KS
NameCountNameCount
Chevrolet1MasterBrand Cabinets2
Comfort Inn1McDonald's1
Dairy Queen1Motel 61
Days Inn2Pizza Hut1
FedEx3Super 81
Ford1U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS1
Holiday Inn1Walmart1
Lane Furniture1Wendy's1