Climax, Kansas

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Climax is a city in Greenwood County, Kansas, United States. The population was 64 at the 2000 census. For much of its life, Climax was a rail depot for the surrounding area, transporting grain, milk, and livestock.



Climax would begin to grow around a school, founded at the site of the present town, in 1873. The Climax post office, renamed from Belle Grove in 1873, would move several miles east into what would later be the town in 1879, the same year a railroad was constructed through the site. The town was officially platted in 1884. It was later incorporated in 1923. Climax began to wither during the 1920s as the railroad faced competition with automobiles. The Climax High School ceased to function after the 1957 school year, and the Climax Grade School ended service in 1969; education resumed after the closing of each school at Eureka, as part of USD 389. In the 1970s the Santa Fe Emporia-Moline railroad branch, passing through Climax, was taken out of service and demolished.


Climax is located at 37°43′13″N 96°13′26″W / 37.720155°N 96.223888°W / 37.720155; -96.223888 (37.720155, -96.223888).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 64 people, 24 households, and 18 families residing in the city. The population density was 509.3 people per square mile (190.1/km2). There were 29 housing units at an average density of 230.8/sq mi (86.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.94% White, 12.50% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.62% of the population.

There were 24 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.0% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 31.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.0 males.

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