Clay County, Kansas

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Clay County (county code CY) is a county located in North Central Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was estimated to be 8,625 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Clay Center.[2]



When the first counties were created by the Kansas legislature in 1855, the territory within the present limits of the county was attached to Riley County for all revenue and judicial purposes. Subsequently Clay was attached to Geary County. In 1857 Clay was created and named in honor of the famous American statesman Henry Clay, a member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century.

Law and government

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Clay County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 655 square miles (1,696.4 km2), of which 644 square miles (1,668.0 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31.1 km2), or 1.77%, is water.[4]

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