Barton County, Kansas

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Barton County (county code BT) is a county located in Central Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was 28,205 at the 2000 census, and it was estimated to be 27,511 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Great Bend.[2] The county is named in honor of Clara Barton, responsible for the founding of the American Red Cross.

The Great Bend Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Barton County.


Law and government

Barton County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement. The food sales requirement was removed with voter approval in 2004.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 900 square miles (2,331.0 km2), of which 894 square miles (2,315.4 km2) is land and 6 square miles (15.5 km2), or 0.72%, is water.[4] The geographic center of Kansas is located in Barton County.

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