Cowley County, Kansas

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Cowley County (county code CL) is a county located in south-central Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was 36,291 at the 2000 census, and it was estimated to be 34,931 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Winfield.[2]

The Winfield Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Cowley County.



The county is named for Matthew Cowley, First Lieutenant in Company I, Ninth Kansas Cavalry, who died at the Battle of Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 7, 1864.

Law and government

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 1996, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink without a food sales requirement.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,133 square miles (2,934.5 km2), of which 1,126 square miles (2,916.3 km2) is land and 6 square miles (15.5 km2), or 0.56%, is water.[4]

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