Countryside, Kansas

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Countryside was a city-block-long residential street in Johnson County, Kansas, USA, which was incorporated by its residents as a city in 1951 under Kansas Law, as a status statement. In a special election on December 3, 2002, residents voted to re-consolidate with the surrounding city of Mission, Kansas, in which the houses and street had originally been built beginning in 1937. Countryside, as a separate governmental entity, ceased to exist on January 15, 2003, although the neighborhood retains the name informally.

As a city, Countryside consisted of 16 ranch-style houses of middle-class value situated on the north side of West 62nd Terrace, running eastward from Lamar Boulevard on the west to the Outlook Drive exit to Shawnee-Mission Parkway on its east. The south side was kept undeveloped, consisting of a strip of well-kept grass and trees opening, on its far side, onto a view of Shawnee-Mission Parkway, which had become a divided four-lane major artery, also running in an east-west direction, through Johnson County during the lated 1970s.

Countryside was entirely dependent, by conract, on Mission, Kansas for fire and police services, and had no commercial or governmental or other non-residential buildings within its boundaries. It drew its property regulations from the Countryside Homes Association, which regulated the larger Mission residential neighborhood from which Countryside had separated.

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Geography

Countryside is located at 39°0′58″N 94°39′19″W / 39.01611°N 94.65528°W / 39.01611; -94.65528 (39.015985, -94.655297)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²), all land.

Demographics

The census[1] of 2000 provides some bizarre and obviously incorrect demographics for Countryside. The census claimed that there were 295 people, 133 households, and 91 families residing in the city. The population density was 949.2/km² (2,449.9/mi²). There were 133 housing units at an average density of 421.5/km² (1,087.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.32% White, 0.34% Native American, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population. 32.5% were of German, 19.2% English, 13.6% Irish and 5.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

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