Attica, Kansas

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Attica is a town in Harper County, Kansas, United States. The population was 636 at the 2000 census. The town is famous for damage caused by an F4 tornado that was featured on an episode of Shockwave on the History Channel.[citation needed]



Attica is located at 37°14′32″N 98°13′39″W / 37.24222°N 98.2275°W / 37.24222; -98.2275 (37.242124, -98.227489)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 636 people, 254 households, and 154 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,097.8 people per square mile (423.4/km²). There were 297 housing units at an average density of 512.6/sq mi (197.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.58% White, 0.94% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, and 0.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 254 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 31.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,012, and the median income for a family was $34,643. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,733. About 5.8% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.

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